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Q: What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
A: Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical, non-chiropractic therapy to relieve back pain and other problems associated with spinal disc injuries. Bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, sciatica, and arm pain or leg pain can often be attributed to your spine asserting pressure on your discs. Poor posture, bad body mechanics, repetitive stress and acute injury can cause your vertebrae to compress your discs or to slip out of alignment which then applies pressure to your discs.
Compressed discs lead to two major problems: a bulge or herniation pressing on a nerve; and brittleness of the disc. The problem is often perpetuated because the compressed disc restricts the flow of nutrients to itself which is needed to heal.
Traditional corrective treatments include surgery or chiropractic adjustments. Spinal Decompression Therapy is an alternative FDA cleared treatment option that has shown very good results.
Spinal Decompression Treatment is non-invasive and provides gentle decompression of the disc through the use of a decompression table. You are strapped to the table so that as it moves it applies a distraction force to the targeted area of the spine (the compressed disc). A computer controls the distraction force which is applied in between periods of relaxation. This gently pulls the spine apart elongating it and creating a small vacuum between the vertebrae which pulls the disc back into shape.
Much like a repetitive stress injury the decompression works in very minute increments. But over time that adds up and lets the disc reshape itself, heal and get the proper flow of nutrients going to fight off brittleness and future injuries.
Q: Will Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression help a slipped disc?
A: A "bulging" or "herniated" disc is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a "slipped" disc. Studies demonstrate that Spinal Decompression Therapy succeeds at treating bulging or herniated discs in as safe and effective manner. This of course varies depending on the complexity of the injury and other factors. Many times patients are able to avoid more costly and invasive procedures.
Q: How much does the therapy cost?
A: That depends on many factors, as there are many variations of disc injury and severity. The great news is that it can be very affordable, and members of the Association are dedicated to making this safe, breakthrough therapy available to all patients, providing stress-free payment plans. This enables patients to receive the care they desperately need even if they are on fixed incomes and/or Medicare.
Q: Will my insurance cover it?
A: There are many insurance plans, all with different benefits. Some plans cover the costs of associated procedures. We will certainly be glad to help you verify all of your insurance benefits when you come into the office for a consultation.
Q: Are there any reasons that I can't go on this type of therapy?
A: The doctor has to determine if you are a candidate as there are certain conditions for which this therapy would be contraindicated The doctors perform a screening process and only then accept the cases they think this therapy can help the most.
Certain people are not candidates for spinal decompression therapy and usually have conditions such as:
•Abdominal Aortic Aneurism
•Metal Implants/Screws/Plates in spine
•Certain conditions (diseases) that compromise the structural integrity of the spine and discs. These conditions are present in only a small percentage of the population.
Q: How long does the treatment last?
A: Generally speaking the therapy lasts about 45 minutes per session, with most cases lasting 8 weeks in duration.