For some years now, spinal decompression has been an important part of my practise, and while it is a remarkably effective treatment for the vast majority of patients suffering from herniated and/or degenerated spinal disc symptoms, it is not a suitable treatment for every patient with back pain. Unfortunately, in cases where it may not be required or indicated, the financial investment involved in providing spinal decompression services sometimes appears to influence doctors to recommend it. No treatment is 100 percent effective, but the outcomes can be far from ideal when doctors are not as discriminating as they should be in what patients they accept. The possibility that some patients may even get worse with this form of treatment when physicians prescribe it inappropriately for financial reasons is even more worrying. Checkout Spinal Decompression Los Angeles for more info.
The advanced form of spinal traction used in the treatment of disc-related back pain and related conditions, such as sciatica, is spinal decompression. The primary difference between true spinal decompression and traction (and inversion) machines is that machines for spinal decompression are set up to “trick” the spinal muscles into remaining relaxed during treatment, allowing for greater changes in disc pressure than with regular traction, which must combat muscle resistance.
I can attest to the fact that true decompression systems provide dramatically better outcomes overall as someone who previously used regular traction with my patients. For many people, treatment with spinal decompression provides excellent results, but some do not get any improvement at all, and others may even feel worse. I will try to explain the most common reasons for these treatment failures and give suggestions on how to know when you are and are not likely to be helped by spinal decompression.
The best patients for this type of treatment are those who have one or more bulging or herniated spinal discs and/or mild to moderate disc degeneration, judging from my experience. Those patients who have had disc surgery previously still make good candidates for spinal decompression, provided that they do not have any specific problems that would exclude them, such as spinal metal implants, spinal instability, and/or some form of healing impairment at the surgery site. After going through the recommended spinal decompression treatment protocol, the large majority of patients who qualify under these criteria will typically get excellent results and be able to resume their daily activities without any major pain.
Toluca Lake Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression Clinic – Dr. Thomas E. Harvey D.C.
10730 Riverside Dr, Suite A, Toluca Lake, CA 91602