Decompression for Back Pain

Back Pain is very common. In fact, over 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point.  Most of the time back pain will resolve either on it’s own or with proper treatment.

If you experience back pain and the symptoms do not resolve after a few days, it’s probably a good idea to visit a chiropractor to make sure your back is in proper alignment. The pain may become worse or develop into an ongoing problem.

If you have had back pain or sciatica (leg pain) for more than 3 months, you probably have developed chronic back pain and your condition may be a little more serious. Often times, the underlying cause of chronic low back pain or sciatica is a herniated or bulging spinal disc.

Treatment can become somewhat challenging in cases that do not respond to conventional chiropractic treatments. The reason for this is because when an injured disc becomes inflamed and out of place, it can be difficult to restore proper position and alignment.  It’s the enlarged disc putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerves that is causing the pain. This is when it becomes a good idea to consider non-surgical spinal decompression.

Spinal decompression machines are very safe and gentle. Spinal decompression seeks to do the following:

  • Elongate the spine
  • Stretch the spinal muscles and ligaments
  • Enlarge the disc space
  • Re-position the injured spinal disc
  • Re-hydrate the discs
  • Remove nerve pressure

Often times the combination of both chiropractic and spinal decompression is indicated. At our clinics we have the ability to incorporate chiropractic, spinal decompression, physical therapy, and medical care if needed into the treatment protocol. Rarely is surgery needed.

Spinal decompression actually addresses the cause of the underlying problem. It’s like a respirator for injured spinal discs. Disc decompression with machines like the DRX-9000 are now considered the “gold standard” for non-surgical disc treatment.

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