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Spinal Decompression - Are You a Candidate?

Mark Williams Nov 15, 2018

Diagram of the spineAccording to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), 80 percent of all adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Sometimes this back pain will be temporary, while other times it will prove recurring and debilitating. Thankfully there are many treatment options for low back pain available at Texas Injury Clinic, and we can tailor it to the needs of our Fort Worth, TX patients.

Spinal decompression is a potential treatment for people who suffer from low back pain. Let’s take a moment to consider how it works and who is a good candidate for this kind of procedure.

What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy is a process in which the spine is stretched out using a table or mechanical traction. When done professionally, the stretching of the spine is observed by a spinal expert, and sometimes includes monitoring with a computer system.

The Theory Behind Spinal Decompression

In theory, spinal compression involves stretching out the vertebrae and the spinal discs, which helps relieve pressure on the muscles, nerves, and various structures of the spine in the process. This can help promote circulation and pain relief.

Conditions That Spinal Decompression Can Treat

Spinal decompression can be used to treat all kinds of spinal pain, from neck pain to low back pain. The procedure can even help address the effects of a herniated disc and physical trauma to the spine following a traumatic injury.

General Candidacy for Spinal Decompression

Good candidates for spinal decompression are people who have suffered a spinal injury or suffer from neck or back pain. Their condition should not be so severe the it necessitates major medical procedures.

An Initial Treatment Before More Invasive Procedures

As we alluded to above, spinal decompression is a good option to consider for people who are just starting treatment for cases of neck and back pain. It’s a first step in treatment and avoids the need for invasive therapies and surgery. Spinal decompression combined with stretching, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and other non-evasive procedures are ideal as a first wave of treatment.

Effectiveness of Spinal Decompression

Keep in mind that while the theory behind spinal decompression makes sense on the surface, clinical data has yet to demonstrate a high level of effectiveness across the board.

That said, more research is being done to determine the medical effectiveness of spinal decompression overall. Many patients who undergo spinal decompression report positive results, particularly when combined with other non-invasive in-office procedures and at-home forms of care.

Is Spinal Decompression Right for Me?

If you suffer from neck or low back pain, we encourage you to visit our practice for a consultation. During your visit, we can assess your situation and determine if spinal decompression or another form of treatment would be ideal to provide lasting pain relief and overall wellness.

Learn More About Treating Back Pain

To learn more about spinal decompression and whether or not it’s a good option for you, be sure to contact our team of neck and back pain specialists. The team at Texas Injury Clinic is here to help. You can reach us by phone at (817) 799-7132.

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