Why Would I Need Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy may offer an effective way to help you manage your neck or back pain. The therapy is just one of the treatments offered by the doctors at Ortho Integrative Medicine in Clearwater, FL.

What is spinal decompression?

Bulging or herniated discs are a common cause of neck and back pain. Rubbery discs located between your vertebrae cushion your spine, absorb shock, and help you bend and move easily.

In some cases, part of the disc may begin to move out of its usual position, causing a bulge that presses on your nerves and causes pain. Bulging can occur if the fluid level of your discs decreases due to aging or if you’ve experienced an injury.

Without treatment, the bulging disc may eventually herniate. Herniation occurs when the soft, gel-like core of the disc protrudes through the tough outer covering.

Spinal decompression, also called spinal traction, decrease pressures on your nerves, joints, and discs by slowly and precisely stretches your spine. The therapy reduces pain, improves blood flow, rehydrates discs, and may even reduce bulging.

Who can benefit from spinal decompression?

During your visit to the Clearwater, FL, medical center, your doctor may recommend spinal decompression if you suffer from any of these other conditions:

  • Bulging, herniated, ruptured, or deteriorating discs
  • Posterior facet syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Injured spinal nerve roots

What happens during your treatment?

You’ll wear a harness around your abdomen and hips and lie on a special table during your spinal decompression treatment. Your chiropractor will control the movement of the table with the assistance of a computer. As the table moves, your spine will be gently stretched, reducing compression on your discs and nerves.

Spinal decompression usually takes about 30 minutes and isn’t painful. Although you’ll probably notice an improvement in your symptoms after the first session, you’ll need multiple treatments to enjoy the full benefits of spinal decompression therapy.

Don’t let pain rule your life. Ask your Clearwater, FL, doctors at Ortho Integrative Medicine if spinal decompression is a good option for you. Call (815) 708-6195 to schedule your appointment.

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