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Cost of Spinal Decompression | [Complete Cost Guide 2023]

What Is the Cost of Spinal Decompression?

As a general rule, an individual session of spinal decompression therapy costs $150 dollars and a comprehensive program costs $800 to $2300.  On average, the cost of spinal decompression surgery can range from $10,000 to $30,000 or more.

Price List of Surgical and Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression*

Average Hospitalization Hours Average Total Cost*´ in €
Non-Surgical Decompression
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression 0 hours €800-€1200
Surgical Decompression
Surgical Lumbar Spinal Fusion(s) 120 hours €21000 – €39700
Surgical Endoscopic Spine Surgery 72 – 100 hours €11900 – €21000
Surgical Spinal Cord Stimulation/ Epidural 48 – 72 hours €7000 – €9000
*The complete price list* includes everything from surgery, anaesthesia, pain management, to laboratories and examinations. We have not included presurgical diagnostics and postsurgical medical aids (such as knee and ankle orthoses, crutches, etc) nor physiotherapy on this list. This is an average price. There are many factors that may affect your specific case, including the constitution, age, and prior underlying conditions. The prices represent the average total cost for the procedure. * The quotes are based on the valid German insurance regulation concerning physicians' and hospitals' charges (G-DRG 2010).

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The purpose of spinal decompression is to allow painful discs to heal. There are two types of treatment, each with different costs:

  • Non-surgical spinal decompression
  • Surgical Spinal Decompression

How Does Spinal Decompression Work, and Who Is a Good Candidate for It?

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The spinal decompression procedure is a type of mechanical traction that is used to treat back pain and other conditions associated with the spine. Spinal decompression aims to relieve pressure on the spine and nerves by gently stretching the spine. This type of therapy can be done using various methods, but most often, it is done using a machine that applies controlled traction to the spine.

Spinal decompression may provide the following benefits:

  • Back, neck, and leg pain relief
  • The ability to move more freely
  • Improved circulation of blood
  • Inflammation reduced

What Is Surgical Spinal Decompression?

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Surgical spinal decompression is a type of surgery that is performed to relieve pressure on the spine. This pressure can be caused by various conditions, including herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis.

Surgical spinal decompression aims to relieve pain and improve mobility by taking pressure off of the spine. This can be accomplished by removing parts of the vertebrae, fusing them together, or placing devices in between the vertebrae to prevent them from grinding together.

Surgical spinal decompression is generally considered a treatment option for those who are suffering from severe pain due to pressure on the spine. As with any surgery, there are risks involved, so it is essential to discuss all options with a doctor before deciding if this type of surgery is right for you.

Is Spinal Decompression Right for Me? 

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It can be beneficial for anyone suffering from back pain, neck pain, or other spine conditions. You should speak with your chiropractor or physiotherapist before starting any type of traction therapy to ensure that it is right for you.

What Is the Typical Cost of Non-surgical Treatment Versus Surgical Spinal Decompression?

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The typical cost of non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is usually much less expensive than surgical spinal decompression. Nevertheless, the cost will vary depending on each individual case and the specific treatment type. In most cases, non-surgical spinal decompression is significantly less risky and has a shorter recovery period than surgery, making it a more affordable option for many patients.

Is Spinal Decompression Associated With Any Risks, and What Should You Do if They Occur?

Some risks are associated with spinal decompression treatment, but they are rare. The most common side effect is mild discomfort during the treatment session. In the rare event that you experience any discomfort during your treatment, please tell your therapist so they can adjust the settings accordingly. Other rare side effects include headaches, skin irritation, and mild bruising. If you experience any of these side effects, please immediately contact your doctor or healthcare provider.

Is There Any Maintenance Treatment Needed After Spinal Decompression to Keep the Results Lasting?

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The results of spinal decompression can last for years. Still, they may require some form of maintenance treatments, such as regular spinal decompression therapy treatments or chiropractic adjustments, which can help prolong the results and keep the spine in better alignment.

How Much Does Spinal Decompression Cost?

The purpose of spinal decompression is to reduce pain and promote healing in the spinal disc(s) by increasing space between vertebrae. Different treatments cost differently.

  • Non-surgical spinal decompression
  • Spinal decompression surgery

In comparing spine decompression costs, it is important to take these two alternatives into account.

Costs And Benefits Of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

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To analyze the costs of Spinal Decompression, one must first consider the advantages that Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression has for the patient. The first advantage is that there is no surgical intervention, and it is a non-drug procedure.

The non-surgical Spinal Decompression procedure is exceptionally safe, with little chance of injury to a patient. During Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression treatments, patients are likely to fall asleep.

If the condition has advanced too far, surgical decompression may be required.  However, surgery is not without risks, however. Occasionally, the surgery may cause instability in the spine, requiring subsequent surgical procedures such as spinal fusion. These procedures are very costly.

How Can Spinal Decompression Help You?

Decompression of the Spine – How Often?

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Most doctors recommend between two and five visits per week, lasting approximately 15-30 minutes each. A patient typically undergoes 10 to 24 treatments, according to the condition of the spinal disc(s).

A spinal decompression therapy treatment can alleviate back pain. There may be other, more affordable options you can consider when it comes to back pain relief.

Do Any Other Costs Apply?

In some cases, doctors will require an MRI before starting spinal decompression treatment. Usually, this is not necessary.

neck pain

In general, spinal decompression costs vary according to geographic location and machine type. Various clinics charge different prices for Spinal Decompression machines; therefore, the costs may vary. Here, we must point out that just because a table costs more, it does not necessarily mean it will produce a better result. So, you should always find a doctor who is well-known in the field. Usually, this will yield better results.

Sometimes, doctors prescribe medicines and stabilizing belts as part of their treatment protocols. Most patients will not need these.

Pain in the back can be treated in a plethora of ways, including spinal decompression therapy. In the case of lower back pain, there may be other alternatives that are more affordable.


That’s a quick overview of the two types of spinal decompression and how much they cost. If you have any questions or want to know more about either type of treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you find relief from your back pain. 



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