In the late 1990’s, the FDA cleared spinal decompression therapy for use in the United States. Over the past decade, the treatment has gained immense popularity as a nonoperative means of relieving back, leg, arm and neck pain.
The treatment is performed on a well padded table that allows low back or neck treatment.
Spinal decompression therapy involves intermittent spinal traction, which is very different than continuous traction. Studies have shown continuous types of traction often cause muscle spasms in the spine, which counteracts a lot of the benefits of the treatment.
With the intermittent type of traction, spasms are avoided. A negative pressure is created inside the disc, which promotes increased blood flow. Along with the blood, increased oxygen and nutrients enter. This can repair some of the damage.
For those with degenerative disc disease, sciatica, facet arthritis, spinal stenosis, spinal decompression therapy works exceptionally well. Studies have shown that for over 80% of patients, the outcome is favorable and the pain relief may last for over six months.
For a treatment that is non-invasive, FDA cleared, and relatively painless,
spinal decompression should definitely be looked at prior to undergoing spine surgery. It cost less than 5% of what spine surgery cost, and is usually involves approximately 20 treatments over 6-7 weeks.
If a person is pregnant, has severe osteoporosis, or has had a spinal fusion with instrumentation, then spinal decompression should be avoided.
With regards to the cons of decompression therapy, there are only a few. For one, the treatment does not fix the spinal problem. This is no different than the vast majority of pain management treatments in existence today, that provide a proverbial “band aid” for pain relief.
Most insurance companies do not cover the treatment, but thankfully the cost has dropped dramatically over the past decade. One issue is the length of treatment, but it is relatively painless and most patients fall asleep while on the table.
If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic neck or back pain, or symptoms of a pinched nerve(s) such as sciatica, spinal stenosis or radiculopathy, spinal decompression therapy may help you avoid surgery and obtain pain relief.
Arizona Pain Specialists has spinal decompression therapy at all locations under the supervision of Board Certified pain management doctors and Phoenix chiropractors. Arizona Pain has multiple locations across the Valley, and takes over 50 insurance plans along with personal injury claims, worker’s compensation and self pay.
Call (602) 507-6550 today for more information and scheduling!