You may have heard your doctor or chiropractor mention decompression of the spine, but what does that mean? In short, decompression is a treatment used to relieve pressure on the spine. It is often used to treat herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and sciatica.
How Does Decompression Work?
There are two types of decompression: mechanical and surgical. Mechanical decompression is non-invasive and uses a machine to apply gentle traction to the spine. This traction creates negative pressure, which pulls the disc away from the nerve root and relieves pressure on the nerves. Surgical decompression involves removing a small portion of the bone or disc that is pressing on the nerve.
Is Decompression Effective?
Studies have shown that decompression can effectively treat herniated discs and other conditions that cause nerve pain. One study found that 84% of decompression surgery patients significantly improved their symptoms. Another study found that mechanical decompression patients experienced significant improvements in pain, function, and disability.
You may be a candidate for decompression therapy if you are experiencing chronic back pain or pain radiating down your legs. If you would like to learn more about this treatment option, please schedule an appointment with our office. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find relief from your pain.