Spinal Decompression

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Spinal Decompression

Chris Goetz - Sunday, February 24, 2013

Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy Is a Breakthrough in Back Pain Treatment

Goetz with CaptionJust under a million spinal surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year. Eighty percent of all Americans will experience back pain in their lifetimes and contribute to the $50 billion spent annually on its treatment.  As patients continually seek more effective treatments that will help eliminate debilitating pain,  non-surgical spinal decompression has emerged as breakthrough in the effective treatment of degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and a number of other back afflictions. It uses computer controlled mechanical traction to relieve the pressure on spinal discs.

Deterioration of the spinal discs is know as degenerative disc disease (DDD). It is characterized by a reduction in the amount of the gelatinous substance at the center of the discs, and by the weakening of the disc's exterior structure. DDD usually occurs gradually and is a common result of aging. A herniated disc results when the nucleus of the disc protrudes out. This puts pressure on the adjacent nerves resulting in pain, numbness or weakness.

It's pressure reducing effect makes non-surgical spinal decompression an excellent treatment for both degenerative disc disease and herniated discs. In addition, non-surgical spinal decompression is an effective treatment for:

  • Sciatica - pain, weakness, or tingling radiating to the extremities
  • Posterior facet syndrome - worn joints in the spine
  • Radiculopathy - injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
  • Back and neck pain

Spinal decompression treatment is comfortable and gentle. A harness is placed around the patient's hips and the patient lays down on the cushioned table portion of the machine. The harness is connected to the machine and the traction motion creates a release of pressure between the vertebra. The on board computer precisely controls the force and angle of the pulling motion, assuring that the treatment is applied the correct disc. The release of pressure also promotes better flow of water, oxygen and nutrients to affected discs and nerves.

The treatment can be highly customized for each patient. A single treatment can last from 30 to 45 minutes. A typical treatment plan will call for 3 to 5 sessions a week for 4 to 7 weeks. Non-surgical spinal decompression can be complimented by other treatments such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound and heat or cold therapy.

Patients that should avoid this treatment are women who are pregnant, those with tumors, bone fractures, or metal implants and surgical hardware placed in their spine or are suffering from osteoporosis.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.