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Spine decompression therapy has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration for chiropractors to use to relieve pain caused by a bulging or herniated disc, as well as pain in the back, legs, neck, and arm. Spine decompression therapy is considered less invasive than spinal surgery, anesthesia, or injections.

Even though spine decompression therapy is minimally invasive, there is still some risk involved. This is why your chiropractor will first give a physical exam, x-ray, and possibly an MRI, to determine if spine decompression therapy is right for you.

Do you have lasting back pain that makes it hard to keep up with your daily activities? If you are finding it hard to think of little else except finding relief from your pain, nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy might be the solution you are looking for. To decide if spine decompression therapy is right for you, it is helpful to understand just exactly how it works.

A chiropractic doctor uses nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy to gently stretch the spine (with the use of a computer-controlled table customized for your specific needs) to change the force and position of the spine. This takes the pressure off the spinal disks (gel-like cushions between the bones in the spine) by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in the spine. This, in turn, helps water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids to flow into the disks, promoting natural healing.

Each treatment may last 30 to 45 minutes and may require several appointments spanning five to seven weeks.  To enhance the effectiveness, other types of treatment may be used in conjunction with spinal decompression, such as:

Back pain that won’t go away is the most common type of chronic pain in the United States. If you’re living with severe pain, surgery may seem like the quickest and easiest way to relieve your pain. However, given enough time, many types of back pain will go away without surgery. Research shows that chiropractic care and spinal decompression therapy, along with other forms of alternative treatments, such as massage, electrical stimulus, and exercise, can ease many types of back pain as well as keep it from returning.

Generally, depending upon your unique situation, surgery may only be recommended by your physician if you have something major going on in your back. Be sure to understand exactly what the surgery entails and the end goal. If back surgery really is necessary, don’t put it off as your problem may only worsen.

So when is back surgery necessary? Some reasons for surgery may include:

Are you tired of living with pain, fearful that it will never go away? Are you wondering if there is a way that you can relieve lower back pain fast so you can get back to living your life? Chiropractic therapy may be the answer you are looking for.  The goal of chiropractic care is to prevent your pain from turning into a chronic condition so that you can perform your daily activities without pain.

In addition to receiving low back pain treatments at your chiropractic office, the tips listed below can help you avoid painful injuries—and a visit to a back surgeon.

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