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Spinal Decompression Therapy

When other conservative treatments for spine and disc problems (manipulation, exercise, medicine) have failed, decompression therapy offers another NON-SURGICAL treatment option. Decompression therapy is a computer monitored traction force to the spine applied while lying on a specially designed table.  The result is a decrease in internal disc pressure that:

  • enlarges the disc space
  • may decrease disc bulges/herniations
  • strengthens tissues surrounding the disc and spine
  • stimulates the healing of cracked and torn discs

This therapy has been well researched in the medical community.  Now a high percentage of patients with herniated, bulging and degenerated discs in the neck and back have experienced remission of their symptoms with spinal decompression. For example, here are some conditions we see daily.  

 If you have…

  • herniated or bulging disc(s)
  • degenerative disc(s)
  • spinal stenosis
  • spinal arthritis
  • neck or back pain
  • numbness, tingling and/or pain in arms, legs hands or feet
  • sciatica
  • been told you may need neck or back surgery

 …decompression therapy may be for you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SPINAL DECOMPRESSION TRACTION THERAPY

1. WHAT IS SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY?

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical, comfortable traction therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.

2. WHAT CAN THIS VACUUM EFFECT DO?

The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates ingrowth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site.

3. WHAT MACHINE IS USED FOR THIS PURPOSE?

There are a number of spinal decompression machines presently used in the United States. After significant research, Maddas Chiropractic and Rehab  has chosen to use a couple machines for specific conditions. These are the Triton DTS machine manufactured by Chattanooga, Inc.and the DRX 9000, two premier machine manufacturers for decompression therpy.

4. WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM SPINAL DECOMPRESSION TRACTION THERAPY?

Spinal decompression therapy is designed to unload the spinal disc. Any back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves) etc.

5. ARE THERE CONDITIONS WHERE SPINAL DECOMPRESSION IS NOT INDICATED?

Spinal decompression therapy is usually not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, or patients who have severe nerve damage. It is not recommended for patients over 70. However, every patient is evaluated on an individual basis.

6. HOW FREQUENT ARE TREATMENT SESSIONS? HOW LONG DOES EACH SESSION LAST?

Each session usually includes decompression therapy and spinal stabilization exercises and takes about 1 hour. Spinal decompression is performed weekly and depends on the patient condition, severity, etc. 

7. WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY?

90% of our patients have seen positive results with our decompression therapy.

8. I HAVE HAD SPINAL SURGERY, BUT CONTINUE TO HAVE PAIN. CAN I TRY SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY?

Spinal decompression therapy can help people with back pain after failed spinal surgery. It can be performed in most patients who have not been left with an unstable spine after surgery.

9. HOW CAN I BE SCHEDULED FOR SPINAL DECOMPRESSION TRACTION THERAPY?

Simply call our office at 724-430-4924 and tell the receptionist that you are interested in decompression therapy.  An initial consultation can usually be scheduled within 48 hours.