Spinal Decompression Therapy Albuquerque
Whether surgically, or non-surgically, the treatment of relieving pressure from one or more pinched nerves in the spinal column is a therapy method called spinal decompression. Spinal decompression therapy centers on stretching the spine
What is spinal decompression therapy for?
For patients suffering with the pain of a herniated, degenerating, or bulging disc, spinal decompression therapy is rapidly becoming one of the most recommended treatments for effective pain relief. This therapy is applied over a course of sessions prescribed by the pain management specialist, with the exact number of treatments varying on a patient-to patient basis.
What conditions can spinal decompression therapy treat?
- Bulging disc
- Herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Isthmic spondylolisthesis
- Degenerative spondylolisthesis
What are non-invasive spinal decompression therapies?
Mechanical traction Using traction devices with a customized table, this type of spinal decompression therapy is quite effective as it reduces external force and intradiscal pressure.
Inversion therapy A form of mechanical traction, this type of spinal decompression therapy has a patient hang upside down. The theory is a vacuum effect is produced to decompress the pressure on the disc internally. It is very effective with relieving symptoms of back and leg pain due to disc inflammation up to 68%.
What are surgical spinal decompression therapies?
Laminectomy– removal of the lamina (back part of the vertebrae).
Microdiscectomy – removal of the herniated nucleus pulpolsus and 97% effective for lumbar disc herniation and sciatica.
How long before I see results with spinal decompression therapy?
Generally patients report beneficial results within a few sessions with an alleviation of pain symptoms. On the second week, pain starts to subside. Many factors come into play before spinal decompression therapy is recommended to ensure a patient meets the criteria to reach a successful outcome, and our team of nationally board certified specialists will develop the most favorable path for a patient to achieve long-term relief of their pain symptoms with a goal to promote healing and full recovery.
Are there side effects with spinal decompression therapy?
In general, there are no side effects. 20% of patients initially report slight muscle spasms as the muscles are gently repositioned, but this is in more severe cases and once a few sessions have passed, it seems to subside. Spasms only last a short while and become less intense over time. With modern technology and computer guided innovations, there is little to no risk involved with spinal decompression therapy. The only risk is that it may not be 100% effective in more severe or complex cases.
How does spinal decompression therapy work?
Spinal decompression therapy works by used specific and focused manipulation and positioning of the spine. A logarithmic curve creates a gentle pull that varies in intensity and degree, coaxing the spine along while decompression takes effect. Spinal decompression therapy is different than traction as traction can trigger painful muscle spasms that can increase a patient’s pain in severity and may further complicate or aggravate conditions or injuries.
Who can benefit from spinal decompression therapy?
Patients who are still in pain and who did not have effective or satisfactory results to conservative treatments, injections, acupuncture, medications, or chiropractic therapies can benefit from spinal decompression therapy.