Frequently Asked Questions About Spinal Decompression

What is Spinal Decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression is non-surgical, non-invasive, drug-free treatment technique that treats patients suffering from chronic back and neck pain. The device used for this treatment provides calculated, computerized adjustments to create space between spinal vertebrae. Spinal decompression therapy helps reduce the pressure from the spine that is causing pain and discomfort.

How does Spinal Decompression therapy work?

Spinal Decompression therapy may initially be performed manually to understand the level of pressure a patient can withstand before moving to a specialized device that provides accurate treatment consistently. The doctor or physician will softly stretch the area of the back or neck that is experiencing pain. Upon success of this stretch, the spinal decompression device will continue stretching the area of the spine to provide sustained pain relief by creating negative intradiscal pressure (vacuum effect), which allows fluids and nutrients to return to the spinal discs.

How much does Spinal Decompression cost?

We are more than willing to consult with your insurance company to understand the amount they will cover under your policy. During your consultation, we will go over this information with you. Call (805) 457-4004 to schedule your initial consultation today.

How long does treatment take?

Under normal circumstances, each session will take approximately 30 minutes. Basically, the length of time you spend on our device will be determined by the severity of your condition. We will gladly cover this information during your initial consultation.

What conditions does Spinal Decompression treat?

Spinal Decompression Therapy is designed to treat people who are suffering from back and leg pain through nonsurgical methods that help reduce pressure from the spinal cord and the surrounding nerves and muscles.

  • Neck Pain (Cervical Pain)
  • Lower Back Pain (Lumbago)
  • Sciatica (Leg and Foot Pain and Numbness)
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Herniated or Bulging Vertebral Discs
  • Slipped Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Posterior Facet Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

Do I need to have my own x-ray or MRI images prior to treatment?

Having your own, up-to-date x-ray and MRI images is very helpful and may speed up the process. However, it is not necessary, as we are more than capable of taking digital x-rays in our office. We also work with other offices to take MRI images if necessary.

Does Spinal Decompression treatment really work?

Yes. Through gradual degrees of calculated increases of distractive force and calculated angles to the specific vertebral disc, Spinal Decompression Therapy slowly creates space between the discs to pull in the necessary nutrients and oxygen. Basically, the decompression device will slowly pull the vertebral discs apart to create the vacuum effect and allow the disc to rehydrate with the aforementioned fluids, which leads to pain relief and healing.

Does Spinal Decompression hurt?

No. Most patients experience a reduction in pain after Spinal Decompression therapy. With our Spinal Decompression device, each patient has the option to stop the treatment at any time by simply pushing a button.

Is Spinal Decompression the same as Traction therapy?

No. Spinal Decompression the evolution of Traction. In other words, it is the next step. The biggest difference between the two is the “Vacuum Effect” that occurs from Spinal Decompression Therapy, which does not happen with Traction Therapy. In fact, traction therapy may tug on the body in a way that causes the muscles to respond and contract. This response will increase the amount of pressure to the vertebral disc that is affected and, ultimately, create more pain. The Vacuum Effect is so important because it is the negative pressure created through Spinal Decompression that allows nutrients and oxygen to repopulate the disc area and begin the healing process.

How often do I need Spinal Decompression treatment?

The frequency of Spinal Decompression therapy is based on your condition. After a full examination of your condition, we will be able to determine the number of times and for how long you should receive treatment. Depending on the severity of your condition, we may recommend spinal decompression therapy anywhere from 4-8 sessions before major improvement is noticeable.

How do I know if Spinal Decompression will work for me?

Spinal Decompression therapy is safe and effective for the majority of patients. Our doctors will perform in extensive medical examination and go over your medical history to identify the need for spinal decompression therapy. If there are no conditions present that would cause other problems from this treatment, then the doctor will recommend this treatment. Typically, patients who have been experiencing chronic back pain for six months or longer may be possible candidates. However, for patients with severe back problems or for those that have had spinal fusion or implants, spinal decompression therapy may not be effective.

Can I continue to exercise while undergoing treatment?

Yes. However, you will not be able to jump right back into your normal routine. Absolutely no dead lifts. Actually, adopting a wellness plan and lifestyle that includes light, routine workouts combined with maintenance adjustments can help you get the most from your treatment.

How long will it take to feel better?

Typically, patients experience improvement with just a few appointments or after the first week, but everybody is different. Some patients with severe chronic back pain have found quick relief after the first or second treatments. It is important to remember that results from Spinal Decompression therapy may vary depending on the severity of your condition.

Will insurance cover the cost of Spinal Decompression?

Insurance will normally cover part of your spinal decompression therapy. However, each insurance plan is different, and we will get in touch with your insurance carrier to obtain a clear idea of the amount they will cover during your initial consultation.

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