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What is Spinal Decompression?

Published on August 18th, 2014

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What is spinal decompression? 

Spinal decompression is a revolutionary new technology that treats spinal disc injuries. It uses motorized traction to gently stretch the spine, changing the position of the spine and taking pressure off spinal discs, thus, relieving back pain.

Why would I need spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is recommended if you have back pain, neck pain, or sciatica (pain or tingling that extends down the leg). Acute injury, poor posture, and repetitive stress can cause your vertebrae to compress your discs or slip out of alignment.  A compressed disc can lead to major problems–a bulge pressing on a nerve and/or a brittle disc due to the restricted flow of nutrients.

How is it treated?

Spinal decompression can be done surgically or non-surgically. Surgery isn’t common but can be done through a microdisectomy (minimally invasive) or a laminectomy. More common is the non-surgical, non-invasive treatment. Through the use of a decompression table, your discs will gently be decompressed. You will be strapped to a moving specialty table that applies a distraction force to the targeted area of the spine. Your spine is gently pulled and your discs are slowly pulled back into shape. It will take several sessions to actually reshape and heal the disc.

Where can I get this done?

Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centers offers spinal decompression services at all of our Chicagoland locations. Contact us for any questions or to schedule your next appointment.

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