Back pain is something that nobody wants to deal with and can be frustrating to our daily lives. When you have back pain, it ‘s hard to think about anything else besides finding relief for the back pain. Spinal decompression therapy can be a solution for some when it comes to their back pain, whether they are looking for a surgical or nonsurgical solution. Have you thought about spinal decompression? Can it be the right treatment for you?
Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression for Back Pain
How does spinal decompression work? Basically, the therapy stretches the spine, which changes the position and force of the spine. By doing this, pressure is taken off from the spinal discs, this is done by creating negative pressure in the disc. This treatment allows bulging or herniated discs to retract which can take pressure off the nerves in the spine, which allows nutrient-rich fluids, water, and oxygen to go into the discs, letting them heal.
Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Can Treat:
-Sciatica, neck or back pain
-Worn spinal joints
-Diseased or injured spinal never roots
-Herniated or bulging discs or degenerative disc disease
Performing Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression
For this procedure, you would be fitted with a harness around the pelvis and another around the trunk. After that, you would lie down on a table controlled by a computer, which the doctor operates. The treatment can last between 30 and 45 minutes and can take between 20 to 28 sessions over five to seven weeks to complete the therapy.
It is important that you ask your doctor if you are a good candidate for this procedure before you begin treatment. Pregnant women should not take part in this treatment, and people with the following conditions are also advised against doing the treatment:
-Metal implants in the spine
-Abdominal aortic aneurysm
Surgical Spinal Decompression for Back Pain
Surgical spinal decompression can be another way to treat back pain, but should not be done unless it is a last resort. If for some reason, other measures do not work out for you, the doctor may recommend surgical spinal decompression if you have bulging or ruptured discs, bony growths, or other spinal problems. This operation can help with:
There are other types of spinal decompression operations that your doctor may suggest to you. The following are the different procedures that your doctor may recommend:
-Discectomy-A portion of the disc is removed, so pressure on the nerves is relieved
-Osteophyte removal-Bony growths are removed during surgery
-Foraminotomy-Bone and other tissue are removed to expand the openings for the nerve roots
-Laminotomy-A small portion of bone is removed to relieve pressure and increase the size of the spinal canal
-Corpectomy-This involves removing discs and vertebral body between the vertebrae
Like many other operations out there, there are risks with spinal decompression surgery. An immense risk can be that your back pain will not improve at all or just a little. For this reason, if you can solve your problem with the nonsurgical procedure, it is recommended that you do so. Some risks from the surgical procedure are:
-Nerve or tissue damage
-Allergic reaction to anesthesia