Spinal Decompression

What is spinal decompression? The vertebrae of the spinal column each have a cushion between them called a disc. If this disc bulges or herneates, it becomes inflammed and puts pressure against surrounding nerves. This can cause either a local spinal and paraspinal pain or it can cause radiating pain down the leg, called sciatica.

The first step for proper treatment is proper diagnosis of the low back pain. In my 20 years of practice I have seen that about 80% of sciatica diagnoses are not sciatica, but simple muscular low back pain causing some leg pain. So if you think you have sciatica, chances are very good that you don’t. I will be happy to evaluate you, so don’t hesitate to ask my opinion by calling right now! 983-3037

Decompression of the disc, also called spinal decompression or disc decompression, can reduce the bulging disc or disc herneation and allow the area to heal and the pain to resolve.

Disc or spinal decompression can be achieved in a number of ways. As long as 4,000 years ago various types of spinal traction were already being used to relieve low back pain and sciatica. A little more than one hundred years ago Chiropractic and Osteopathy began using spinal manipulative therapy to treat low back pain. The spinal manipulation or adjustment to the lumbar spine reduces the pressure of the bulged disc or herniated disc relieving the pain. In my practice I have had the opportunity to see before and after MRI films of a herniated disc with true sciatica that resolved and was no longer seen on the after MRI nor was painful following a series of treatments using the Chiropractic spinal manipulation as spinal decompression.

The other most common methods of spinal decompression are surgery and traction. Of course, based on a through history and exam, I recommend following the most conservative approach first, which would be traction. If this fails, or there are red flags on exam, then surgery should be considered.

Traction used for spinal decompression is also accomplished in a variety of ways. There are very expensive machines and expensive treatments that can be considered. I would first use a very inexpensive but effective treatment called Flexion Distraction. I use a Lloyd table that flexes in the middle. The treatment is very gentle and my hands guide the pressure and make sure the pressure of the traction is exactly where it should be on the spine. This type of spinal decompression, used in conjunction with other treatment modalities, like interferential electrotherapy, deep massage, and spinal manipulation has been proven to be very effective in relieving the pain of a disc herneation.

Call me first for an evaluation before you jump into surgery or the very expensive spinal decompression alternatives that are currently being marketed. 983-3037

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