Spinal Decompression Therapy Side Effects

Mark Williams Jun 30, 2019

A diagram of the spinal columnMore and more people are turning to pain relief treatments that do not involve surgery or the use of pain medication. At Texas Injury Clinic, we are more than happy to help these patients achieve a healthier, pain-free state. For instance, Dr. Mark Williams may recommend spinal decompression therapy to his Fort Worth, TX patients who suffer from neck and back pain.

We would like to take a moment to cover the basics of spinal decompression therapy, and then focus on the side effects that some patients may experience from treatment. This should give you a good understanding about the nature of the procedure.

What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is a treatment for different kinds of back pain. The non-surgical treatment is designed to relieve pressure on the spine, including the spongy discs between the vertebrae and the facet joints. Treatments last from 30 minutes to 45 minutes; 15 or more sessions may be recommended depending on the needs of the patient.

The idea behind spinal decompression is the creation of negative pressure through carefully monitored stretching. This helps relieve pain and improve patient comfort in the process. The negative pressure also helps promotes the flow of blood and nutrients to the affected spinal discs, providing much needed relief and healing.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Good candidates for spinal decompression therapy are people who have suffered from:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease

During your consultation at our Fort Worth practice, we can determine if spinal decompression is ideal for your needs.

What Side Effects Can I Expect?

Generally speaking, spinal decompression has very few side effects. This is one of the key advantages of the low-risk treatment, and why many patients turn to it when they would prefer to avoid surgery and more invasive treatments for their neck and back pain.

Some patients may experience some increased discomfort in the first spinal decompression sessions, though this is normal. The negative pressure on the spine can take some time getting used to. In these rare instances, the discomfort could also be due to the use of too much or too little pressure exerted during the spinal decompression session. In either case, we can note this and adjust the current session and subsequent sessions as needed.

If I Do Experience Side Effects, How Long Will They Last?

Generally, mild discomfort and pain from spinal decompression will only last a few days, with improvements experienced each day. As we noted above, adjustments can be made to subsequent spinal decompression sessions to help ensure less pronounced side effects during the course of treatment.

If the increase in pain persists without improving, spinal decompression will be immediately discontinued. Though again, such side effects are extremely rare.

Is Spinal Decompression Right for Me?

The best way to find out if spinal decompression is right for you is to visit our practice for a consultation. We can develop a custom treatment plan focused on reducing pain and improving your overall health and quality of life.

Learn More About Spinal Decompression

People who live in the Fort Worth area can get the chiropractic care they need at Texas Injury Clinic. We encourage you to contact our experienced chiropractors and pain relief specialists. You can also reach us by phone at (817) 624-7222.

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