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Who Is a Good Candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Good Candidate for Spinal Decompression TherapyBack pain is a common health problem, affecting more than 80% of Americans at some of point in their lives. Its symptoms are recurrent and usually become more severe with each successive episode.The condition commonly affects people who lead a sedentary life and those engaged in manual labor. A herniated disc, sciatica, disc protrusion, foramenal stenosis, and spondylosis are common causes for back pain. Previously, surgery was the only option to address these conditions. Today, there are noninvasive options such as spinal decompression therapy in Brooklyn, to treat back pain. Spinal decompression therapy is an FDA-approved traction-based treatment that eases pain by relieving pressure on the spinal nerves. However, not everyone is a good candidate for this nonsurgical therapy.

What is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Therapy?

In spinal decompression, the spine is stretched and relaxed intermittently in a controlled manner. The patient lies on a computer-operated table which is operated by the physician. The spine is stretched and relaxed alternatively in a controlled way. The procedure creates a powerful vacuum force within the spinal discs using negative pressure to pull the contents of the disc back inside. This vacuum also encourages blood flow to the area, which promotes the passage of healing nutrients into the disc. This FDA-approved therapy is comfortable and painless, and has no side effects. Performed in an office-based setting, each treatment session usually lasts 20 to 25 minutes.

Potential Candidates for Spinal Decompression Treatment

Patients who are considered good candidates for spinal decompression therapy include those who suffer from

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica caused by a herniated or bulging disc
  • Degenerated disc disease
  • Facet syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis

However, although the spinal decompression therapy may be an effective non-invasive treatment for back pain, not every patient who presents with one of the above-listed conditions is a good candidate. Contraindications for spinal decompression include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Those with broken vertebrae in the back
  • Those who have had spinal fusion
  • Those with pain from a failed back surgery
  • Those with an artificial disc or implant in their spine
  • Those who have had multiple surgeries without proper recovery or improvement in pain

People with the following conditions are also not good candidates for the therapy:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumor or infection
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Osteoporosis or osteopenia
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Any condition that may comprise the structure of the spine
  • Requires a patient to take blood thinners

In general, any patient who experiences pain during the spinal decompression procedure or after the procedure is likely not a good candidate for this type of therapy (www.spine-health.com). Decompression therapy will be discontinued if existing neck and arm pain symptoms get worse.

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Professional Brooklyn based multispecialty healthcare centers offer comprehensive treatment plans that feature spinal decompression therapy along with pain management modalities such as myofascial release, electrical therapy, heat and ice application, soft tissue massage, and physical therapy. A team of healthcare professionals will work to provide customized pain management services to suit individual needs.

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