Am I a Candidate for Spinal Decompression?

Posted on By Wasserman Chiro
Decompression Therapy

Finding an effective solution for chronic back pain can seem difficult, if not near impossible. When at-home care has failed, you may worry that surgery is the only remaining option. But, before contemplating the considerable risks of spinal surgery, learn if you’re a candidate for spinal decompression.

As a chiropractic treatment, spinal decompression is a safe and non-surgical way to promote spinal healing for relief from stubborn back pain. Continue reading to learn more about this popular treatment and whether you’re a candidate for it.

What is Spinal Decompression?

Non-surgical spinal decompression involves gently stretching the spine to help with pain, tension, and nerve compression.

Typically, the patient lies down on a special traction table that alleviates pressure on the spine. This process is entirely pain-free and promotes circulation to the spinal discs for proper healing.

What Are The Benefits of Spinal Decompression?

Key benefits of spinal decompression for back pain and spinal conditions include:

  • It’s a safe, non-invasive treatment.
  • No recovery time is required.
  • It provides significant back pain relief.
  • It’s safe for patients of all ages.
  • It doesn’t involve any prescription medication.
  • It supports the body’s natural healing process.

Candidates For Spinal Decompression

Patients who are recommended to undergo spinal decompression typically have pain from one of the following conditions:

  • Bulging or protruding disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal disc degeneration
  • Facet joint syndrome

Contraindications For Spinal Decompression

Although non-surgical spinal decompression is safe, comfortable, and drug-free, not everyone is a candidate for it. Contraindications for spinal decompression include:

  • PregnancyChiropractic care can benefit women during pregnancy by alleviating back pain, lessening pressure on the spinal discs, and helping to move the fetus into the proper position. However, non-surgical spinal decompression isn’t recommended during pregnancy – manual adjustments are a better option.
  • Metal implants in the spineMetal implants don’t behave the same way as natural spinal structures. So, spinal decompression isn’t recommended for patients with spinal implants.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysmWith an abdominal aortic aneurysm, patients are advised to avoid activities and treatments that can place added pressure on the aneurysm, including spinal decompression.
  • Spinal fracturesTo heal a spinal fracture, patients need to avoid twisting, bending, and lifting motions so that the damaged vertebra can heal. Stretching the spine through spinal decompression can also exacerbate this injury.
  • Metastatic cancerMetastatic cancer is a form of cancer that has spread to the bones. Patients with this condition need to avoid spinal decompression.
  • Infection in the spinal disc spaceThis rare condition, known as discitis, causes inflammation of the spinal discs that may be worsened by non-surgical spinal decompression.

To learn more about spinal decompression and how it could work for you, schedule an appointment at Wasserman Chiropractic today.