Spinal decompression is a medical procedure used for relieving pain and pressure from one or many pinched nerves of the spinal column (neural impingement). The FDA-approved treatment procedure uses equipment to apply distraction forces to the spinal column in a precise and graduated way. Traction involves separating the bones, discs, and joints of the spine; this relieves the pressure on the nerves, reduces pain, and improves functionality.
A person who has chronic back pain would be an ideal candidate for this procedure. Lower back pain can result from spinal stenosis or herniated discs and bulging discs. Chronic back pain can prevent a person from walking, sitting, working, and even enjoying any recreation activities.
During the procedure the patient lies face up on the decompression table. Comfortable and padded straps will be snug around the waist and around the lower chest so that the patient remains stable and secure throughout the procedure. Decompression treatment can be approached from two angles.
1. It involves the use of low-force, monitored equipment that gently stretches the spinal cord. The machine re-positions the spine by guiding it to an optimal state of alignment.
2. The chiropractor can also combine the spinal decompression treatments with physical therapy and traditional chiropractic adjustment. This is an integrated approach which provides optimal pain relief and speeds up the rehabilitation process.
For a candidate with chronic back pain there are several benefits of using this treatment approach. Research shows that most patients are able to benefit from treatment after about 10 to 12 sections. This of course depends on the patient’s level of injury. The procedure has also been proved painless and much safer than surgery, which carries the risk of death or disc damage. Decompression does have a risk but with a qualified professional, such as those at Midland Sports Rehab, this risk is nearly close to zero. Surgery can not only be risky but is also associated with more adverse side effects.
The process of traction that, over time involves a process of decompression and partial relaxation, can be of great benefit. The procedure encourages the diffusion of oxygen, water, and nutrients from the outside of the disc to the inside. These nutrients assist in the healing of the torn and degenerated fibers.
The procedure is less costly compared to surgical treatment and flexible payment options are available. The recovery time has also been proved to be significantly shorter than that of surgery.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Berard to see if you are a candidate for spinal decompression. Call today.