Am I a Candidate for Spinal Decompression?

Many have found relief from back and neck pain through spinal decompression, and it is one of the more trusted forms of treatment for a wide variety of back issues. By gaining a full understanding of spinal decompression, you can determine whether or not the procedure is right for you.

Spinal decompression information

Spinal decompression is an amazing opportunity for those who suffer from a wide variety of back- and neck-related issues. However, there are certain times when spinal decompression may not be a viable form of treatment. The following is everything to know about spinal decompression, including who is and is not a good candidate for the procedure.

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a common procedure performed for back pain in which the back is stretched or decompressed in order to relieve pain and pressure. While there is a spinal decompression surgery, the most common form of spinal decompression refers to non-surgical spinal decompression, which utilizes a series of stretches, mechanical devices and machines to decompress the spine and relieve the existing pain and pressure.

Most often, spinal decompression requires multiple visits over an extended amount of time to effectively relieve the pain and discomfort. Spinal decompression usually lasts between 20 and 45 minutes per session and may utilize electrical stimulation, ultrasound and heat and cold therapy. For most, spinal decompression is able to relieve pain and pressure rather effectively, and it is a safe procedure overall.

Who is a good candidate?

Spinal decompression is able to treat most individuals who suffer from a wide variety of back issues. While many may be skeptical of spinal decompression heading in, many find that it is much less invasive and far more effective than they thought it would be before treatment. Here are several of the most common reasons to consider spinal decompression:

  • General back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated disk
  • Weakened spinal joints
  • Nerve root issues

Many in the past have found relief from spinal decompression in ways that general medicine was unable to provide, which is why it is a very popular form of back and neck pain treatment. While it requires consistency, commitment and a little bit of trust, there is no doubt that spinal decompression has the ability to provide relief to a wide variety of back- and neck-related issues.

Who is not a good candidate?

Unfortunately, there are some who may not be a good candidate for spinal decompression, including the following:

  • Pregnant women
  • Individuals with spinal fusion
  • Individuals who underwent a back surgery
  • Anyone with spinal stenosis
  • Anyone with an implant or artificial disk

While spinal decompression is not painful or risky for most patients who are overall healthy, the procedure does require stretching the back, which can be invasive and cause pain in those who have recently experienced severe back issues or operations or have a back condition. To learn more about spinal decompression and whether or not you are a candidate for spinal decompression, contact us and schedule a visit.

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