Spinal Decompression Therapy for Back Pain

Back pain is extremely disruptive to people’s daily lives. When you have this back pain, it is hard to think about anything else except for finding relief from this pain. Many people turn to spinal decompression therapy for their back pain, whether it is surgical or nonsurgical. Can spinal decompression be the right treatment for you?

Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression for Back Pain

Spinal decompression works simply by stretching the spine. Doing this, changes the position and the force of the spine. The result is pressure taken off of the spinal discs, by creating negative pressure in the disc. Doing this can allow herniated or bulging discs to retract, which may take pressure off of the nerves in your spine and even other structures in your spine. This helps to move oxygen, nutrient-rich fluids, and water to go into the discs so they may heal.Spinal Decompression for Back Pain

Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Can Treat:

-Herniated or bulging discs or degenerative disc disease

-Sciatica, neck or back pain

-Diseased or injured spinal never roots

-Worn spinal joints

How is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Performed?

For the nonsurgical spinal decompression, you are fitted with a harness around your pelvis and another one around your trunk. You then lie down on a computer-controlled table, and your doctor operates the computer. Usually, the treatment lasts between 30 and 45 minutes and may take between 20 to 28 sessions over five to seven weeks to complete the treatment.

Before beginning the treatment, you should ask your doctor if you are a good candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression. Pregnant women are advised against doing this treatment. People with the following conditions are also advised against doing this treatment:

-Tumor

-Fracture

-Advanced osteoporosis

-Abdominal aortic aneurysm

-Metal implants in the spine

Surgical Spinal Decompression for Back Pain

Surgical spinal decompression is another way to treat certain types of back pain but is usually considered only as a last resort. If you have no luck with other measures, your doctor may tell you that your best option is surgical spinal decompression if you have bony growths, ruptured or bulging discs, or another spinal problem. Having this surgery can help with:

-Numbness

-Pain

-WeaknessSpinal decompression for back pain

-Tingling

Different Types of Surgeries

Your doctor may suggest to you one or more types of spinal decompression operations. These are the different procedures that your doctor may recommend:

-Laminotomy-A small portion of bone is removed to relieve pressure and increase the size of the spinal canal

-Discectomy-A portion of the disc is removed, so pressure on the nerves is relieved

-Foraminotomy-Bone and other tissue are removed to expand the openings for the nerve roots

-Corpectomy-This involves removing discs and vertebral body between the vertebrae

-Osteophyte removal-Bony growths are removed during surgery

Just like any other surgery, there are risks with spinal decompression surgery. One big risk is that your back pain will improve just a little or not at all. That is why it is always recommended to go with the nonsurgical procedure if you can. Some of the surgical risks are:

-Bleeding

-Infection

-Allergic reaction to anesthesia

-Nerve or tissue damage

-Blood clots

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