When you are suffer from back pain, it can affect your everyday functioning and overall quality of life. Even if you are initially treated for an injury or a condition, you may still be affected by chronic pain later on that needs to be addressed.
There are a number of different options that you can try to deal with your pain, and each one has advantages and disadvantages regarding recovery time, surgical options, or your level of comfort.
One popular option for relieving back pain is spinal decompression. If you are considering spinal decompression, we have all the information you need below.
What Does Spinal Decompression Treat?
Spinal decompression helps to curb back pain and symptoms that are a result of the following injuries and conditions:
- Posterior facet syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
Most of the time, back pain is caused by excessive pressure on either discs in the spine or vertebrae. The pressure may prevent the area from getting the nutrients and fluids it needs, or it may just rest heavily on the surrounding nerves.
Spinal decompression helps to relieve that pressure through different types of treatments or procedures.
Does Spinal Decompression Require Surgery?
No. There are surgical and non-surgical options if you want to undergo spinal decompression therapy.
What Is Spinal Decompression Surgery?
There are three main processes involved in spinal decompression surgery, although only one or two may be necessary for your needs. All procedures will be completed while you are under anesthesia, and will help to relieve pressure on affected discs or vertebrae. The procedures may require a large incision to complete the following:
- Laminectomy: A section of bone is removed from the vertebrae
- Microdiscectomy: A second of the affected disc is removed
- Spinal fusion: Multiple vertebrae are joined together to form a stronger bone
After the procedure, you will be closed up with stitches or surgical staples.
What Is the Recovery Like for This Surgery?
Recovery will vary based on the type of procedure you require. Certain types of spinal fusion can be carried out through microendoscopic surgery, requiring only a small incision. These surgeries have minimal recovery time.
For more “open” surgeries, recovery time takes a little longer. For example, after a microdiscetomy, you may have to restrict activity for over six weeks. And even after those six weeks, you still have to be careful – the inside of your disc will continue to heal for up to four months.
What Is Involved in Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Surgery is not always the best option for everyone dealing with back pain. If you choose the non-surgical route, there are ways to receive spinal decompression therapy in a non-invasive manner. Spinal decompression therapy is a type of traction therapy, but focuses on reducing pressure around certain discs or vertebrae.
One option for spinal decompression therapy is using the DRX900. The DRX900 uses a vacuum-like machine that alleviates pressure from affected discs and the nearby nerves. Reducing pressure in this way will help blood to flow freer, and nutrients and fluids to reach the affected disc easier. The DRX900 also uses state-of-the-art technology to adjust decompression and pressure to the patient’s needs during the treatment.
What Can iChiropractic Offer Me?
At iChiropractic, we offer our patients a type of treatment that customizes and provides the best in spinal decompression therapy. We use the DRX900 to relieve you of back pain with a non-evasive, customized treatment.
For more information about our expertise, the DRX900, or spinal decompression therapy in general, contact iChiropractic today.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.