SPINAL COMPRESSION THERAPY
PLANO PAIN RELIEF DOCTOR
PAIN MANAGEMENT TREATMENT OPTIONS
Dallas Metro Area Back Pain Relief Center
You know how awful back pain can be if you’ve ever had it. Millions of people in the United States suffer from chronic back pain, and many of the options include prescription medications or surgery. One of the major advantages of spinal decompression therapy is that it is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment option for those suffering from back pain.
At The Pain Relief Center, we offer this option for those looking for a solution to their chronic back woes. For those experiencing lower back pain, hip pain, or leg pain, spinal decompression therapy might just work for you. If your pain prevents you from living your life to the fullest and participating in the activities you love, we’re here to help. Along with specific treatments like spinal decompression therapy, we include strengthening exercises and sometimes spinal adjustments. Above all, we prioritize creating a personalized treatment plan for each and every patient. For more information on which treatment might be right for you, call 214-709-1904 to schedule an appointment with a Dallas pain management specialist today.
What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
A motorized traction table gradually stretches the spine during spinal decompression. This alters the force and location of the spine as a result. By producing negative pressure in the disc, this shift relieves strain on the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine. Bulging or herniated disks may retract as a consequence, relieving pressure on nerves and other structures in the spine. As a result, this aids the passage of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks, allowing them to recover.
During the process, you remain fully clothed. Your doctor will fit you with two harnesses, one around your pelvis and another around your torso. On the motorized traction table, you either lie face down or face up. The specialist adjusts the computer which controls the table to meet your specific needs. Generally, this treatment lasts about 30-45 minutes, and often requires multiple treatment sessions. Alongside this treatment, we sometimes employ other methods to aid in your recovery, including the following.
- Electrical stimulation
- Heat or cold therapy
Does Spinal Decompression Really Work?
All in all, each patient reacts differently to different types of treatments. That’s why it’s extremely important to speak with your trusted pain management specialist to determine which option is right for you. Additionally, there are certain people who should not undergo spinal decompression therapy due to certain underlying conditions. Below, we list those conditions which mean patients should avoid this treatment option.
- Pregnant individuals
- Fractured spine
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Advanced osteoporosis
- Metal implants in the spine
For individuals who have had spinal surgery, spinal decompression therapy is often not contra-indicated (withheld owing to the risk of damage to the patient). Even after a botched back surgery, many individuals have found relief using spinal decompression. Patients who have had a failed laminectomy or microdiscectomy may still benefit from spinal decompression. The success rate of spinal decompression decreases if a patient has had more than three laminectomies. Patients who have had surgical fusion with rods, screws, or other types of hardware may not be eligible for spinal decompression. Consult with your doctor about whether or not this option will work for you.
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy Used For?
This type of treatment has been used by doctors to treat a variety of conditions. We list the most common conditions that spinal decompression therapy seeks to treat below.
- Back pain or neck pain
- Worn spinal joints (posterior facet syndrome)
- Herniated or bulging disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
What Are the Benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require any medication and takes only a few minutes to complete. It also has quick benefits, with many patients reporting pain alleviation after only one session. That’s a lot faster than any type of spinal surgery, and it doesn’t come with the recuperation period that surgery does.
Rather than masking the pain with medicine, spinal decompression reduces the amount of pressure on the spine, resulting in natural pain alleviation. This implies that back pain isn’t merely reduced for the duration of a pill’s effect; it’s being eliminated by addressing the root of the problem. One of the most significant advantages of spinal decompression therapy is the absence of addictive medications or adverse effects that come with surgery.
Spinal Decompression Therapy Risks
Despite the fact that spinal decompression treatment is a minimally invasive procedure, there are still certain hazards associated. To evaluate if spinal decompression treatments are right for you, your chiropractor may request a physical exam, MRI, and X-rays. Below, we list the conditions which signal that someone should not undergo spinal decompression therapy.
- Surgical hardware in the spine, like screws or rods
- Prior lumbar fusion/s less than 6 months old
- Metastatic cancer which spread to the bones
- Grade 3 or 4 spondylolisthesis
- Recent compression fracture of the lumbar spine
- Pathologic aortic aneurysm
- Pelvic or abdominal cancer
- Disc space infections
Non Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy Side Effects
The majority of people have no significant adverse effects. For the first week or two, the most frequent side effect is a dull, achy stiffness while the body adjusts to being stretched and decompressed. Decompression of the spine extends muscles in a lengthening direction, which the body is not accustomed to. Patients may have a dull, achy pain as a result of this, which they frequently describe as “feeling like I just worked out for the first time in a long time.” They seldom see an increase in the discomfort they were experiencing when they first come in.
Patients with acute, severe disc herniations may suffer discomfort for a week or two until the herniation retracts, relieving pressure on the nerves. Because an acute disc herniation can be unexpected, individuals with acute disc herniations often experience “up and down” alleviation from their pain for the first two weeks. Regardless of the slight soreness experienced in the first week or two, by the end of the second week, most patients have achieved 50% or more pain reduction.
What is the Success Rate of Spinal Decompression?
We’ve found that the overall success rate is about 80% based on years of spinal decompression practice and hundreds of patients treated. Given that the majority of our patients have “tried everything else” with limited or no relief, have at least a moderate pain level, and have been in pain for more than 6 weeks, we believe this success rate to be extremely good. Within the first week, about 20% of patients will get pain alleviation. Within 2–3 weeks, about 40% of patients will see a substantial improvement. The remaining 20% will see considerable improvement in 4–6 weeks. Only around 20% of people will get no or only minor alleviation. A patient’s condition will not usually deteriorate.
Contact The Pain Relief Center in Plano, TX
At The Pain Relief Center in Plano, we offer a wide variety of pain management solutions for patients with all manner of uncomfortable conditions. We devote ourselves each and every day to serving the Dallas Metro Area with cutting-edge pain management solutions. Additionally, we move beyond the traditional or outdated treatment plans that simply don’t work for everyone. All treatments are minimally invasive, and we have flexible hours to accommodate you, as well as an after-hours service if you require our pain relief doctor immediately. To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained and experienced professionals, call 214-709-1904 today.
The most critical step on the path to recovery is finding a pain management doctor who can address your pain management needs successfully. The Pain Relief Center and its five specialized institutes are dedicated to meeting any and all of a patient’s needs. Located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Dr. Rodriguez and his friendly staff will help you along the path to recovery.
Our new center in Dallas is part of a nationwide development by Pain Relief Centers, geared to providing individualized and comprehensive healing and pain management services with unprecedented levels of compassion, care, and comfort for each patient.