What is spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression is a non-invasive, conservative treatment option that works to lengthen and decompress the spine. Through this process, negative pressures are created within the discs, which work to help reposition bulging discs and take pressure off pinched nerves. Experts also believe that this process draws nutrients, oxygen, and fluids into the discs to promote overall healing of the discs and tissues within the spine. As a result, you begin to experience significant pain relief.
Is it right for me?
You may benefit from spinal decompression if you have chronic or severe pain that is caused by bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, or facet syndrome, or if you have been advised to consider surgery. Unfortunately, with certain conditions, such as placement of surgical hardware or recent fracture, spinal decompression is not recommended. Be sure to fully disclose your condition in order to receive the best treatment possible.
What can I expect?
In general, a course of treatment typically includes 24-30 visits over a period of 6-8 weeks. At each session, you will be fitted with a pelvic harness to aid in the decompression process and asked to lie down on the table. As a session begins, the spine is slowly lengthened and the discs are gradually decompressed. A session typically lasts between 20-30 minutes.
Will it hurt?
The process should be a relaxing one. Initially, you may experience some mild discomfort, but as treatment continues this should subside. If at any time during a session you feel discomfort, you may switch the patient safety clasp to stop the process. The treatment program is designed to make your safety a top priority.
Does it work?
You may feel relief even during the first few sessions. Most patients experience the most significant pain relief after completing the full course of treatment. Even if you feel immediate relief, it is essential to complete all treatment sessions in order to receive the most effective, long-term relief of pain symptoms.
Still have questions? Contact Dr. Upston for more information specific to your condition.