Spinal Decompression

About Spinal Decompression Therapy

The Chiropractic Clinic of Newberry is pleased to offer Spinal Decompression. Spinal decompression therapy can be a successful, non-surgical alternative treatment for relieving low back, neck pain, and radiating arm and leg pain. Spinal decompression therapy is an effective treatment for: Herniated or Bulging Discs, Sciatica, Degenerative Disc Disease, Post-surgical Patients, Facet Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis

Frequently asked questions about Spinal Decompression

 

What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
What Are The Treatments Like?
How Long Are Treatments And How Many Do You Need?
Will Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression help a slipped disc??
How Long Will My Treatment Program Be?
Why Is This Type Of Therapy More Successful Than Other Treatment Options?
Are there any reasons that I can’t go on this type of therapy?
Will My Pain Go Away For Good?
How Much Will Physical Therapy and Spinal Decompression Cost?


What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is a modern, non-surgical traction procedure that effectively treats low back, neck, and radiating leg and arm pain. This type of traction is very successful in relieving pain associated with spinal disc herniation, degenerative spinal discs, and facet joint syndromes. Spinal decompression therapy decompresses spinal discs and facet joints by utilizing traction, distraction, and body positioning.

Decompression has been clinically proven to provide pain relief and decrease symptoms associated with herniated and/or bulging discs.

Studies have shown that the spinal disc injury is responsible for a significant number of lumbar/leg pain and neck/arm pain syndromes. Excessive compression forces from daily activities increases internal spinal disc pressure which can lead to spinal disc protrusion, herniation, and bulging of disc material.

Using Decompression along with Chiropractic treatments provided in our clinic can effectively relieve the pain and disability resulting from disc injury and degeneration. The treatment aids in the healing of damaged discs and reverses dystrophic changes in nerves. Decompression treats the functional and mechanical aspects of spinal disc pain through non-surgical traction (decompression) of spinal discs.

Our new, computer-controlled decompression system is designed to apply distraction and decompression to the patient's spine without producing reflex paravertebral muscle contractions.

By significantly reducing internal disc pressure, Decompression promotes retraction of the herniation spinal disc material back to a normal physiologic position and promotes the intake of fluids, oxygen, and other substances necessary for healing the spinal disc and surrounding tissues. This decompression stimulates the repair of tissues and inhibits leakage of the internal material of the spinal disc (also known as the nucleus pulposus).

Recent research has shown that 86% of the 219 patients who completed decompression therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms, while 84% remained pain-free 90 days post-treatment. Physical examination findings showed improvement in 92% of the 219 patients, and remained intact in 89% of these patients 90 days after treatment (Gionis, Thomas MD; Groteke, Eric DC. Surgical Alternatives: Spinal Decompression. Orthopedic Technology Review. 2003; 6 (5).

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What Are The Treatments Like?

After lying on the comfortable Decompression Traction System table, you will be fitted in a support system. The support system helps to stabilize your body. The advanced computer-controlled system automatically adjusts to the proper angle of pull (distraction), allowing us to target the specific spinal discs that are causing your pain and symptoms. The distractive forces utilize a computer controlled logarithmic curve to avoid reflex responses which would create muscle spasm. The split table design decreases friction and allows decompression of the spinal disc.

While lying down on the table, the computer simulates an anti-gravity effect on your spine that helps herniated spinal disc material to move toward its normal position, thus, reducing spinal disc pressure and pain. Patients typically describe the treatment as a gentle, painless, intermittent pulling sensation.

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How Long Are Treatments And How Many Do You Need?

Patients typically undergo 15 to 20 decompression/traction treatment sessions and the treatment session will include additional Chiropractic Treatment. A complete Chiropractic session can last between 15 and 25 minutes. However, treatment time will vary upon a patient's condition and is determined by a thorough pre-treatment Chiropractic evaluation.

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Will Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression help a slipped disc?

A “bulging” or “herniated” disc is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a “slipped” disc. Studies demonstrate that Spinal Decompression Therapy succeeds at treating bulging or herniated discs over 70% of the time. This of course varies depending on the complexity of the injury and other factors. Many times patients are able to avoid more costly and invasive procedures.

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How Long Will My Treatment Program Be?

This depends on the complexity of the nature of the problem, however, we typically treat patients 3-4 times a week for approximately 1 month. The treatment is administered over a reasonable time frame and the patient's response to treatment is continually evaluated. Most patients discontinue spinal decompression / traction treatments after 4 to 6 weeks.

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Are there any reasons that I can’t go on this type of therapy?

The doctor has to determine if you are a candidate as there are certain conditions for which this therapy would be contraindicated The doctors perform a screening process and only then accept the cases they think this therapy can help the most. Certain people are not candidates for spinal decompression therapy and usually have conditions such as:
• Tumors
• Abdominal Aortic Aneurism
• Fractures
• Metal Implants/Screws/Plates in spine
• Advanced Osteoporosis
• Pregnancy or Certain conditions (diseases) that compromise the structural integrity of the spine and discs. These conditions are present in only a small percentage of the population.

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Will My Pain Go Away For Good?

Although it is difficult to predict the future, experience has shown that most patients do find long-term relief or effective management of their pain when they complete the entire recommended program of treatments. Regular Maintenance Adjustments will help in maintaining your spinal health and reduce the probability of reoccurrence. As with any comprehensive rehabilitation program, your continued care and discretion in some daily activities are essential to long-term relief.

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How Much Will Spinal Decompression Cost?

Since insurance coverage varies between insurance plans, our staff will review all costs, payment options, and insurance coverage before treatment begins.

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