The answer to the above question can vary depending on the type of spinal decompression you are seeking. Spinal decompression treatment has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration but there are several different types to consider. Many physicians have a tendency to use invasive surgery as the “go-to” remedy to relieve pain caused by a bulging or herniated disc. Along with surgery and anesthesia, injections and pain medication are used to relieve the symptoms of pain instead of the real cause of that pain.
However, the good news is that there is an alternative spinal decompression treatment to consider. Doctors of chiropractic offer a non-invasive form of spinal decompression treatment for patients who have back or neck pain because of damaged discs, including herniated and bulging discs, narrowing of the spinal column or stenosis of the spine, and sciatica.
You may be wondering just how does spinal decompression work? Simply put, the spine is relaxed as it is manipulated through specific positions. The herniated disc is put under "negative pressure," pulling the disc material back inside through a vacuum effect. The decrease in pressure inside the discs actually stimulates the blood supply and promotes healing.
Are there risks associated with spinal decompression treatment? There are some conditions in which spinal decompression treatment should be avoided, including:
- Pregnant women.
- Patients with severe osteoporosis or degeneration of the spine.
- Patients who screw, rods, or metal plates are implanted in the spine.
- Patients who suffer from severe nerve damage.
Our doctors at McKim Chiropractic offer patients the DRS Protocol™, a non-surgical spinal decompression therapy that relieves back pain associated with spinal and disc problems. Before prescribing a course of treatment, each patient is given a thorough examination, which includes a physical exam, x-rays, and possibly an MRI, to determine whether they are a candidate for the DRS Protocol™ Therapy.
Call McKim Chiropractic for more information about spinal decompression treatment and to schedule an appointment with a trained and licensed chiropractor. Our certified staff is committed to helping the residents of Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID, enjoy life again!