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Are you wondering how you can keep living with the extreme pain in your back? If you’re suffering from pain caused by disc problems, your medical physician may have recommended back surgery. There are certainly certain situations where surgery may be necessary, such as severe bone, disc, and nerve destruction. However, the majority of people suffering from back pain and/or sciatica never actually need surgery. Your doctor of chiropractic can discuss back surgery alternatives with you to see if you can benefit from other forms of treatment.

You may wonder why discs in the spine cause such pain? First, you need to understand what a disc is and what it does for you. There are intervertebral discs with a tough outer ring and a soft gel-like center that separate each vertebra. They act like little shock absorbers, cushioning the bones so they don’t rub against each other as you move. The spine receives its curve, flexibility, and strength from health discs.

Are you suffering from back and neck pain? One of the most common and effective chiropractic treatments used to alleviate pain caused by spinal conditions is known as non-surgical spine decompression therapy. While some back and neck pain may require surgery in extreme cases, most patients would prefer treatment that does not require invasive surgery.

If you are considering the various types of spine decompression treatments, two big considerations for most people is the cost and the time involved. A study conducted by the UCLA School of Public Health comparing insurance claims with chiropractic coverage versus non-coverage. The study concluded that patients with chiropractic coverage had a 12% lower annual medical care cost and lower back-pain episode-related costs. These patients also required fewer x-rays, scans, surgery, and hospitalization. The study further showed that insurance members with coverage were less likely to have other life-threatening medical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, and nutritional disorders.

Spinal decompression treatment is approved by the Federal Drug Administration to help relieve pain caused by a bulging or herniated disc, narrowing of the spinal column or stenosis of the spine, sciatica or radiculopathy, as well as pain in the back, legs, neck, and arm. Spine decompression is a minimally invasive treatment that may help patients avoid medication, injections, spinal surgery, and anesthesia.

So what are the side effects of spinal decompression? Most patients do not experience any side effects. It is totally safe and comfortable. Spinal decompression has even helped patients after failed back surgery. However, if the patient has suffered severe nerve damage, spinal decompression therapy may not be a viable option. Thus, it is important to undergo a physical exam, MRI, or X-rays to determine if spinal decompression treatments are correct for you.

Traction vs. Spine Decompression?

If you go to bed with back pain, and also wake up with back pain, you should find a doctor of chiropractic who can offer you relief from your pain. Chiropractic care is a form of low back pain treatments that are non-invasive, safe, and effective. One major issue for those who suffer from back pain is how to know what is the best position to sleep with lower back pain.

Many people have found that they have a hard time sleeping because of their pain, while those people who have sleep problems are more likely to develop pain. There are several explanations as to why sleep deprivation causes pain to develop:

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