|Posted on November 30, 2014 at 11:15 PM|
Spinal Decompression Therapy
By Dr. David B. Starkey
If you’re suffering from a herniated disc and other treatments have not yielded sufficient benefit, you should find out if you might be a candidate for spinal decompression therapy.
Spinal decompression therapy is a nonsurgical, traction-based treatment outcome for herniated or bulging discs in the neck and low back. Anyone who has back, neck, arm or leg pain caused by a degenerated or damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy.
Specific conditions that may be helped by this therapeutic procedure include herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, facet syndrome, spondylosis or even failed spinal surgery. Many patients, some with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-documented disc herniations, have achieved “good” to “excellent” results after spinal decompression therapy.
The computerized traction head on the decompression table or machine is the key to the therapy’s effectiveness. The preprogrammed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction permit decompression to occur at the disc level. This creates a negative pressure within the disc, allowing the protruded or herniated portion to be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, which permits healing to occur.
To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (when indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.
Your specific treatment plan – which is usually covered by insurance - will be determined by the doctor after your examination. Based on research and our office’s clinical experience, the best results have been achieved with 12 to 20 sessions over a four to six-week period.
If you are suffering from a degenerated or herniated disc, I encourage you to explore safe and effective spinal decompression therapy before risking surgery. For more information, ask your doctor if you might be a candidate.