Many of our patients that suffer from constant and persistent back pain would go to great lengths to relieve themselves, even temporarily, from the discomfort that they experience. Dr. Knecht believes that every patient should have the option to live their lives without restricting pain that can be caused by issues in the spinal column. That is why we are happy to offer spinal decompression therapy for our patients.
Two types of spinal decompression therapy may be of interest to you. The first is non-surgical, and the second includes a surgical approach. The nonsurgical approach utilizes motorized traction to help stretch the spinal column and reduce the pressure that is causing your pain. Many patients will feel an immediate sense of relief as their spinal column is gently stretched. However, they are often surprised when the procedure has been completed that they still feel better. The long-lasting effects of this approach are due to the ability of this treatment to not only immediately reduce the pressure, but shift and align the entire spinal column.
For many patients, the pain caused by spinal compression is not simply because gravity is pushing the spinal column together, but because improper alignment can increase that pressure. Also, as the spinal column stretches, it reduces the pressure placed on the disks that are located between the vertebrae. These disks may have a bulge or be herniated that causes them to impinge on the nerves within your spinal column. The decompression process can help to reduce or eliminate that pressure, and subsequently, your discomfort.
The nonsurgical approach is often used to treat: sciatica (weakness or tingling that travels down the leg), back and neck pain, herniated disks, degenerative disk disease, diseased spinal nerve roots, and worn spinal joints (or posterior facet syndrome).
Surgical spinal decompression is another form of treatment but is often used only as a last resort option. Surgical decompression is used to treat bulging or ruptured disks, bony growth, or other issues related to the spinal cord. If you think that your condition is so severe that you are considering surgery, contact Knecht Chiropractic today to get an evaluation in order to better understand your condition.
If you are have decided that decompression therapy is right for you, then you will come into our office for your treatment. Our staff will take you back to your treatment area. You will remain fully clothed but have two harnesses placed around your body, one around the hips and pelvis, and the other around your trunk. You then lay down on the table and are attached to a computer-controlled table. Dr. Knecht will then control the computer and specifically tailor the treatment to your situation.
The treatment lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. Most patients will complete somewhere between 20-28 treatments in 5 to 7 weeks. In addition to the decompression therapy, your treatment plan may also include electrical stimulation (an electrical current that is used to stimulate targeted muscles), Ultrasound (which uses sound waves to create heat targeting specific areas), or hot and cold therapies. These approaches can all help to promote good blood flow to the area and reduce swelling in your joints leading to an increase in your comfort.
If you are struggling from back or neck pain and it is affecting your quality of life, contact Dr. Knecht today to schedule a consultation. Our experienced staff can help identify the causes of your issues and lay out a treatment plan that is right for you.