Spinal decompression therapy is quickly becoming one of the best conservative treatment methods for those patients with pain originating from a herniated or bulging disc. This therapy is normally performed in a series of small sessions, with the exact number of sessions varying from patient to patient based on the treatment plan created by their physician.
What will Spinal Decompression Therapy treat?
Spinal decompression therapy is currently being used in the treatment of a herniated or bulging disc, and provides relief through the use of a decompression table. This therapy is applicable for pain due to failed back surgery, arthritic damage, degenerative disc disease, and compressed spinal nerves.
However, patients with severe cases of osteoporosis and patients who have had spinal surgery with remaining internal instruments are not eligible for this therapy.
How is Spinal Decompression Therapy performed?
Spinal decompression therapy centers around an application of traction to the spinal muscles in order to convince the body that it is healthy, reducing the likelihood that the muscles will spasm. Separating the area surrounding the discs with this traction will create a negative pressure within the intervertebral space that houses the discs. This will create suction into the area, drawing in much needed fresh blood which contains the oxygen, nutrients, and healing factors that would otherwise not be available to the disc.
Modern decompression techniques are vastly superior to the methods used previously, and are able to provide a much safer, more reliable treatment. Previous decompression methods involved manipulating the entire spine at once in an effort to create traction in the right spot. Current techniques use technology in the form of a computer-controlled decompression table that is able to work on the individual area of the spine containing the damaged disc.
Patients will be placed on the decompression table and secured to ensure the traction device is applied only to the desired area. A lab technician will remain on hand to monitor the therapy session.
How well does Spinal Decompression Therapy work?
Modern decompression therapy is a reliable, pain-free treatment that can provide great relief to a patient suffering from a herniated or bulging disc. Patients need only to relax and allow the decompression table to do its work. It is entirely possible for the patient to sleep through this procedure if they wish, but many choose to spend their time with a book or simply relaxing into a pillow instead. If the patient moves throughout the therapy, the decompression table is designed to compensate for it and continue the session.
Many patients will obtain a noticeable amount of relief on or around the halfway point of their therapy sessions. Patients are encouraged to attend each of their sessions, as the treatment plan designed by their physician is meant to incorporate each.
What are the risks of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
There is almost no risk associated with the modern spinal decompression treatment as there are numerous safety measures in place to protect the patient. The treatment itself is handled entirely by a computer, and the device and the patient are monitored by the technician.
If you or a loved one would like to learn more about Spinal Decompression Therapy, contact Consultants in Pain Medicine today. The practice has a Double Board Certified pain management doctor accepting over 50 insurance plans at multiple locations.
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