Spinal Decompression Therapy

FAQs Spinal Decompression Therapy at Texas Pain Network

Spinal Decompression Therapy, not to be confused with spinal decompression surgery, is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure used for the treatment of chronic back pain and sciatica most commonly associated with herniated discs or degenerative disc disease.

What conditions are treatable with Spinal Decompression Therapy?


Spinal Decompression Therapy is a procedure that is used to treat acute and chronic pain associated with herniated discs and degenerative disc disease (sciatica and radiculopathy); it is also very effective in treating chronic pain associated with facet syndrome and spinal stenosis.

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What are expectations when a patient receives Spinal Decompression Therapy in San Antonio?


For many patients, relief from their pain will be experienced with one visit. Repeat visits may be required to maintain this level of relief. The treatment not only relieves their pain but is intended to help restore their discs by creating a negative intra-discal pressure which allows the discs to experience improved hydration and blood flow.


Studies on spinal decompression therapy have shown that pain relief is achieved in 85% of patients, and that relief may last for over 6 months. It is an excellent nonoperative treatment that may help patients avoid surgery for sciatica, radiculopathy or back/neck pain.

How is San Antonio Spinal Decompression Therapy performed?


True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy is performed on a special table that is computer-controlled to provide the optimum treatment with intermittent traction. If the traction was continuous, one’s muscles would spasm and “guard” against proper pain relief.

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Patients lie on their back or stomach, depending on the area being treated and the specific table. The patient’s torso will be held stationary by means of two upright posts as it were, that fit into your armpits, or a pelvic strap. The lower body is fitted into a harness, and the machine gently pulls the lower body and then relaxes to relieve the pressure on the intervertebral discs. Negative pressure is achieved in the disc space, allowing increased blood flow and oxygen to enter for healing.


The increments of movement are so small that you may not even realize it is pulling on you. A lot of patients actually fall asleep during treatment.  When the neck is treated, the padded posts are placed under the mastoid process.


How long do the benefits from Spinal Decompression Therapy last?


Individual results cannot be anticipated, however with follow up treatments the effect can be very long lasting, up to 6-12 months for some patients. If the pain returns, additional pain relief may be achieved with repeat sessions.

What risk or side effects are associated with Spinal Decompression Therapy?


Because the procedure is non-invasive, risks and side effects are minimum. Pregnant patients should not have the treatment or those with severe osteoporosis.

In addition, individuals who have had an instrumented fusion of the neck or low back should not have the treatment either.

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Bottom line on this treatment?


If you suffer from chronic pain and sciatica due to herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome or spinal stenosis, Spinal Decompression Therapy may be beneficial for you.

Discuss your condition with your San Antonio chiropractor or pain management specialist at Texas Pain Network to see if Spinal Decompression Therapy is right for you!

Call the top San Antonio spinal decompression therapy center today at (210) 202-4030.