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Spinal Decompression Therapy Candidates

Mark Williams Jan 31, 2018

An x-ray of the spineSpinal decompression therapy is a type of non-surgical treatment that helps alleviate pain and discomfort of the back. It uses the state-of-the-art DRX-9000 equipment. During spinal decompression, a patient lies down flat on the treatment table with their knees slightly bent. Part of the treatment table will move back and forth, which will help stretch out your spine in a carefully controlled manner.

Patients who come to our Fort Worth, TX practice often ask if spinal decompression is the right treatment for their back problem. The team at Texas Injury Clinic considers some basics about candidacy for spinal decompression therapy.

Suffered from a Slipped Disc

If you’ve suffered from a herniated disc, spinal decompression therapy can be very helpful in helping you heal. The motion of the table reduces the negative pressure on the vertebral disc, and also helps promote faster recovery.

Pain from Degenerative Disc Disease

Long-term problems caused by degenerative disc disease can also be remedied thanks to spinal decompression therapy. The DRX-9000’s carefully controlled stretching of the back can help water and nutrients flow inward to help heal the damaged vertebral disc.

Facet Syndrome/Osteoarthritis

When pain develops between adjacent vertebrae, spinal decompression can be a major help. The motion of the treatment will help address the wear and tear of these joints and help the patient move with less discomfort.

Issues with Chronic Back Pain

If you have not experienced any of the above conditions but do suffer from recurring or chronic back pain, spinal decompression therapy can be helpful in providing pain relief. Stretching the spine could be just what you need.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)

Failed spinal spinal surgery can be frustrating, and patients may not know where to turn for pain relief. Spinal decompression therapy may be the ideal option for certain people who’ve undergone an unsuccessful back surgery in the past. Certain failed back surgeries will prevent a patient from undergoing the treatment, however.

Preventing Future Back Surgery

Spinal decompression surgery can be an important part of preventative care. Early non-surgical intervention with regard to back problems can help prevent the need for surgical treatment later in a patient's life.

Poor Candidates for Spinal Decompression Therapy

Poor candidates for spinal decompression therapy include:

  • Pregnant women
  • People with fractured vertebrae
  • People who have undergone spinal fusion surgery
  • People with artificial vertebral discs

In addition to the above bullet points, people who need to take blood thinning medication and people who suffer from medical problems that affect the overall integrity of the spine may not be good candidates for spinal decompression.

An Initial Consultation Is Needed

The best way to learn if spinal decompression therapy is right for you is to stop by the practice for a consultation. We will be more than happy to answer all of your questions and address your concerns about your treatment options.

Learn More About Spinal Decompression

For more information about spinal decompression and how it can help you experience restored mobility and pain relief, be sure to contact our team of physical therapy and injury specialists. At Texas Injury Clinic, we will help you get the treatment you need.

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