One of the most common causes of dysfunction that Dr. Jack A. Atzmon evaluates and treats at his Riverdale, NJ clinic, NJ Back Chiropractic Center, is spinal disc herniation.
Spinal Decompression Q & A
What Is Decompression therapy and how does it work?
Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical treatment option that involves gently stretching the spine to alleviate pressure on the discs, nerves, and surrounding structures. During the treatment, the patient lies on a specialized table that uses motorized traction to create a negative pressure within the spinal discs. This negative pressure helps to draw bulging or herniated discs back into their proper position and stimulates the flow of oxygen, nutrients, and fluids to the affected area, promoting healing and pain relief.
What Conditions can spinal decompression therapy treat?
Spinal decompression therapy is primarily used to treat conditions that cause chronic back pain, including herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, sciatica, and facet joint syndrome. It can also be helpful for people with neck pain or other spinal problems, such as pinched nerves, muscle spasms, and spinal arthritis. However, not all patients are good candidates for spinal decompression therapy, and a consultation with a chiropractor or other healthcare provider is necessary to determine if the treatment is appropriate for your specific condition.
Is Spinal Decompression therapy safe, and what can I expect during treatment?
Spinal decompression therapy is considered safe and has few risks or side effects. However, some people may experience mild discomfort during the treatment or soreness afterwards, especially in the first few sessions. Most patients report feeling relaxed and comfortable during the treatment, which typically lasts between 20-45 minutes. The number of sessions required will depend on the severity and duration of your condition, but most people need between 20-30 sessions to achieve optimal results. Your chiropractor will monitor your progress throughout the treatment and make any necessary adjustments to ensure you are getting the best possible care.