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Spinal Decompression Therapy

September 29, 2014

If you’re suffering from a herniated disc and other treatments have not yielded sufficient benefit, you should find out if you might be a candidate for spinal decompression therapy

 

Spinal decompression is an FDA cleared non-surgical, traction based treatment for herniated or bulging discs in the neck and lower back. Anyone who has back, neck, arm or leg pain caused by a degenerated or damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. Specific conditions we treat in this office include herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, facet syndromes, spondylosis, and even failed spinal surgery. Many patients, even some with MRI-documented disc herniations, have achieved “good” to “excellent” results after spinal decompression therapy. We have also used the decompression unit with some good results on knee, hip, and wrists.

 

Proper patient assessment by Dr. Saadeh, correct positioning, and the use of an advanced computerized traction head on the table are the keys to this therapy’s effectiveness. The pre-programmed patterns of distraction and relaxation eliminate muscle guarding and permit decompression to occur at the disc level. This creates a negative pressure within the disc, allowing the protruded or herniated portion to be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc.  It also allows for hydration and an influx of nutrients to the damaged area.

 

Patients typically describe the treatment as a gentle, painless, intermittent pulling sensation. The treatment itself last approximately 15 minutes and does need to be repeated for a specific period of time to achieve the desired healing.  Please ask Dr. Saadeh about it during your next visit.

 

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