What is spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression is a nonsurgical treatment option for people experiencing mild to moderate back pain. This back pain can be caused by a degenerative disc disease, such as a bulging disc or herniated disc that is placing pressure on a nearby nerve root.

This type of therapy is used to realign the components of the spine in order to relieve pressure on a pinched nerve that is causing chronic pain and symptoms. By using traction, spinal decompression therapy increases circulation to the damaged disc, allowing it to begin the natural healing process. This may not only relieve disc pressure, but also reduce compression of nearby spinal nerve roots.

If you are suffering from chronic back pain from a damaged disc, you should consult your physician about decompression therapy and other conservative treatments. This therapy could reduce your pain and prevent you from requiring spine surgery to correct your condition.

Who is not a candidate for spinal decompression therapy?

The following factors may eliminate spinal decompression therapy as a treatment option for certain individuals:

  • Advanced age
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Advanced disc degeneration
  • Other musculoskeletal conditions or injuries

You should always consult your physician before beginning or changing a treatment for chronic back pain. Your physician can help you find the best treatment option for your needs based on the cause of your pain and your medical history.

Other conservative spine treatments

If you are exploring your options for nonsurgical neck or back pain treatments, you may want to discuss the option of spinal decompression therapy with your physician. Other treatments include yoga, low-impact exercise, hot/cold compresses, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, behavior modification, pain medication and pain relief injections.

Some individuals also choose to combine different forms of complementary and alternative medicine into their treatment regimens, such as massage, acupuncture, acupressure and chiropractic manipulation.

While conservative treatments are often effective ways to reduce the pain of a damaged disc in the spine, some individuals may not find lasting relief after several months of therapy. If you have exhausted all forms of conservative treatment and you are still suffering from chronic neck or back pain, consult your physician about the minimally invasive spine surgery available at Laser Spine Institute.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization procedures that remove the portion of the damaged disc that is pressing against the nerve root and causing the pain. The procedure is performed through a small incision that allows our patients to experience a shorter recovery time§ as well as a safer, more effective procedure than traditional open neck or back surgery.

For more information about the benefits of our minimally invasive spine surgery, or to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, contact Laser Spine Institute today and ask for a no-cost review* of your MRI report.

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