Dr. Nuwer offers spinal decompression services for relief from spinal discomfort. Patients in the Palo Alto, CA area suffering from chronic back pain can visit Dr. Nuwer inside Bay Health Center.
Spinal Decompression Q & A
What is spinal decompression?
The goal of spinal decompression is for the relief of pain in the back or legs. Spinal decompression involves the use of a motorized traction table, or similar device, that stretches the spine. This stretching of the spine creates a vacuum inside the spinal disc, which can cause herniated discs to pull the bulge back into the disc, and effectively takes the pressure off the spinal discs to reduce any pressure. The relief of pressure on the discs will also pull pressure off of the nerves and structures of the spine. Spinal decompression initial treatment reduction in pain and discomfort rather quickly, though full relief is usually achieved through a series of treatments.
How is spinal decompression done?
The patient will lie on a spinal decompression bed and be fitted with a harness around either the shoulders or the pelvis depending on the area in need of treatment. An advanced spinal decompression computer system simulates an anti-gravity effect, slowly pulling gently on the spine, helping the herniation return to its normal position and stop the pain. The treatment typically lasts anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes and is gentle and painless. Patients can wear loose fitting clothing, and many patients fall asleep during treatment. Several sessions may be needed over one or two months to complete the process.
What conditions are successfully treated and relieved by spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression therapy can be successful for treatment in relieving low back pain, neck pain, and radiating arm and leg pain due to herniated or bulging discs. Spinal decompression therapy can also be effective for treating sciatica, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, spinal stenosis, and post-surgical recovery.
Is there anyone who should not have spinal decompression therapy?
Spinal decompression is not recommended for pregnant women, patients with severe osteoporosis, or severe obesity. Each patient’s case is considered individually to determine if treatment would be the best option.