Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression for Treatment of Lower Back Pain

Back pain has been a debilitating condition for years. It stands to be one of the most common reasons for missed work and is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. With the aggressive rise in opioid abuse and unnecessary back surgeries, the population is beginning to want better and less invasive options.

 A few interesting facts about back pain.

 What Causes Back Pain?

 The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, bending to get laundry from the dryer— can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain.

 How to treat back pain?

 No matter if you choose an allopathic or holistic approach to treating your back pain, make sure the physician performs a thorough examination and discusses the results and diagnosis with you. After your appointment, you should have a clear understanding of what is causing the pain, what complicating factors might exists, and what the plan of action is.

 For acute injuries sustained to the spine that require surgical intervention. This is true for only about 5% of back pain patients. The remaining 95% of back pain patients find complete to near complete resolution of pain from physical therapy, chiropractic care and diet and exercise.

 Back Surgery

 8 out 10 people experience back pain at some point in their lifetime and 9 out of those 10 are never diagnosed with properly, and therefore never treated appropriately. Back surgeries can fail for a devastatingly simple reason, the most common being the operation was not the right treatment because the patient was never properly diagnosed or never the source of pain was never pinpointed.

This unrecognized problem has escalated so far that medical errors currently rank as the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States Unnecessary surgeries remains a daunting reality that continues to expose our patients to an unjustified surgical risk. For example, multiple clinical trials have shown that spinal fusions for back pain do not lead to improved long-term patient outcomes when compared to non-operative treatment modalities, including physical therapy, chiropractic and diet and core strengthening exercises. In spite of these insights from high-quality trials, spinal fusion rates continue to dramatically increase in the United States even though the best success rate for spinal fusions is only 25 percent!

According to one review, more than 17 percent of patients told they needed spinal surgery actually showed no abnormal neurological or radiographic findings that would require surgery.

Non-Surgical Options

Where physical therapy and chiropractic alone may not completely resolve the lower back pain, a more aggressive yet still non-invasion approach can be non-surgical spinel decompression therapy.

Decompression therapy is a non-invasive, surgical alternative to treating lower back pain. These treatments are performed to decompress, reduce and stabilize pain in the lower back caused by irritation of the lumbar discs, facet joints and surrounding tissues. Patients receive relief from vertebral disc pain from a combination of spinal decompression, chiropractic adjustments and other healing therapies. Non-surgical spinal decompression is an option for patients who have pain or other symptoms because of a compressed spine. Some of the issues that may respond to non-surgical spinal decompression include:

Non-surgical spinal decompression may be effective for other types of back issues as well.

How does it work?

Non-surgical spinal decompression works by dropping the pressure in the spine from a positive pressure to a negative pressure, much like a suction cup. A negative pressure in the spine promotes the intake of nutrients, oxygen, and water into the vertebral disc area, which promotes healing in the degenerated disc.

This treatment protocol also promotes the retraction of any herniated discs in the back, which can reduce inflammation and pain, and it increases blood flow to the injured area. Studies have shown that this treatment can effectively relieve pain and increase mobility in the spine.

Is non-surgical spinal decompression better than surgery?

During surgical spinal decompression, a surgeon typically removes a portion of the disc that’s pressing on nerves in the spine. In most cases, this surgery is used as a last resort when other treatments haven’t been effective.

Spinal decompression surgery puts the patient at risks of developing complications, including bad reactions to anesthesia, damage to nerves or other tissue, infection, blood clots, and excessive bleeding. Also, an astounding 74% of back surgeries that include fusing two or more vertebrae are unsuccessful.

Non-surgical spinal decompression doesn’t pose these risks to patients. It is non-invasive, and patients don’t need to worry about bleeding or other complications. Studies have shown that this treatment is 83% effective for relieving pain and improving the stability

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Circle City Chiropractic

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