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Who Is a Good Candidate for Spinal Decompression?

Back pain is one of the most common issues for which people seek help. Chronic back pain can significantly affect the quality of life you live. Most treatments for chronic back pain are noninvasive. Usually, they are either offered by physical therapists or chiropractors. If you have been experiencing back pain and the noninvasive treatments are not giving long-term results, maybe it is time for a different approach.


When most other treatments for back pain are not working, spinal decompression may work. Spinal decompression is known to help with several conditions other than back pain, such as sciatica and herniated discs. Your doctor may still include other modalities like chiropractic care and physical therapy with spinal decompression. 



What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?



It is a treatment that gently stretches the spine using motorized traction. You usually lie on a specially designed table connected to a computer. The computer controls the amount and pressure of the traction you experience. 


A single session of the treatment lasts about 30 minutes. The doctor will usually develop a treatment plan that includes several sessions. The therapy is entirely painless, and you remain fully clothed through it. 



What Conditions Does Spinal Decompression Treat?



Spina decompression is famous for treating two main conditions:



Chronic Neck and Back Pain



As mentioned earlier, chronic back pain can take a heavy toll on your life. Neck pain can also have the same impact on your life. When modalities like chiropractic care and physical therapy fail to work, spinal decompression is most likely to work. 


Chronic neck and back pain usually develop after injuries or a bad posture. The root cause is often too much pressure on the spine. Spinal decompression relieves the pressure in the spine, resulting in long-term pain relief.



Herniated Disks



Herniated discs occur when a spinal disc that separates the different vertebrae in the spine shifts. The shift causes the vertebrae to rub against each other, leading to back pain. It may also exert pressure on nearby nerves and soft tissue. The doctor can create negative pressure in the spine through spinal decompression, drawing the spinal disc back into place. 



Who Is a Candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy?



Most people with the above conditions are candidates for spinal decompression therapy. Most people who had not undergone any noninvasive treatments for back pain were skeptical of the treatment. But after trying the therapy, they usually become staunch believers. 


To be a good candidate, you need to be in good health. You also need to be able to commit enough time for several treatments over a few weeks. If you have any of the following conditions and are in general good health, you may qualify for the treatment.



  • Sciatica.
  • General back pain.
  • Herniated disks.
  • Nerve root issues.
  • Neck pain.
  • Weak spinal joints.



Who Is Not a Candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy?



Despite its noninvasive nature, spinal decompression is not for everyone. Sometimes, it can cause more damage than good. If you are in any of the following categories, you are not a good candidate for the treatment:


  • Patients with spinal fusion.
  • Patients with spinal stenosis.
  • Pregnant women.
  • History of back surgery.
  • Patients with an artificial disk or implant.


For more on who is a good candidate for spinal decompression, visit Greater Nashville Health Institute at our office in Gallatin, Tennessee. Call (615) 583-4006​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ to book an appointment today.

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