Spinal Decompression is a non-surgical treatment that gently stretches the spine. The traction force takes pressure off the spinal discs, which can get compressed. This releases pressure from the jelly-like intersections of the spinal bones called the spinal discs. This also helps any herniated discs regain their position, relieving pressure from nerves that can be compressed. To learn more, contact your local Chiropractor Frisco today.
Back pain is one of the most common ailments that people face, and it can be debilitating. Herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, and more can cause this. However, there are ways that you can relieve your back pain and get it under control. Spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment that can help relieve your back pain. This therapy is designed to create space between the vertebrae in your spine, which can help alleviate pressure on your nerves and discs. This can help treat various back problems, including herniated and bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, pinched nerves, and more.
Spinal decompression is a series of sessions that are performed on a machine. During the session, your body is placed in various positions that will cause decompression on your spine. The gentle forces of the machine can help create negative intradiscal pressure that will encourage herniated disc material to be repositioned. This can help reduce the pain, inflammation, and numbness in your back, neck, or arms that is associated with herniated or compressed discs.
The reversal of pressure in the spine causes improved blood flow to the injured areas, which can lead to healing. You will experience several cycles of traction and release as you are on the machine, with each cycle lasting less than 20 minutes. Many patients find that they are able to return to work and other activities after just 1 day of recovery, although they will need to avoid strenuous activity for some time.
Using spinal decompression can also be a safer and more effective way to relieve your pain than taking medication. This is because medication can cover up the symptoms and not address the root cause of your back pain. Additionally, some types of medication can be addictive. Spinal decompression can help you eliminate your back pain and get it under control without the need for medications or invasive surgery. This is a great option for those that are looking to improve their quality of life and regain their mobility and independence. If you are suffering from back pain, contact us today to see if spinal decompression is right for you!
Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the spinal nerves in your lower spine (lumbar) are pinched. This usually results from a herniated or bulging disc in your spine, spinal stenosis, and/or degenerative changes in the bones of your spine. It can also be caused by a pelvic injury or fracture, or even tumors. Most people describe the pain as starting in their lower back, then shooting down the buttocks and into the back of their leg. This pain can range from a dull ache to an electric shock or “knife-like” feeling. The pain can also be accompanied by weakness, numbness, and/or a “pins and needles” sensation.
You can often find relief from your sciatica with nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy. This procedure uses a motorized traction device that gently stretches the spine and takes pressure off the spinal discs and nerves. It’s a very safe treatment that has been shown to get fast and long-lasting results.
Your doctor will determine the cause of your sciatica based on symptoms and may order imaging tests such as X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan. These tests are helpful because they allow your doctor to see how the structures in your spinal column and surrounding muscles are functioning.
Surgical spinal decompression is an option when your sciatica doesn’t respond to nonsurgical treatments. This surgery relieves pressure on the spinal nerves and spinal cord by removing bone spurs, tissue thickening, or other abnormalities. It can be done anywhere in the spine from the neck (cervical) to the lower back (lumbar).
You can also try at-home remedies to help relieve your sciatica. Many patients find that using a heating pad set on a low setting can help ease the pain. It’s important to do this for ten to twenty minutes every two or three hours. It’s also a good idea to keep moving and avoid excessive bending or twisting.
Herniated discs often cause pain, numbness or a “pins and needles” tingling sensation down the arm or leg. The condition is most common in the lower back (lumbar spine), but it can also occur in the neck (cervical spine). Herniated discs are caused by a rupture of the outermost layer of the spinal disk called the annulus. This herniated material pushes into the spinal canal and compresses nerves in that region. It may also produce a chemical irritation that interferes with the way nerves work.
In many cases, herniated discs can be treated with physical therapy and medications. However, spinal decompression can sometimes provide relief when these other methods aren’t successful. The procedure involves lying fully clothed on a padded table. Patients usually don’t experience any discomfort during treatment, and some even find it relaxing.
Spinal decompression creates negative intradiscal pressure which can help reposition herniated disc material. This can reduce the pressure on a sciatic nerve, which can relieve symptoms like back pain, numbness and tingling. Several studies have shown that non-surgical spinal decompression can be effective in treating herniated discs.
Surgery is used to treat herniated discs only in very severe cases, when a patient experiences long-lasting back pain that doesn’t respond to other treatments. During surgery, the doctor makes a small incision in the back to expose the spinal vertebrae. Muscles are moved aside so the surgeon can remove any tissue that is putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. This is usually done under general anesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain during the operation.
Some patients experience relief from their herniated disc after just one spinal decompression treatment, although in most cases it takes several sessions before the results are noticeable. The results are measured by how much the pressure within the lumbar discs decreases. Lower pressure means less compression, and a decrease in back pain is the most important measure of success. If the pressure is too high, a herniated disc can’t move properly, and the symptoms of back pain and numbness or tingling in the arms or legs will persist.
Degenerative disc disease
Degenerative disc disease is a natural part of aging and occurs when the cushioning fluid in your intervertebral discs breaks down. Over time, this can lead to a herniated or bulging disc, which causes pain. Degenerative changes can also cause narrowing of the spinal canal, which compresses the spinal cord and nerves and causes symptoms like neck, arm, back or leg pain (sciatica).
The first sign of a problem is usually nagging or persistent pain that gets worse over time. It may be aggravated by certain activities, movements or positions. You may also notice a loss of flexibility or numbness or tingling in the legs or arms. If left untreated, your condition can progress to a collapsed or “herniated” disc, which can be very painful and may affect all aspects of your life.
Your doctor will diagnose your condition by reviewing your medical history, doing a physical exam and looking at a recent CT scan or MRI of the spine. You will be asked to describe your pain levels on a scale of 0-10, with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain you can imagine. During treatment, your spine will be manipulated and stretched in ways that create negative pressure within the discs. The stretching and repositioning of your spine is slow and gradual, which allows your body to avoid the protective reflex that can cause back muscles to stiffen during traditional manipulation or traction.
During treatment, you will be attached to a harness that allows your physician to control the amount of force being applied to the spine. Some patients feel slight discomfort during their first few sessions as the back muscles adapt to the treatment, but this quickly subsides. Once your spine is in the proper position, you will relax and can even fall asleep during the therapy session.
If your doctor determines that you have herniated or degenerative discs, he or she will recommend a course of spinal decompression therapy. Studies show that this non-invasive treatment can help alleviate back and neck pain and sciatica associated with herniated or deteriorating discs. The goal is to restore the disc’s normal height and promote healing by allowing oxygen, water and nutrients to flow into the discs.