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Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression chiropractic clinic

Over 20 years of treating back pain in Seattle

Belltown Spine & Wellness has been successfully treating back pain in Seattle since 1994. Spinal Decompression Therapy is considered breakthrough treatment. It is a non-invasive and non-surgical approach to treating pain in the neck and lower back. Clinical studies have shown that decompression of the intervertebral discs actually decreases intradiscal pressure allowing healing fluids, nutrients and oxygen to flow back into the discs. This reduction in pressure enables bulging or herniated discs to retract, and it often relieves pressure on the nerve roots. Re-introducing nutrients into the disc can stop degeneration and allow healing to take place.

This therapy is not aimed at symptoms as is the case in other treatments

Decompression is highly effective in the management of degenerated and bulging discs, particularly when other treatments have failed. This therapy is not aimed at symptoms as is the case in other treatments. Rather, it offers a natural and lasting healing of spinal pain. Research also shows that on a pain scale of 1-10 (10 being intense) patients frequently report less than 2 after four weeks of treatment.”

A Critical Approach to Conventional Treatment Options

Alternativee medical treatment clinic Seattle

There are many treatment options for back pain

Some work, some do not. One commonly prescribed treatment for low back pain is bed rest. However, this treatment continues to exert pressure on the discs and grossly slows or prevents the healing process. Other treatment options include:

1.  Medications: Some drugs lead to prolonged use and they tend to cover up the underlying problem with a wide variety of damaging side effects.
2.  Chiropractic / Physical Therapy: These approaches are effective up to a point, but their effectiveness begins to diminish as the degree of disc damage and degeneration increases.
3.  Epidural injections: These are invasive and any results, in most cases, are only temporary, lasting from a few days to a few months.
4.  Surgery: According to the 2002 Johns Hopkins White Paper on Low Back Pain and Osteoporosis by John P. Kostulk, M.D. and Simeon Margolis, M.D., PhD., surgery “is not the treatment of choice for most people with back pain.” The report goes on to say “fewer than 5% of people with back pain are good candidates for surgery.” “Surgery ought to be used when all other measures have been explored and if it appears that there is a strong probability that it will improve the condition.”

Although there have been advancements in spinal surgery, outcomes can be unpredictable. Failed-back surgery/post-operative pain syndrome is a troubling reality from surgical intervention. Less than 1 out of 4 disc surgeries are successful after 5 years, and there is increased risk that additional surgery will be needed (17-20%). Other risks that also need to be considered include the side effects from anesthesia, infection, bleeding, nerve disruption and instability of the spinal column.

The bottom line is that Spinal Decompression Therapy is a safe and effective approach to disc healing and back pain relief that you may want to try before considering drugs or surgery. Our Seattle back pain experts are there with you through every step of your recovery.

(206) 441-7984

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Dr. Scott Mindel D.C., of Belltown Spine and Wellness in Seattle, Washington, is a certified Quantum Neurologist who uses the cold laser, in conjunction with an adjusting instrument, to stimulate weakened nerves by tapping gently along the spine or on the brainstem...

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