Back pain treatment — spinal traction to relieve back pain

Spinal traction is a treatment used by chiropractors and physical therapists to help stretch the spine and create space between the discs and vertebrae in the spine. Spinal traction, also referred to as spinal decompression treatment, often benefits to patients with degenerative spine conditions that cause the spine to compress, such as spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis. The treatment has very few risks or potential side effects, allowing this procedure to be commonly used as a conservative method of treatment for back pain.

If you are suffering from chronic back pain or have been diagnosed with a spine condition, schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss starting a spinal traction treatment plan. Your physician 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 care team at Laser Spine Institute with any questions. Our goal is 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. This type of spinal traction is beneficial for patients with mild spine compression.

Mechanical spinal traction is the most common form of this treatment. During the mechanical spinal traction process, you will lie on your back on a table and have 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
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Herniated disc

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 alleviate your chronic back pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery to help treat most spine conditions, whether caused by injury or degeneration. Our procedures are safer, more effective alternatives to traditional open back surgery. To find out what treatment options are available for your condition, contact our care team and schedule an MRI review.

We’ve helped more than 75,000 people find relief from neck and back pain, and we are confident we can help treat your spine condition so you can get back to life.