Spinal decompression traction therapy is a highly advanced form of nonsurgical therapy. Spinal decompression is a process that's carried out with the help of computers. It helps treat neck pain, slipped disks, back pain, and other spine-related ailments.
After performing spinal decompression therapy, doctors may recommend back surgeries to patients. But, the main aim of this therapy is to relieve the pressure in the patient's spine. Therapists also discover ailments like herniated discs or bulging discs during these processes. This FDA-approved therapy is over ten years old.
This therapy can either be surgical/nonsurgical. In nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy, patients experience motorized tractions on their spines. They help relieve back or neck pain. The tractions gently stretch the spine, changing its position. As a result, the pressure releases from the spinal discs. These gel-like cushions in-between the spinal bones are connected to nerves and other important structures in the spine.
The release of pressure promotes nerve health and the movement of resources (water, oxygen, nutrients, etc.) into the spinal discs. The discs heal, and the risk of them bulging or getting herniated is reduced. That's why doctors use nonsurgical spinal decompression traction therapy to treat injured spinal nerve roots, degenerative disk disease, and posterior facet syndrome (worn-out spinal joints).
There are various forms of surgical spinal decompression therapy. Some of them include discectomy, laminotomy, foraminotomy, corpectomy, and osteophyte removal. During these surgeries, undesirable growths in the spine are surgically removed or repositioned.
Overall, this therapy technique is extremely safe and comfortable. Patients never leave the doctor with more pain or discomfort than they came in with. Top doctors follow the "DRS protocol" (Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization) while performing this therapy. Most patients do not experience negative side or after-effects after receiving this therapy. The most common 'risk' of receiving this therapy is aching or soreness in the body.
That's because as the body gets accustomed to stretching and decompressing, it experiences some dullness for the first few weeks. During this therapy, your muscles will be lengthened in directions that you're not used to. That's why patients experience mild soreness for a few days. Thankfully, after experiencing this mild pain, most patients report experience 50% or more relief from their pain.
A variety of lower back pain conditions can be treated with spinal decompression traction therapy. Since this therapy is risk-free, most patients find it easy to decide whether or not they want this form of treatment. Some key benefits of receiving this therapy are:
Many patients who have had spinal surgery receive this therapy post-surgery. Spinal decompression specialists can help all types of patients (even after failed back surgeries). However, people must consult with medical professionals to see if they qualify for this therapy.
People with various types of spinal conditions can benefit from spinal decompression traction therapy. This therapy is typically used to treat the following conditions:
This form of decompression therapy isn't suited for –
Other than these people, anyone can benefit from this therapy. Still, checking with a doctor first is important.
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Most patients report experiencing amazing relief from their pain and symptoms after 12–20 sessions of this therapy. They even feel encouraged to exercise and be more mobile after receiving this therapy. There are no dramatic "recovery periods." Some conditions require more visits. But, patients' ailments never get worse.