Spinal Decompression: A Non-Surgical Treatment for Chronic Back Pain

Aug 01, 2019

It’s estimated that the majority of people in the United States – about 80% – will experience back pain at some point in their lives. For a large number of individuals in this group, the pain will become chronic. Often, chronic back pain can be so severe that it can make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning and nearly impossible to accomplish specific daily tasks. Medication is one treatment option to deal with the pain. Surgery may also be recommended, but usually as a last resort. If you suffer from chronic back pain and are looking for a non-surgical method for dealing with it, spinal decompression therapy can be the solution you’re looking for. At Woodway Rehab & Wellness in Houston, TX, we offer this therapy to help patients with chronic back pain.

What is spinal decompression therapy?

The spaces between the vertebrae in the back can become narrowed as degraded or damaged discs move out of position, distorting the normal positioning of these structures within the spine. Spinal decompression therapy consists of applying carefully controlled cycles of gentle stretching and relaxation movements through the use of a computer-guided mechanical device. These movements help to expand the space between the vertebrae. As this space opens, nutrient-rich cerebrospinal fluid is then pulled back into the damaged disc, promoting healing.

What conditions can be treated with spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy can be useful as part of a comprehensive program that might include guided physical therapy along with other treatment measures. It can be used to help relieve pain caused by:

Is spinal decompression therapy safe?

In general, spinal decompression therapy is a safe and often very effective non-surgical method for treating chronic back pain. However, it is not recommended for individuals with significant osteoporosis, certain types of cancer, a history of spinal fusion, or who are pregnant. Before any sessions are completed, we will perform a thorough exam and careful review of your medical history to ensure that you are a right candidate for the therapy.

To learn more about spinal decompression therapy, come see us at Woodway Rehab & Wellness in Houston, TX. We look forward to working with you to find relief from chronic back pain.

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