Spinal Decompression Therapy

One of the best ways to treat lasting back pain is through spinal decompression therapy. There are a few different options when considering spinal decompression therapy, and it is important that patients be familiar with both options before making a choice. At Horst Chiropractic, Dr. Nathen Horst offers both forms of spinal decompression therapy to help resolve back discomfort.

Non-Surgical Decompression

The first type of spinal decompression therapy is non-surgical decompression therapy. This type of therapy works by stretching the spine, and then moving the spine back into its proper position. This procedure takes pressure off of the spinal disks, which may relieve any discomfort the patient may have been experiencing. Not only will this procedure take the pressure off of the spinal disks, but it will also take pressure off of the nerves that the spine protects.

Non-surgical decompression is less invasive and works to help heal any of the following problems:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated disks
  • Injured spinal nerves and joints

Patients who undergo non-surgical decompression stay clothed throughout the entire procedure, while the doctor works on the area of concern with a computer-operated system. This procedure lasts for 30 to 45 minutes and requires multiple treatments over a one to one-and-a-half month period.

While this procedure is a great way to relieve back pain, it is not recommended for every patient. Patients with any of the following conditions should speak to Dr. Horst about other options:

  • Pregnancy
  • Metal spinal implants
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fractures
  • Tumors

For more information about non-surgical decompression, contact the staff member at Horst Chiropractic.

Surgical Decompression Therapy

Another type of spinal decompression therapy is surgical decompression therapy. This procedure is much more invasive than non-surgical spinal decompression therapy and is usually only considered as a last option. Some instances in which this type of surgery is recommended is when a patient has been suffering from either bulging or ruptured discs. When the spinal discs are severely damaged, they may require surgery in order to treat the problems.

If a patient does require surgery, the surgeon will take measures to prepare the patient for surgery to help relieve any problems from pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. The surgeon will also recommend any other type of surgery that may be required, depending on the severity of the patient’s condition.

Dr. Horst is highly qualified and will recommend the most appropriate and conservative procedure for each patient. When possible, less invasive treatments such as chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and massage are used to treat spinal problems.

Risks Involved

While spinal decompression therapy, non-surgical or surgical, will help relieve pain and discomfort associated with back problems, there are some potential risks to keep in mind. Some common risks include bleeding, blood clots, nerve damage, or infection.

If surgery is necessary, the team at Horst Chiropractic can help patients prepare for surgery and plan for risks. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Horst Chiropractic today.

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