Spinal decompression is a non-invasive treatment used to treat severe and chronic back pain. The most common conditions that warrant decompression treatment are as follows:
Among all the conditions that call for spinal decompression therapy, herniated disc is the most common. This happens when the spinal disc is compressed and protruding outwards, thereby exerting pressure on the spinal nerves, which can then result in pain. Typically an MRI or CT scan can confirm this condition.
Another common condition is degenerative disc disease. Wear and tear and old aging can cause a loss of disc height that causes the vertebral bodies to be more compressed. This can lead to the surrounding nerves to become constricted. Decompression therapy can help reduce the pressure on the degenerated disc, which then alleviates the painful symptoms.
How does Spinal Decompression Work?
Gone are the days of pulley and weight traction system to treat spinal disc injuries. The old-fashioned inversion therapy has only been proven to provide temporary pain relief, as it is more of a fitness therapy rather than treatment. The process of spinal decompression begins by placing the patient over a computer controlled spinal table. The patient is strapped down to the table at the pelvic and thoracic regions. Depending on the patient’s condition, the correct protocol is entered into the computer. The machine tucks the patient in place and applies a negative force to the affected area; this is where decompression occurs. The negative pressure exerted by the machine can help retract the expanded disc to take pressure off the lower back and allow it to heal.
Sufferers may be required to undergo a series of treatments, depending on the severity of the condition. Each session of spinal decompression therapy lasts for approximately 30 minutes.