Back pain treatment — how spinal traction aims to relieve pain

Spinal traction is a treatment used by chiropractors and physical therapists to help stretch the spine and create space between the spinal discs and vertebrae. Spinal traction, also referred to as spinal decompression treatment, often benefits patients with degenerative spine conditions that cause nerve compression, such as a herniated disc. This conservative method of treatment has very few risks or potential side effects and is a commonly used therapeutic method.

If you are suffering from chronic back pain or have been diagnosed with a spine condition, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss starting a spinal traction treatment plan. He or she can help you determine whether or not this would be a beneficial treatment method for you depending on the type of spine condition you have and its severity.

As you research your spine condition and the treatment options available to you, we encourage you to reach out to our caring team at Laser Spine Institute with any questions. Our goal is to help inform you of your spine care options so you can make the best decision about your treatment needs.

Spinal traction overview

Spinal traction treatment for back pain can be accomplished manually or mechanically, depending on the preference of the physician and the patient.

Manual spinal traction treatment can be given by using the hands to elongate the spine. The therapist will stretch and push the muscles along the spine to help create space between the disc and vertebrae.

Mechanical spinal traction involves you lying on your back on a table with an elastic strap around your waist. The traction machine will slowly, gently stretch your spine, allowing any compressed discs or joints to be released as the vertebrae are moved into their proper position in the spine.

Because spinal traction is used to stretch the spine, it is a beneficial method of treatment for patients diagnosed with:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Bone spurs
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Herniated and bulging discs

This method of treatment can also be combined with physical therapy and other forms of conservative treatment to increase pain relief. Patients may also find that wearing a brace after spinal traction treatment helps to prolong the elongation of the spine and pain relief.

Treatment after spine traction therapy for back pain

If you have undergone spinal traction therapy, as well as other conservative methods of treatment, and you have found no lasting pain relief, you may want to consider a surgical treatment option to find lasting relief from your chronic back pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery to help treat a wide range of spine conditions. Our procedures are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open back surgery.^ To find out what treatment options are available for your condition, contact our team today.

We are pleased to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.