Injury Medical Spinal Decompression
Injury Medical Spinal Decompression: Spinal decompression therapy/treatment can be surgical or non-surgical, with differences in the procedure, recovery time, and results. Individuals who experience compression-related problems can have severe and prolonged spinal conditions that can lead to various health issues. Individuals experiencing persistent or chronic neck, back, or leg pain should know the differences between surgical and non-surgical spinal decompression. Spinal decompression aims to relieve pressure on the discs and reduce stress on the nerves to eliminate the pain associated with compression on the spine, restoring optimal circulation and improving spinal function.
- It is invasive, must be performed by a surgeon, and can have a recovery time of up to 6 weeks.
- Surgery is usually suggested as a last resort after alternative therapies have not succeeded or when the compression is so severe that surgery is the only option.
- Surgical spinal decompression is directed towards removal to reduce pressure instead of adjusting or stretching the discs.
- In cases of severe nerve compression, surgery can be an effective option.
- Risks include infection, damage to the spinal cord, and blood clots.
Types of Spinal Decompression Surgery
Types of surgeries; spinal fusion could be necessary to stabilize the spine. Common types of back surgery:
- This procedure removes a portion of the disc to relieve pressure on nerves.
- The procedure removes a small portion of the bone or a section of the bony arch to increase the size of the spinal canal and relieve pressure.
- The procedure removes the entire bony arch or lamina to increase the size of the spinal canal and relieve pressure.
- This procedure removes bone and other tissue to widen the openings for the nerve roots to pass through.
- The procedure involves removing bony growths.
- The procedure removes a vertebral body along with discs.
Injury Medical Spinal Decompression
Surgery for a damaged/injured spine is not always necessary. Treatment regimes vary depending on each individual’s medical condition. Non-surgical motorized spinal decompression is a non-invasive back treatment that uses a mechanized decompression table to slowly and gently stretch the spine. The therapy gradually relieves the pressure on the compressed nerve root/s resulting in reduced or complete alleviation of pain.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treats
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Injured, damaged, or diseased nerve roots
- Damaged discs
- Deteriorated discs
- Bulging or Herniated discs
- Facet Joint Syndrome
- Sessions only take 30-45 minutes
- Feel immediate results
An Injury Medical Spinal Decompression program incorporates:
Injury Medical Spinal Decompression Sessions
- Decompression treatment sessions last about 30-45 minutes for 4-6 weeks.
- The sessions are conducted in the chiropractor’s office.
Post Decompression Treatment
- This is necessary to ensure that the injured areas are fully relaxed and conditioned for chiropractic manual adjustments.
- Massage therapy
- Percussive massage
- Cold laser
- Heat and/or ice
- These treatments facilitate blood and nerve circulation.
- Chiropractic adjustments enhance decompression by fine-tuning mechanical and structural misalignments.
Supplements and essential vitamins:
- Support, repair, and restore the discs
- Decrease inflammation
- Increase healing
Core Strengthening/Postural Rehabilitation
- Core exercises are recommended to strengthen the muscles and soft tissues.
- Posture exercises
Oxygen, water, and nutrients circulate abundantly, promoting healing as the discs re-hydrate, and are re-nourished, improving and enhancing spine function. Individuals can enjoy increased levels of mobility, strength in the spine and muscles, and more flexibility.
Chronic Neck or Back Pain
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