Decompression Articles

Degenerative Spine Conditions and Spinal Instability
Spinal instability becomes more likely as people approach middle age and the parts of the spine begin to wear out. For example, spinal discs begin to lose water content, elasticity and height, while the joints linking the vertebrae together can become inflamed after protective cartilage becomes brittle...

Can Chiropractic Decompression Help Me?
Chiropractic decompression focuses on improving spinal nerve function by taking pressure off them through manual adjustment and devices. Nerve compression is commonly caused by bulging discs, bone spurs and other degenerative spine conditions. Chiropractors believe that the body’s overall health...

Surgical Spinal Decompression | Laser Spine Institute
Although millions of people have neck and back conditions like herniated discs, bulging discs or spinal stenosis, many people are unaware of possible treatment options beyond conservative therapies such as pain medication, physical therapy and chiropractic care. This may be because they’re unsure about...

Non Surgical Nerve Decompression
Non surgical decompression is the practice of using stretching, negative intradiscal pressure or inversion to pull displaced disc material back into its proper place between two vertebrae. Commonly, devices like decompression tables are used, along with traction devices that are fastened around the patient’s...

Decompression Treatment — Overview
Decompression treatment focuses on releasing pressure that has built up around spinal nerves. Because the spinal cord and the nerve roots that branch off of it are the origin for all the nerves in the body, pressure on these nerves can cause discomfort to radiate to the extremities. It is important...

The Purpose of Decompression Tables
Spinal nerves can experience stress from a variety of sources, the most common sources being herniated discs and bulging discs. When a degenerative condition causes the discs between the vertebrae to tear or bulge beyond normal perimeters, the surrounding spinal nerves have less room to travel in the...

Understanding Surgical Decompression
Surgical decompression of the spine describes a procedure that aims to release pressure placed on spinal nerves. Decompression can be achieved by removing the material that is exerting this pressure, or by widening the openings, called foramina, through which the spinal nerves travel as they exit the...

DRX9000 Decompression Treatment
Decompression treatment is used to help relieve the pain and symptoms caused by nerve compression in the spine. For many patients diagnosed with nerve compression, the act of lengthening and stretching the spine with some form of decompression treatment, such as a table, can help relieve the pressure...

How Does a Decompression Table Relieve Pain?
Back pain is something that nearly everyone will deal with at some point. It’s a byproduct of getting older, can come with overdoing physical activity, or may be caused by something as simple as a poor night’s sleep. This makes the need for back pain treatment something that nearly everyone can relate...

What is a Decompression Machine?
Rather than endure the risks of traditional open spine surgery, patients who are suffering from nerve compression caused by a degenerative spine condition may find pain relief with a decompression machine. A decompression machine is designed to stretch and lengthen the spine, reversing the effects of...

Nerve Decompression Surgery for the Cervical Spine
A decompression surgery can treat conditions affecting the cervical (upper) spine when conservative treatments have not brought relief needed for a return to normal activity. A pinched nerve from a herniated disc or arthritis can do more than cause neck pain — nerve compression can also lead to neuropathic...

How a Herniated Disc Can Irritate a Nerve and Require Decompression Treatment
If you’ve been diagnosed with a herniated disc, you may be surprised to know that this spine condition is one of the most common causes of chronic neck and back pain. In a healthy spine, the discs act as shock absorbers between the bones, allowing the spine to flex and bend freely. When a disc becomes...

What Is Minimally Invasive Decompression of a Pinched Nerve?
Living with pain and other symptoms related to a pinched, or compressed nerve, can be beyond frustrating. Sometimes nerve compression can be as temporary as your foot “falling asleep” for a minute or two after sitting in an awkward position. However, a pinched nerve can lead to chronic and debilitating...

What is Spinal Decompression?
The most common cause of chronic neck and back pain is spinal compression. Spinal compression occurs naturally as a result of years of weight gain and repetitive motion, as well as the development of arthritis in the spine. As spinal compression progresses, the components of the spine are forced out...

Approaches to Cervical Decompression Therapy
If you have been diagnosed with a cervical (upper) spine condition, such as a herniated or bulging disc, that causes nerve compression, you may benefit from cervical decompression therapy. The purpose of cervical decompression therapy is to release pressure on the affected nerve in the spinal column...

Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression therapy refers to the process of relieving pressure on one or more of the nerves in the spine. There are a variety of procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, that can achieve decompression, though it is typically recommended that a patient begin with conservative forms of treatment...

What is Spinal Decompression Surgery?
Spinal decompression surgery is a procedure that patients consider when they have been experiencing the painful symptoms of a pinched nerve in the neck or back and conservative options have not brought relief. The goal of this type of procedure is to access the spine and remove spinal anatomy that is...

Lumbar Decompression Therapy
Lumbar decompression is a technique that can help relieve the symptoms of pain, tingling and weakness that people feel in their lower backs, buttocks, legs and feet. These issues are especially common in the region of the lumbar spine because the lower back is very flexible and is responsible for supporting...

Back Decompression Therapy
Back decompression is a form of treatment for lower spine conditions — such as herniated discs or arthritis — that aims to relieve nerve compression. Every person experiences some degree of age-related degeneration of spinal anatomy, but the most painful and disruptive symptoms are often the result...

Nerve Decompression
Spinal nerve decompression is the removal or adjustment of bony material or tissue that is pressing on, or compressing, a nerve root or the spinal cord. Nerve compression can be caused by a number of spinal conditions – including bone spurs and damaged intervertebral discs – most of which arise during...

Decompression for a Disc Herniation
Decompression for a disc herniation is performed in order to alleviate symptoms associated with nerve compression caused by the escape of gel-like nucleus material that has leaked through a tear in the outer wall of an intervertebral disc. These symptoms include localized or radiating pain, tingling,...

What Is Decompression Surgery?
The purpose of decompression surgery for a spinal condition is to take pressure off a nerve that has been constricted by displaced spinal anatomy. Nerve compression can produce symptoms such as localized or radiating pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness. In many cases, conservative treatment,...

Decompression for Cervical Spine Conditions
Decompression for cervical (neck area) spine conditions has, in the past, been limited to highly invasive surgical procedures that required long hospital stays and had a lengthy recuperation period. Traditional open neck surgeries involve the removal of intervertebral discs and, frequently, the fusion...

Decompression for Spinal Conditions
Decompression for spinal conditions has traditionally taken the form of highly invasive open spine surgery performed to take pressure off a compressed nerve in the spine. In this type of procedure, a large incision is required to access the spine and remove spinal anatomy to create the needed space. At...

What Is Decompression Treatment for Back Pain?
Decompression is a general term used by orthopedic specialists for a range of procedures designed to relieve neck or back pain. It is properly used to describe surgical procedures that relieve pressure on spinal nerves caused by a herniated disc, a bulging disc, a bone spur, spinal stenosis or other...

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