Spinal Decompression

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is FDA cleared and has a high success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs... even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction based therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.

How does this negative pressure affect an injured disc?

During spinal decompression therapy, a negative pressure is created within the disc. Because of that negative pressure, disc material that has protruded or herniated can be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc and permit healing to occur.

How is Spinal Decompression Therapy different from regular traction?

The award winning Triton® computer is the key. It controls the variations in the traction pull allowing for spinal decompression and eliminating muscle gaurding that is typical in conventional traction devices. The preprogrammed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction allows higher levels of spinal decompression and disc rehydration.

Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Anyone who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatic or radiculopathy (pinched nerve).

Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression therapy?

Yes! One study documents by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniation in 10 of 14 cases and other studies reported that a majority of ruptured disc patients achieved "good" to "excellent" results after spinal decompression therapy.

Review the studies on Spinal Decompression Therapy.

Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not indicated?

Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage.

Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or "cages") is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery can be preformed.

Do most patients receive therapy & rehabilitative exercises in addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy?

To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice, heat, muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (as indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.

How do I get started?

We want to make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Just contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Magdovitz.