Several people struggle with back pain each year, and for many, the root is a herniated spinal disc. If you're one of those folks, you may be thinking if spinal decompression is a treatment option for you. This article will discuss what spinal decompression is, how it works, and the benefits it can provide for patients with disc herniations.
Spinal decompression is a technique that helps ease pressure on your spinal nerves caused by aging or injury. This method helps ease stress and tension on your spinal discs, which can help reduce back pain and other symptoms related to disc herniations.
Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine, which creates space between the spinal discs and decreases the pressure on them. This can help ease discomfort, inflammation, and other symptoms caused by a herniated spinal disc.
Most people with a herniated spinal disc are good candidates for non-surgical spinal decompression. However, there are some exceptions. If you have severe nerve compression, spinal instability, or another medical conditions that could be aggravated by spinal decompression, you may not be a good candidate for the procedure.
There are several benefits to spinal decompression and some of the most usual include:
If you're struggling with back pain due to a herniated spinal disc, spinal decompression may be the choice for you. You should talk to us to see if this is an option for you. We will do a physical exam and ask about your medical history to see if spinal decompression is right for you. They may also order imaging tests like an MRI or CT scan to get a better idea of what's causing your back pain.
Before undergoing spinal decompression, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself. First, make sure you tell your doctor about any medications or supplements you're taking, as some may interfere with the procedure. You'll also need to stop smoking at least 48 hours before treatment, as smoking can decline the healing process. Finally, make sure to wear comfortable clothing that doesn't hinder your movement.
During spinal decompression, you'll lie on a table that will be slowly moved in and out of position. The treatment typically lasts around 30 minutes. You may feel some discomfort during the procedure, but it should not be painful. Afterward, you may feel some soreness or stiffness in your back, but this should pass within a few days.
If you are interested in a better chance of getting relief from chronic back problems because of herniated disc, give Dr. Matthisen a call today at (907) 349-4212 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Matthisen is here to answer any questions about non-surgical spinal decompression and how it might help you get relief from back pain in Anchorage