Monday, May 2, 2011

Some Common Causes of Back Pain and How Spinal Decompression Can Help

What makes me a candidate for spinal decompression treatment?

Usually we would recommend Spinal Decompression for patients that have been suffering from:
Herniated discs
Bulging discs
Degenerative Disc Disease
Facet Syndrome
Additionally, patients that have not responded to physical therapy and chiropractic care may be candidates for non surgical spinal decompression.

What is the spinal decompression treatment experience like?

Thats the best thing about spinal decompression, the "side effects" of spinal decompression are limited to mild soreness which may cause mild discomfort for some patients. The soreness is not unlike how you would feel after a good workout. For most patients the treatment is very comfortable and relaxing, and the treatments last between 30 to 45 minutes. Patients often fall asleep since the stretch in the spine is not painful and feels good to most people.

Spinal decompression is often followed up with other therapies like cold/heat therapy, electronic muscle stimulation, and laser therapy.

What do the conditions mean?

Degenerative Disc Disease:
Is when a intervertebral disc is deteriorated, and dehydrated which leads to the degradation of the disc's ability to handle the loads placed upon it. Degenerative disc disease also contributes to bulging, herniated discs, and stenosis.

Facet Syndrome:
The facets are located towards the back of the spine and help keep the vertebrae aligned. Facet syndrome is usually characterized y inflammation, pain and stiffness that increases with activity and decreases with rest.

Often associated with a herniated or ruptured discs, sciatica occurs when a disc in the lumbar spine impinges no a spinal nerve that leads to the sciatic nerve, interfering with normal nerve activity. Sciatica can be acute or chronic, and is associated with pain that shoots down the buttocks and the leg. Tingling and numbness are also associated with sciatica, along with some loss of sensation.

We always use a combined approach towards treating back pain. Along with other treatment methods like Physical Therapy, Cold Laser, and the Graston Technique, we have helped mmany people suffering from chronic, painful conditions.

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