Spinal decompression is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for neck or back pain associated with a herniated or bulging disc, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome and sciatica.
Spinal decompression is by definition unloading of the spine due to distraction and position. Spinal decompression is performed using a specialized table that "stretches" the spine. The specialized table is computer controlled and is a FDA-cleared device. The computer controls the decompression portion of the treatment through very precise and controlled movements based upon your particular condition.
Spinal Decompression Therapy works by distracting or separating the vertebral bones of the spine to create a negative pressure in the discs or soft pads between the vertebrae. This negative pressure allows water and nutrients to be drawn back into the disc as well as any portion of the disc that may be protruding. The disc is very much like a sponge in that it is largely made up of water and when the pressure is relieved from a disc, the disc will pull water back into itself. A disc that has water in it is healthier. There are several conditions that can be helped by spinal decompression therapy. Some include herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and facet syndrome.
A herniated disc can be caused several different ways including trauma, repetitive stress, poor posture and even the natural aging process. The herniated disc occurs when the inner portion (nucleus) of the disc "leaks" out of the tough outer portion of the disc that is designed to contain the nucleus. When the nucleus leaks out it can contact a spinal nerve. This may cause pain, tingling, numbness and ultimately deterioration of the nerve. Spinal Decompression Therapy can help this by allowing the disc to be pulled back from the nerve and remove the irritation to the sensitive nerve tissue.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is typically a more chronic problem that has been brewing for several years. This occurs when the disc has been injured and over time the water content of the disc has been reduced. This can cause local pain as well as irritation to the spinal nerves which may result in arm or leg pain, tingling or numbness. Spinal decompression therapy helps degenerative disc disease by gently distracting and releasing the spine causing a pumping action in the disc and allowing the disc to rehydrate. This then relieves the pressure on the pain sensitive structures.
Facet syndrome is a condition in which the joints that are in the rear portion of the spinal column are compressed. The causes of facet syndrome are largely unknown, but the condition can result from hyperlordosis (sway back), arthritis of the joints in the rear of the spine due to an injury or degenerative disc disease. Nerves can become irritated and cause local or referred pain. Spinal decompression therapy helps this condition by separating the joints in the rear of the spine so that the pressure on the nerves can be reduced and allow the natural healing process of the body to take over.
If you have any questions about Spinal Decompression please call our office at 610-831-1650 to schedule your complimentary 15 minute phone consultation with Dr. Swede.