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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.

What other treatments are combined with spinal decompression?

The procedure is combined with a core-strengthening program. By strengthening the core, posture is improved and the spine is better supported. Manual chiropractic therapies may also be included, such as the Active Release Technique. Another treatment is the deep tissue laser, which reduces inflammation.

How many treatments are required?

The typical program calls for 20 treatments over a six week period. This translates into three or four treatments per week. The complexity of the patient’s condition also determines the amount of rehabilitation needed.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of spinal decompression?

The advantages are many with one being that spinal decompression is a non-surgical chiropractic procedure that does not require drugs. The procedure is also very safe with little chance of causing injury to the patient. The con is that it can be costly and insurance companies may not pick it up. Results are also not immediately apparent.

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