Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical procedure that involves the gentle distraction of the spinal joints in the neck or low back using a computerized traction device.
At Florida Spine and Injury Centers, the patients that respond best to this type of treatment typically suffer from sciatica, degenrative disc disease, disc bulges, disc herniations, and chronic neck and/or back pain.
The treatment is safe and typically quite comfortable. A course of spinal decompression therapy includes approximately 20 treatment sessions over the course of 4-6 weeks.
Spinal decompression therapy is the method of using negative intradiscal pressure to pull extruded disc material back into the nucleus of the disc.
A motor-driven traction device is strapped to the neck or back, and a vacuum effect known as spinal imbibition stretches vertebrae so that shifted or displaced material can return to its natural position, thereby releasing neural decompression and rehydrating the disc material.¹
This method is performed under the direct supervision of a physician with experience in back pain care. During a decompression session, the machine is programmed to pull and open the table (creating stretch and decompression) for 45 - 60 seconds. Then the computer is programmed to release 20%-50% depending on the patient’s situation.
Decompression treatment sessions are brief, lasting approximately 30 minutes.
The decompression machines are programmed specifically based on the patients symptoms and diagnostic results, this dicates how much of a pull and at what angle to pull, depending on the vertebrae(s) of focus.
With precise positioning, degree of angle, and intensity of the gentle force or pull, it will separate the table creating a light decompression of the spine.
During the treatment, Spinal Decompression traction may pull the vertebrae enclosing an injured disc several millimeters with the goal of reducing the patient's low back or neck pain with minimal pain incurred.
Spinal Decompression may be used in conjunction with Physical Therapy to boost your recovery time. Click here to learn more.
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