Spinal decompression is a non-surgical procedure that alleviates back and leg pain, or neck and arm pain associated with damaged discs and related conditions. Similar to traction, decompression therapy has a high success rate, even when traditional medical interventions have failed. A common component of chiropractic, it’s FDA-approved and supported by research.
For patients who are wondering if the procedure may be right for them, there is good news. Spinal decompression is usually effective for anyone whose pain is caused, at least in part, by herniated, protruding or bulging discs. Disc problems can occur because of an injury, heavy lifting, or a degenerative disc condition. As discs deteriorate, they lose their gel-like substance that helps to cushion the spine, leading to pressure and pain.
In many cases, decompression therapy is recommended for people whose spinal nerve roots have become injured or diseased.
Those with spinal stenosis can also reap benefits from decompression therapy. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the bone channel that surrounds the spinal cord. While some people are born with the condition, it most frequently occurs as part of the aging process. Initially, patients may not have any symptoms, but eventually notice weakness, numbness, and pain radiating to the arms or legs. Any part of the back can be impacted, though thoracic (middle/upper back) stenosis is less common than other types. Lumbar (lower spinal) stenosis can cause sciatica or manifest as symptoms that look like a vascular problem.
Additionally, this modality has been shown to mitigate facet syndrome. Striking the low back and neck, this condition, though painful, typically doesn’t disrupt spinal nerves. Small, stabilizing joints called facet joints are located between and behind spinal vertebrae, giving the spine enough flexibility and support to move as it should. Degeneration of these joints can cause quite a bit of discomfort.
It’s recommended that back pain sufferers consult with a chiropractor, who can perform an assessment to determine whether they are good candidates for spinal decompression therapy. The procedure is painless and provides long-lasting relief.