Spinal decompression is a nonsurgical treatment option for people experiencing mild to severe back pain. This back pain can be caused by a degenerative disc disease, such as a bulging disc or herniated disc that is placing pressure on a nearby nerve root. When a single spinal nerve root is compressed, the resulting clinical outcome is termed radiculopathy, and is usually labeled according to the specific nerve root compressed.
Many health problems can be safely treated through spinal decompression therapy incuding: back pain, sciatica, spinal stenosis, facet syndrome, bulging disc, herniated disc and neuropathy. The main benefit of spinal decompression therapy is assisting in maintaining the health of damaged discs. It rehydrates discs that have been damaged and are subsequently dehydrated, which further complicates the problem.
The number of treatments varies from patient to patient (but can range from eight to twenty-four treatments). On average the treatment time is ten to twenty minutes per session.
Spinal decompression has been used in the treatment of thousands of patients who before were looking only at surgical intervention as their only form of pain relief. Now under conservative decompression therapy, people suffering with pain and radiculopathies associated with these conditions can now be treated without surgery.