FAQ

Can Spinal Decompression Therapy Help My Pain?

The most common causes of low back and neck conditions are the result of damaged discs and weakened spinal muscle strength and control. Our treatment program addresses both of these problems. The spinal decompression table creates a controlled unloading of the vertebra to decrease disc pressure, which increases blood and nutrient exchange. A great analogy is a fireplace bellow pumping the smoke.  In this case our goal would be to help the fluid and nutrients pump back into the disc. This exchange of fluids is something the damaged disc desperately needs to help it heal from the inside out. Strength and stability can all be improved with other aspects of spinal decompression therapy that include specific controlled exercises.

What will spinal decompression sessions feel like? Is it Safe?

Spinal Decompression Therapy treatments are extremely gentle.  Most of our patients report that they feel a gentle stretch in their lower back and hips—in fact, they often fall asleep during the treatment session.  Our office uses decompression that is FDA-cleared with proven safety and effectiveness. Spinal Decompression Therapy treatments are one of the most gentle and comfortable therapies available. The treatments utilize FDA-cleared equipment with proven safety and efficacy and have never been reported to cause injury. Most patients report a mild sense of stretch on their back or hips, and often fall asleep during treatment sessions.

Why is Spinal Decompression Therapy More Successful Than Other Treatment Options?

Spinal Decompression therapy is highly effective therapy for your low back and neck disc problems. Discs are known to be a predominant site of pain, so treating it as directly as possible makes sense. The combination of decompression, rehabilitation and strengthening of the supporting musculature and structures is pertinent to the success of the program.

How Long Will My Treatment Program Be?

The length of your treatment will depend upon the complexity of your problem.  Therefore, an in depth consultation is necessary to determine what your specific protocol will be.  During your program you will be constantly monitored to ensure the highest level of results.

Why are exercises and other therapies usually recommended?

Exercises to strengthen the muscles around the bones like clay are an integral part of spinal decompression therapy.  In addition to healing the disc, the muscles that control and support the low back and neck need to be re-educated. A gradual breakdown of the foundational support of your low back and neck is what puts undue stresses on the discs and leads to pain and loss of function. Exercise and adjunctive therapies will assist in rehabilitating these structures.

How new is spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy  is relatively new, even though traction therapies have been around for over 1,000 years.  Due to continued advances in technology, spinal decompression is now in the forefront of non-invasive therapy for disc and spinal problems.  Each year, over 50,000 patients are treated with spinal decompression therapy and that number is growing.

How long do the results last?

Following the given protocol is vital to the results that you will achieve.  A majority of patients find significant long-term relief.  Home exercises performed on a regular basis and periodic visits to our office will help you retain your spinal health and reduce the probability of re-occurrence. As with any comprehensive rehabilitation program, your continued home care exercises and modifications of some daily activities is the key to long-term relief.

How Much Will it Cost?

After the doctor reviews your case and recommends your personalized treatment plan, you will be shown a complete breakdown of the costs. We will review all costs, payment options and insurance coverage up front before treatment is ever rendered.  Treatments are extremely cost effective and user friendly financial options are available.  We want to help you and believe that finances shouldn’t stand in the way of your health care goals and recovery!