Non-Surgical Breakthrough In Back Pain Relief
WHAT IS SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY?
Spinal decompression therapy is a revolutionary non-surgical medical breakthrough. This painless treatment provides relief to severe low back and neck pain sufferers by gently reducing the pressure within the discs of the spine.
When spinal discs degenerate, they commonly exert debilitating pressure on the spinal cord or the nerve roots that extend out from the back of the spine. This pressure can lead to many life-disrupting symptoms such as numbness, tingling, sharp/shooting pain, or burning in the arms or down the legs in the case of sciatica.
This therapy is effective in treating chronic issues that were only previously managed with medication or surgery:
- Bulging Discs
- Herniated Discs
- Degenerative Disc Disease
HOW DOES SPINAL DECOMPRESSION WORK?
Either from injury, lifestyle stressors, or age-related degeneration, pressures inside the disc can cause the disc to bulge out between vertebrae and press painfully on nerve roots. Once this compression occurs and the nerve root is irritated, the inflammation doesn’t allow natural healing.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression produces negative pressures within the disc through a series of specific automated pumping mechanisms. This negative pressure creates a vacuum effect that takes the pressure off the nerve by drawing it back in the bulging or protruding disc.
Experts believe that oxygen, nutrients, and other fluids are drawn to the disc during spinal decompression therapy. This action stimulates the body’s repair mechanism and helps the disc heal, returning it to its prior, healthy shape naturally.
At OC Wellness Physicians Medical Group, we complement our decompression program with deep tissue laser application. This additional modality further helps your body heal by increasing the cellular energy output, allowing cells to regenerate faster.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS SPINAL DECOMPRESSION?
According to a study conducted by Dr. John Leslie of the Mayo Clinic, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is proven to be 88.9% effective for back and neck pain. This medically-reviewed clinical data is based on a multi-center, phase II, non-randomized pilot study. Patients in the study suffered from chronic back pain, on average, for about ten years.
After two weeks of treatments, patients experienced a 50% reduction in pain. And after completing the entire six-week protocol of 20 treatments, Dr. Leslie documented an overall success rate of 88.9%
Pre-treatment, participants experienced:
- An average pain score of 6.4 out of 10
- Pain longer than 6 months
Post-treatment, participants experienced:
- A decrease in average pain score to 0.8 out of 10
- Overall pain reduction
- Improved function
- Fewer analgesics needed
- No safety issues or adverse effects
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE IN A TYPICAL PROTOCOL?
While every case is different most protocols range between 10-25 sessions over 8-12 weeks. Before and after each decompression session, we may also provide specific laser and physical therapy techniques to help complement the treatment and further reduce pain. It’s very common for patients to experience improvement in their symptoms after just a few treatments.
IS NON-SURGICAL SPINAL DECOMPRESSION SAFE?
Yes, Spinal Decompression is completely safe for patients that qualify for the treatment. However, not everyone is a candidate. We perform a thorough evaluation before recommending this treatment. Our specialists use a combination of diagnostic imaging and function outcome assessments, including but not limited to digital x-rays, MRI studies, CT scans, functional capacity evaluations, disability scoring protocols, and other evidenced-based procedures required by our physicians.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR NON-SURGICAL SPINAL DECOMPRESSION?
You might be an ideal candidate if you’ve been experiencing chronic neck or back pain for an extended period. Especially if doctors have told you that your only two solutions for relief are:
1) Mask the symptoms through drugs and injections, or
2) Undergo expensive and invasive back surgery
Once our medical team has completed your full assessment, they will determine if this treatment can help your situation and get you out of pain. About 6 in 10 patients are good candidates for this spinal decompression.
Schedule a consultation today to see if you’re a candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression.
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Chronic neck and back pain can be managed in many ways, depending on the cause and specific circumstances.
At OC Wellness Physicians Medical Group, we incorporate various modalities to get you the best results as fast (and long-lasting) as possible. From advanced, non-invasive treatments such as Spinal Decompression to Conservative Therapies such as Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, and Acupuncture, we offer a combination of effective treatments to get you feeling good and pain-free again.
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