Spinal Disc Decompression: What to Expect

If you’re bothered by back pain related to disc issues in your spine and wish to avoid surgery, you may want to consider non-invasive spinal disc decompression. Also known as computerized spinal disc decompression traction, this treatment uses a stretching technique to relieve pressure and bring about a range of benefits.

The expert team at Johnson Medical Center in Venice, Florida, is pleased to offer spinal disc decompression for good candidates. Keep reading to learn more about this treatment and whether it might be a smart option for you.

How spinal disc decompression works

During spinal disc decompression, your provider stretches your spine using a traction table or motorized device to relieve pain in your back. It helps by isolating each vertebra in your spine to reduce pressure within the disc. Once the pressure is lowered, the disc can rehydrate and receive needed nutrients and oxygen. 

This process isn’t painful. In fact, most of our patients find the sessions to be comfortable and relaxing. You’ll be fully clothed, wear a harness around your trunk and pelvis, and lie face down or face up on a computer-controlled table. Each session takes about 30-45 minutes, and you may need a series of 20-28 sessions scheduled over 5-7 weeks for full benefits.

Effectiveness of spinal disc decompression

While clinical studies and evidence of its effectiveness are needed, spinal disc decompression is broadly accepted as a valid treatment. We have found it to be successful in treating:

Good candidates for spinal disc decompression

If you’re bothered by chronic back pain due to pressure in one or more discs, you may be an excellent candidate for spinal disc decompression. The treatment is considered safe for most people who are in generally good health and isn’t associated with risks brought on by surgical decompression.

You may not be approved for spinal disc decompression if you’re pregnant or have a tumor, fracture, advanced osteoporosis, or metal implants in your spine. The best way to find out if spinal disc decompression, or another treatment, is optimal for you is by scheduling an appointment with one of our skilled providers.

To learn more about spinal disc compression or to get the back pain care you need, call our office or request an appointment online today. We would love to help reduce your back pain so you can live your life more fully.

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