Living with persistent back pain can make everyday tasks seem impossible. Simply going to work or doing household chores can cause extreme pain. Instead of turning to medications that can cause long-lasting damage to your health, you should consider the benefits of spinal decompression.
People living with back pain can choose between surgical and nonsurgical spinal decompression. At McGowan Medical Centers, we believe it makes sense for most of our patients to try nonsurgical spinal decompression first because surgery can require significant downtime and lead to complications.
Before you decide whether spinal decompression is right for you, it’s important to learn how the treatment helps remedy back pain.
Dr. McGowan uses a spinal decompression machine to lessen your lower back pain. Our spinal decompression machine uses traction to apply force to specific parts of your spine. The force separates the discs in your spine slightly to increase blood flow to the area.
Increasing blood flow provides more nutrients to damaged discs, pinched nerves and other problems where you feel pain. By improving blood flow and nutrition, we can help your body heal itself.
You don’t have to worry about the spinal decompression machine causing more back pain. It applies pressure gently to get positive results without discomfort. You also get several periods to relax. During these periods, we stop applying tension to your spine so you can take a break.
More often than not, it takes more than one round of spinal decompression to give you long-lasting results. Dr. McGowan will have a better idea of how many treatments you need after diagnosing your condition and learning more about your medical history. Some people find relief quickly. Others may need about 28 treatments before they feel fully healed.
Treatments on our spinal decompression machine usually last 30-45 minutes. We stay with you the whole time to make sure you stay comfortable. If you ever feel uneasy, we can reduce the amount of pressure. Most patients, however, find the treatments interesting and comfortable.
Over time, your spine will begin to heal itself. After a few treatments, you may notice that your lower back doesn’t feel as stiff as it used to. As you continue with the decompression treatments, you should notice even more results.
Depending on your condition, Dr. McGowan may want to combine spinal decompression with other treatments. For instance, he may apply heat to your back to loosen muscles before you get on the machine.
Ultrasound, electrical stimulation and cold therapy can also improve the effectiveness of spinal decompression for some people.
We’ve seen terrific results from spinal decompression, but it isn’t the perfect treatment for every type of back pain.
Dr. McGowan typically wants to try spinal decompression on patients who have back pain caused by degenerative disc disease and sciatica, a condition that causes pain, weakness and tingling. Other conditions that respond well to the treatment include injured spinal nerve roots, worn spinal joints, bulging discs and herniated discs.
Dealing with back pain doesn’t necessarily mean you have to take drugs or go under the knife. Our medical team has years of experience working with patients who have back pain. Spinal decompression has helped many of them return to pain-free lives.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of spinal decompression treatments, feel free to contact us for more information. We can also schedule you a consultation with Dr. McGowan to get a diagnosis that helps choose the right treatment plan for you.