Spinal Decompression Q & A
by Ram Parikh, D.C.
What is spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression therapy is a specialized chiropractic treatment directed at relieving musculoskeletal pain through gentle stretching. Although there is a surgical procedure of the same name, Dr. Parikh at the Discover Wellness Center performs a non-surgical treatment for his patients in the Butler, Pennsylvania area.
Based around Spinal Decompression, the procedure creates pressure within the discs of the spine with the benefit of drawing material from a bulging or herniated disc back inside the disc and enabling healing nutrients to enter the disc and facilitate the healing process.
What conditions are addressed with spinal decompression?
By using this advanced form of spinal decompression, Dr. Parikh is able to effectively treat patients who are suffering from a range of conditions affecting the nervous system. Conditions treated with spinal decompression therapy include low back pain, bulging discs, herniated discs, neck pain, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and radiating pain in the arms and legs. This treatment approach may be ideal for people suffering from chronic pain that has proven resistant to other treatments.
What can I expect during spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression therapy may be performed in your doctor’s office on an outpatient basis. Dr. Parikh and his competent staff will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure and what to expect. The typical process involves lying on a motorized table on your back. A special harness is attached to the table and wrapped around your lower torso. The lower part of the table moves as the top part remains still, providing a gentle back and forth stretch.
Most patients do not feel any pain during or after spinal decompression therapy. Although patients may experience some relief after the initial session, several sessions of spinal decompression therapy may be necessary to offer long-term relief. Talk to your doctor to learn more. We also use cold laser therapy to increase circulation, decrease pain and regrow cartilage. Trigenics can be used to lengthen and strengthen muscles.