What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is typically utilized to relieve pressure on a pinched nerve of the spine. Achieved both surgically and non-surgically, spinal decompression is often used to treat chronic back pain, disc herniation, sciatica, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis.
For surgical intervention, a surgeon would perform a microdiscectomy. This minimally invasive procedure removes a herniated nucleus pulposus. A laminectomy removed a portion of the vertebrae to relieve pain on a pinched nerve.
Non-surgical intervention is accomplished by using a mechanical traction device that controls disc distraction, using force to generate muscle spasm and reduce the body’s propensity. Another form of spinal decompression is called inversion therapy, where a patient hangs upside down as a form of mechanical traction.
According to NBC, 600,000 Americans undergo some form of spine surgery each year, and around 80 percent experience back pain at some points in their life. When individuals undergo aggressive spine surgery and have little improvement it can be extremely depression. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) says that chronic pain sufferers experience dramatic changes in their well being. People find it hard to get a good night’s sleep, are easily agitated, have a tough time preforming normal tasks, and cannot concentrate.
Dr. Steven Papandreas of Dreas Healthcare in Ohio says successful spinal decompression therapy “is a revolutionary new technology used to treat disc injuries and the origin of pain. It presents no health risks to the patient.” Dr. Papandreas says in his clinic “87 percent of patients that completed their non-surgical spinal decompression treatment are pain-free, reporting a feeling of renewed ‘happiness’; 100 percent are medically able and highly motivated to regain the normality of their lives.”
While traditional and minimally invasive procedures may cost a little more than conservative treatments, spinal decompression therapy is very affordable. High costs will add additional stress on patients battling back pain. Spinal decompression therapy is a great alternative to spine surgery.
For more information on spinal decompression therapy and the treatments offered at ONE Brain and Spine Center, call and schedule an appointment. Dr. Burak Ozgur works to tackle brain and spine complications head on. Irvine and surrounding California residents can easily access the care from ONE Brain and Spine Center, today.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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