Am I a good candidate for spinal decompression treatment?
If your low back pain is caused by herniated lumbar discs and has lasted for more than four weeks, Non-Surgical spinal decompression treatments could be ideal for you. It may also be ideal for you if your pain is caused by degenerated discs, and you have not noticed improvement after four weeks of therapy. In addition, patients who had back surgery at least six months ago and continue to experience pain tend to respond well to spinal decompression treatments. You should be older than 18 years of age and be available for treatments during a four-to-six week course.

Are there any side effects from spinal decompression treatment?
Side effects are generally uncommon with spinal decompression treatments. Some patients may feel temporary, mild muscle spasms.

How long will it take to treat my back pain?
Your specific treatment schedule will be determined by your doctor, but normally a treatment program takes six weeks and consists of 20 sessions lasting 30 minutes each.

What could exclude me from spinal decompression treatment?
If you are pregnant, have acute osteoporosis, suffer from metastatic, pelvic or abdominal cancers, or have metal rods or appliances in your spine, spinal decompression treatment is most likely not for you.

Other factors that might exclude you from being a good candidate for this treatment are:

recent lumbar fusion
recent compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1
spondylolisthesis (unstable)
pars defect
pathologic aortic aneurysm
disc space infections
severe peripheral neuropathy
cognitive dysfunction


When can I begin to see results?
In typical cases, patients start feeling considerable reduction in pain during the treatment’s second week.

Why do I have lower back pain?
Your pain could be a result of aging, or an injury might be the source. For whatever reason your pain first began, you’re most likely experiencing it because your intervertebral discs have worn down (degenerated) or are bulging out (herniated). Simply speaking, vertebrae are the bones that protect your spinal cord, and soft discs between each vertebra serve as your spinal column’s shock absorbers. If the discs have deteriorated, the shock absorbing function isn’t working properly. If they have herniated, the bulging is pushing on nerves which results in numbness or pain.


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