Tons of individuals deal with back problems each year, and for many, the source is a herniated spinal disc. If you're one of those people, you may be wondering if spinal decompression is a treatment possibility for you. This post will talk about what spinal decompression is, how it works, and the benefits it can provide for individuals with disc herniations.
Spinal decompression is a technique that helps ease pressure on your spinal nerves caused by aging or injury. This technique helps lessen strain and tension on your spinal discs, which can help ease back discomfort and other symptoms associated with disc herniations.
Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine, which creates space between the spinal discs and eases the pressure on them. This can help ease discomfort, inflammation, and other symptoms caused by a herniated spinal disc.
Most patients with a herniated spinal disc are great 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 many benefits to spinal decompression and some of the most routine include:
If you're experiencing back pain due to a herniated spinal disc, spinal decompression may be the option for you. You should talk to us to see if this is an option for you. We will perform a physical exam and ask about your medical history to see if spinal decompression is right for you. They may also order imaging tests such as an MRI or CT scan to get a better idea of what's causing your back issues.
Before undergoing spinal decompression, there are a few things you can do to get ready. 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 restrict your movement.
During spinal decompression, you'll lie on a table that will be slowly moved in and out of position. The treatment usually lasts around 30 minutes. You may feel some discomfort during the procedure, but it should not be painful. Afterward, you may experience some soreness or stiffness in your back, but this should pass in just a few days.
If you are interested in a better chance of recovering from chronic back issues because of herniated disc, give Dr. Holland a call today at (314) 588-9100 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Holland is here to answer any questions about non-surgical spinal decompression and how it might help you recover from back pain in Downtown St. Louis, MO