Decompression relieves pressure that builds up on the discs and nerves. The task of relieving pain comes about as a result of drawing areas of herniated disc back into place.
Decompression achieves this by creating negative pressure within the disc, referred to as negative intra-discal pressure. This creates essentially a vacuum to draw the bulging and herniated disc material back into the disc space and relieve pressure.
As the ligaments that hold disc material in place become stretched or torn due to bulging and herniation, decompression strengthens the ligament bands that hold the disc material in place to heal & prevent future recurrence.
In most cases the healing process requires only a few weeks of treatment on an out-patient basis. We have committed to undergo expert training in the delivery of decompression and dedicate a large portion of our practice to the relief of severe and chronic low back pain. Patients come to us to return to a normal pain free life.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy is FDA cleared and has a high success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs...even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction based therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.
How does this negative pressure affect an injured disc?
During spinal decompression therapy, a negative pressure is created within the disc. Because of that negative pressure, disc material that has protruded or herniated can be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, and permit healing to occur.
What system is used for this purpose?
After a significant amount of research, we chose the Eurotech DOC Table, the premier manufacturer of physical medicine equipment. More importantly, our system has the computerized targeting system and does not employ a pully system like some of the cheaper decompression tables on the market. We also selected the DOC system due to the ability to treat discs in both the neck and the low back.
Why is Spinal Decompression Therapy so effective?
Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or "cages"), bone fusion or non-fusion surgery can be helped with our state of the art protocols, including oxygen therapy.
Are the sessions painful, how many will be needed and what is the cost?
In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session. The number of sessions needed and your specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination. Our customary fee for each spinal decompression session is only $75 (additional charges for necessary therapies may be incurred). This means the total cost will be a small fraction of the $5,000+ amounts that some other doctors are charging. We also offer financing that will allow you to finance the entire cost and make 6 monthly payments with no interest. Or if you need more time, you can set up repayment terms with the office.
Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises in addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy?
To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures may be treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (as indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature
How do I get started?
We want to make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Just call our office to arrange a consultation with the doctor.
Please remember to bring any MRI reports so the doctor can review them and best advise you about your treatment options.