Some people diagnosed with a spinal injury immediately think of turning to surgery. In the past, this was the only viable solution. Today, there are many spinal treatment options that don’t need going under the knife. One of the most effective techniques is non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. This involves stretching your spine using a unique table and a traction machine. This way, the pressure on your nerves is released. Here are some of the conditions that spinal decompression can treat and manage:
- Neck or Back Pain. If you suffer from persistent neck or back pain, you’d know how it can affect your quality of life. Since you can no longer move as freely as you used to, your day-to-day activities can become limited. Spinal decompression is a primary treatment modality for treating neck or back pain. The non-surgical decompression of the cervical spine is a newer approach. Its treatment falls into two basic categories: manual application and machine-controlled systems.
- Disc Problems. Bulging, herniated, or degenerative discs can also be treated with spinal decompression. Bulging discs usually cause chronic pain in the neck and lower back. Herniated discs often result in persistent pain that burns and radiates from the neck down to the back and even legs. For older people suffering from progressive wear-and-tear due to their advancing age, spinal decompression can help by reducing the discomfort and stiffness associated with degenerative disc disease.
- Spinal Stenosis. This is a condition marked by the narrowing of the spinal canal, usually due to the natural aging process. Although rare, it can affect younger people too. Spinal stenosis can develop in any part of the spine, but it commonly occurs in the lower back. Spinal decompression works by releasing the tension throughout the spinal canal and restoring the space in discs that have gone crowded. The therapy helps ease lower body weakness and lower back pain. It also reduces the debilitating symptoms caused by spinal stenosis.
- Facet Joint Syndrome. Spinal decompression is also a very successful procedure in alleviating pain associated with facet joint syndrome. The effects of traumatic injury or aging can damage the facet joints. These are the connections between the bones of your spine. Symptoms vary depending on the spinal region that’s affected. For example, facet joint syndrome in the cervical region can cause neck and shoulder pain. This can lead to headaches and discomfort when rotating your head.
What To Expect During Your Therapy
You will be fully clothed during your spinal decompression treatment. Your chiropractor will put a harness around your torso and another on your hips. They will ask you to either lie facing up or down on a padded table. This special table works with sensors to detect the alignment of your body. Your chiropractor will then operate the computer to customize your treatment depending on your specific needs. On average, the session will last for half an hour or about 45 minutes.
Chiropractors specialize in muscles, vertebrae, and the connective tissues around our spine and joints. Depending on the condition or injury you’re experiencing, your chiropractor will likely recommend other treatment modalities to provide extra pain relief and prevent future damage. These include manual manipulation, electronic stimulation, and physical therapy, among others.
At Charleston Pain Relief Center, we are ready to discuss your needs and create the best treatment program to help you get your life back. Call our office today in North Charleston, South Carolina, at 843-225-2550 to schedule your initial consultation.