Frequently Asked Questions
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical, comfortable therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.
The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site.
There are a number of spinal decompression machines presently used in the United States. After significant research, Precision Pain Management Center has chosen to use the Triton DTS machine manufactured by Chattanooga, Inc., the premier manufacturer of physical therapy equipment in the world.
Who can benefit?
Spinal decompression therapy is designed to unload the spinal disc. Any back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves).
Spinal decompression therapy is usually not recommended for pregnant women, or patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage. However, every patient is evaluated on an individual basis.
Each session includes decompression therapy and spinal stabilization exercises and takes about 30 minutes. Spinal decompression is usually performed for 24 sessions.
Over 80% of patients have significant pain relief.
It is covered by most medical insurance.
If the Doctor feels your case may be helped by decompression therapy a physical assessment and appropriate diagnostic testing will be performed. For those patients without medical insurance we offer financial hardship payment plans.
I have had spinal surgery, but continue to have pain. Can I try Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy can help people with back pain after failed spinal surgery. It can be performed in most patients who have not been left with an unstable spine after surgery. You must wait six months after your last surgery.
How do I start?
Simply call our offices and tell the receptionist that you are interested in decompression therapy.
An initial consultation can usually be scheduled within 48 hours.