Disc injuries in the neck and lower back can now be treated with an innovative treatment option: Non-surgical spinal decompression. This revolutionary treatment is a safe option utilizing specialized equipment that has been FDA approved to apply distraction forces to the structures of the spine using an exact and graduated approach. The distraction forces are balanced by periods of partial relaxation, a technique in spinal decompression therapy that has been shown to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the targeted discs.
The process is a slow one, with only minute movements each time, but over the duration of the treatment, usually up to six weeks, the negative pressure encourages the herniated disc off of the nerve root and instead situates it on the inside of the disc, thus relieving the pain at the site. By using decompression coupled with partial relaxation for the duration of treatment, the disc is allowed time to heal as oxygen, water and fluids that are rich in much needed nutrients can once again penetrate the site.
The treatment itself is quite comfortable, with patients lying on either their back or stomach– if the area to be treated is in the lower back– with padded straps around their waist and chest. If the problem is in the neck area, the patient is outfitted with soft rubber pads under the neck and be lying comfortably for the length of the treatment.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression has been found to be a great option for treating herniated or bulging discs, radiating arm pain, pinched nerves, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, facet syndromes and leg pain. Like with most treatments, non-surgical spinal decompression will not be the best course of action for all patients. A thorough screening is of the utmost importance, with only those who will find it most beneficial accepted for the treatment.