Understanding Spinal Decompression


What is Spinal Decompression?

This FDA approved technology relieves pain by enlarging the space between the discs. The negative pressure of decompression releases pressure that builds on the disc and nerves allowing the herniated and bulging disc to eventually go back to its normal position. Decompression is the only treatment that is truly most effective for severe cases of herniation, degeneration, arthritis, stenosis and pressure on the nerve root.

According to a clinical study performed by the Orthopedic Technological Review in 2004, 86% of all nerve cases experienced spinal pain relief with disc decompression.

How it works?

Highly specialized computers modulate the application of distraction forces in order to achieve the ideal effect. The system applies a gentle, curved angle pull which yields far greater treatment results that a less comfortable, sharp angle pulls. Distraction must be offset by cycles of partial relaxation.

What Conditions can be Treated?

Candidates with one or more of these symptoms are ideal candidates for enrollment into our program and have the potential of achieving substantial outcomes in the treatment of their back pain:
1. Nerve Compression
2. Spinal Stenosis
3. Neck Pains
4. Herniated Discs
5. Injury of the Lumbar Nerve Root
6. Degenerative Discs
7. Lower Back Pain with or without Sciatica
8. Degenerative Joint Disease
9. Acute Lower Back Pain

How it is different then traction?

Physical therapists have used traction for hundreds of years. Decompression and traction principle remain the same but traditional traction is unable to produce clinically affective force comfortably to get the results. As technology advances we are able to apply clinically affective force more precisely.

Are all spinal decompression tables the same?

No, as spinal decompression gains popularity, more and more manufactures are producing different equipment, some costing thousands of dollars. Some tables are flat where the patient has to fit the table. The table we use is invented by physical therapists for physical therapists and is the ultimate authority in traction/ decompression systems. Our decompression table fits the patient. Our table is specially made for patients suffering from acute back pain that are unable to get on and off of a table and can only tolerate certain positions.

Is it covered by insurance?

The FDA and insurance companies do not distinguish between traction and decompression so it is billable as mechanical traction. But, decompression tables are very expensive so certain practices pass the cost to patients. Here at Synergy Therapeutic Group, when we bill to insurance companies we bear the extra cost.

How much does it cost?

Spinal decompression is not a treatment by itself. Patients are billed according to their specific condition and the modalities used to treat them. Patients who do not have insurance and are paying out of pocket will receive a flat fee per service. Low monthly financing is also available through CareCredit.

Does it work for everyone?

Decompression is a very small part of our spinal program. At Synergy Therapeutic Group we treat the patient as whole. Certain patients who have sacroiliac joint pain or pain due to other sources, including certain sciatica, have to be treated accordingly and do not respond to spinal decompression. Muscles play a big role in musculoskeletal health. Spinal health without balanced muscle strength can render spinal decompression ineffective. Identifying the real problem using the best technology available and patient education and compliance are crucial in achieving overall success of a spinal program or any other musculoskeletal pain program!

No technology or techniques can replace the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. There are no magic potions. People get the most benefit from our programs when they control their risk factors such as diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, loosing weight, eating healthy and doing regular exercise. We promote healthy lifestyles and we empower our patients to lead them!

When I first came into the office in August of 2008 I was in very much pain in my lower back. The pain was on the left/right side and the pain was so bad that when I would try to stand up, there was a level of 10 plus pain. After about 3 visits the pain was much less and down to about a 3 or 4. There is no pain now and I can do just about anything I want to do with no problems.                                                              

                                                                                                  (Larry, Carterville,IL)

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