Clinical studies have shown that decompression of the intervertebral discs actually decreases intradiscal pressure. And by decreasing pressure inside the discs, Spinal Decompression Therapy allows 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 reverse degeneration and allow healing to take place.
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 the disc. Hundreds of back pain sufferers in Seattle are treated by our Seattle chiropractors every year. We strive to heal all who walk through our doors suffering from back pain in Seattle and King County.
The typical decompression patient does not lose time from work. 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
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.
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