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Benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy

The spinal cord is protected by the vertebral column of the spine, which allows nerves to pass through various passages created within individual vertebral bones. Spine injuries, wearing of the vertebral bones and damage to the supportive discs between the vertebral bones may result in pinching or compression of the nerves. Back pain is usually the result of nerve compression. Decompression therapy is a treatment that relieves pressure on the nerves to relieve pain.

Non-surgical spinal decompression involves motorized traction of the spine to gently stretch the spine. To perform the treatment, you will lie down on a computerized table and harnesses are placed around your pelvis and trunk. The doctor or therapist adjusts the table and the amount of traction according to your necessity. A session usually lasts 30-45 minutes. You may need 20-30 sessions over a period of 5-7 weeks. Spinal decompression therapy may be combined with other treatments such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation.

Spinal Decompression takes pressure off damaged bones that may be compressing the nerves as well as spinal discs, allowing them to take in oxygen, water and nutrients necessary for healing. Decompression therapy is used to treat back and neck pain as well as sciatica (pain, tingling or weakness running down the leg).

Nonsurgical spinal decompression usually produces good results and is a great option in place of a surgical decompression procedure which is associated with a hospital stay and surgical risks and complications.

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E. Patrick Curry, MDBoard Certified & Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeon
  • University of Scranton
  • Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • The University of Utah