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Your Questions About Spinal Decompression Answered: Part 3

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Spinal Decompression Spinal decompression is used mostly in patients who have tried physical therapy, chiropractic care, surgery, and epidurals without any true relief. The procedure is also considered for those who have herniated discs causing pressure on the nerves and for those with spinal stenosis, sciatica, or chronic back pain. Patients ranging in age from 20 to 90 benefit from the procedure.

When is spinal decompression used and when is it not used?

The procedure works well for patients from ages 25 to 55. It is important to know that the results may not be immediate, especially when the patient is elderly. The practice is not used on patients who have a metal implant in their spine or those who are pregnant.

What results are typically seen and how are they measured?

The results vary depending on the condition’s severity. The patient wants to be able to return to everyday activities with a lot less pain. It typically takes around five or six visits before a patient starts to feel true relief. Patients usually experience total relief when they are on the table during decompression. When an MRI is performed, one goal is to conduct a comparative study that shows a reduction in disc herniation.

Overall, each individual may see different results. While some may feel relief in six treatments, others may not see relief until their 20th treatment. As with any type of chiropractic care, the differences from patient-to-patient cause outcomes to be different. (more…)

Your Questions About Spinal Decompression Answered: Part 2

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Brandon ChiropractorSurgical spinal decompression is a treatment option used to alleviate certain types of back pain. However, it tends to be a last resort after other methods have been exhausted. Your chiropractor may recommend this type of surgery for bone growths, ruptured or bulging discs, and other spinal issues. The procedure is known to produce relief for symptoms related to pressure on the nerves and spinal cord, such as:

  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Weakness in the spine
  • Sciatic pain and balance problems

Different Types of Surgical Spinal Decompression Procedures

Your chiropractor may suggest one or more types of surgeries to relieve spinal pressure. In addition, spinal fusion may be needed to stabilize the spine. The following are types of back surgery that may be recommended:

  • Laminectomy or laminotomy – A small portion of bone is removed. An entire bony arch or section of it may be removed to increase spinal canal size so pressure can be relieved.
  • Diskectomy – A portion of a disk is removed so nerve pressure can be relieved.
  • Foraminectomy or Foraminotomy – Tissue and bone is removed so openings can be expanded for nerve roots.
  • Corpectomy – The disk between the vertebrae is removed
  • Osteophyte removal – Bone growths are removed from the spine

How many surgeries you have depends on the severity of the condition. (more…)

Your Questions About Spinal Decompression Answered: Part 1

Posted on: November 4th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Nonsurgical_Spinal_Decompression_Technique-wikipediaDealing with back pain is no joke. It can severely impact your quality of life, making it difficult to carry on normal activities. While medications like pain relievers might be the go-to cure for some, it’s generally not recommended as a long-term solution. After all, you’re just masking the pain and not treating the underlying condition that’s causing it. To get at the source of your pain, spinal decompression might be the right solution for you.

What Is It?

Nonsurgical treatments should be your first course. And for most, they will do the job in relieving pain and reducing your symptoms over time. Nonsurgical spinal decompression actually requires that you undergo chiropractic treatment. Your practitioner will likely place you in motorized traction in an attempt to stretch the spine very gently. This reduces the pressure on the individual disks in the spine. Over time, stretching the spine and reducing this pressure will cause bulging or herniated disks to heal. This reduces the incidence of pinched nerves and provides permanent pain relief.

When you first go in for chiropractic care, it’s important to note what conditions can be treated specifically with this treatment. Everyday back and neck pain are common reasons people seek treatment. Sciatica is another common reason. Bulging or herniated disks are another reason. A few other potential reasons to seek out spinal decompression include degenerative disk disease, posterior facet syndrome, and radiculopathy. (more…)