Many people have turned to nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy to help and have found relief. Decompression therapy is highly effective and has shown itself to be successful for 90 percent of patients. The minimally invasive procedure reduces strain on the nerve root, while also preserving disc strength and the possibility of future treatment options, including surgery. Doctors have used spinal decompression therapy for back pain, sciatica, degenerative disk disease, bulging and herniated disks, worn spinal joints, and injured spinal nerve roots.
Disc decompression is typically performed as an outpatient procedure and requires only local anesthetic and mild sedation, lessening the possible complications of general anesthesia and surgery. During the procedure, your spine will be stretched gently allowing change to the position of your spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks by creating negative pressure in the disc. This allows bulging or herniated disks to retract and gives relief to nerves and other structures in your spine. As a result, water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids are able to move into the disks and allow them to heal.
The Benefits of Disc Decompression
- Less scarring than surgery
- Low complication and morbidity rates
- Quick recovery: generally 3-5 days
- Reduced used of pain medication
- Return to previous levels of activity
- Significant pain relief
During a spinal decompression procedure, you are fully clothed and fitted with a harness around your pelvis and trunk. You either lie face down or face up on a computer-controlled table. Your doctor will operate the computer to customize the treatment specifically for your needs. Treatment usually lasts about 30 minutes and most require as many as 20 to 28 treatments over a period of one to two months. Your doctor may add other treatments before or after therapy such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or heat or cold therapy.