If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from back or neck pain, you’ve probably spent quite a bit of time exploring your treatment options. During your research, you may have stumbled across information about chiropractic work and heard about chiropractic decompression, but you may not understand exactly what this treatment option entails.
Chiropractic decompression is a treatment that aims to release compressed nerves in the spine by manipulating misaligned vertebrae, joints, and intervertebral discs back into their proper places, all through nonsurgical means.
What Forms Can Chiropractic Decompression Take?
After a physical examination and a discussion of the location, frequency, and severity of your symptoms, your chiropractor may attempt to manipulate your spine manually by twisting, palpation, or stretching. Decompression tables also are used in some cases. These devices put the affected region of your spine into traction and use pulling, stretching, inversion, or intradiscal negative pressure to pull spinal anatomy back into place. It is important to remember that chiropractic work does not “fix” the problem causing your spine pain. Rather, a herniated disc, bulging disc, or shifted vertebra is temporarily realigned. In other words, the pain relief experienced through chiropractic treatments typically is temporary. Reported risks of chiropractic manipulation in the form of decompression include stroke, paralysis, and nerve damage.
Alternative Treatment Options
Chiropractic work is not for everyone. If you suffer from a degenerative spine condition and the pain of facet disease or degenerative disc disease has become debilitating, there are other nonsurgical treatment options, including:
- Therapeutic exercise and stretches
- Pain medication
- Behavior modification
- Cold therapy and hot therapy
If weeks or months of conservative treatment do not help you to achieve lasting relief from your spine pain, it may be time to contact Laser Spine Institute. Our team of orthopedic experts is waiting to tell you about our minimally invasive, decompression procedures that have already helped tens of thousands of people just like you. Call or e-mail us to request a free review of your MRI or CT scan today.