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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.

If you’re nervous about the treatment, don’t be. It’s non-invasive and can be quite relaxing. When you go in for a chiropractic session, you will be placed in a harness around your upper body and your pelvis. Then, you’ll lie on a table that’s elevation is controlled by a computer. The practitioner will then adjust the table to allow for gentle decompression of the spine. A standard treatment session takes between 30 and 45 minutes and it’s not unheard of for patients to require between 20 and 28 sessions to find relief. Spinal decompression often works best when used in conjunction with other treatments like hot or cold therapy, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound. Sometimes, the use of physical therapy, rest, and steroid injections can assist with recovery as well. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are recommended to manage pain during treatment.

Be sure to discuss your questions and concerns with your chiropractic care provider before undergoing treatment. And be sure to come back again soon to learn more about this form of treatment!

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