You may be familiar with “spinal decompression,” but you may not know precisely what it is or how it can help relieve pain. Spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment option for neck and back pain that uses a traction table or similar device to stretch the spine. This treatment can also treat herniated discs, sciatica, and pinched nerves. But can it help relieve knee pain? Let’s take a closer look.
How Spinal Decompression Works
Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. This type of traction allows for a decrease in pressure on the discs and nerves in the spine, which can help to alleviate pain. Spinal decompression can also help increase blood flow and nutrient absorption in the discs, promoting healing.
Does Spinal Decompression Help Knee Pain?
There is no direct evidence that spinal decompression can help relieve knee pain. However, some indirect evidence suggests that spinal decompression in combination with class IV laser may benefit people with knee pain. For example, one study found that people who had knee pain and underwent spinal decompression treatment significantly reduced pain compared to those who did not receive treatment. Additionally, another study found that people with knee osteoarthritis who underwent spinal decompression had a substantial reduction in pain and an improvement in function compared to those who did not receive treatment.
Although there is no direct evidence that spinal decompression can help relieve knee pain, some indirect evidence suggests it may be beneficial. If you are considering this type of treatment, be sure to consult with your chiropractor or physical therapist to see if it is right for you.