Sciatica—that feeling of pain, numbness or tingling you may be experiencing in your buttocks and down one or both legs—is often due to the sciatic nerve being irritated. What we refer to as the sciatic nerve is actually several nerve roots from the lower spine that have joined together. It then connects to many other nerves that branch out throughout the lower extremities and into the ankle and foot.
Why Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal Decompression Cost Savings Over Surgery
Before consenting to spinal decompression surgery, you should consider the risks as opposed to other non-invasive options. This surgery, as with any type, comes with several risks: bleeding, infections, blood clots, or an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. With spinal decompression surgery, sometimes the bones will not fuse as they should, or the hardware will fracture. The additional stress on the adjacent segments of spine can cause degeneration of those segments, leading to more pain. Patients also run the risk of experiencing nerve and/or spinal cord damage from the surgery itself. Often the main source of the pain a person is experiencing is due to a herniated disc. If the nerve damage from the herniation is permanent, the disc will be unresponsive to spinal decompression surgery, leaving the patient with the same pain he/she had before the surgery. Before you agree to surgery, be sure you have checked out all your options.
Spinal Decompression Therapy may be right for you if you fall into any of the following categories:
- You daily activities are limited due to upper of lower back pain
- You have had injections or epidurals with little or no relief
- You are dependent on medications to relieve back pain
- You have tried other options that have not solved your pain issues.
- You have been out of work due to the pain
- You are uncomfortable with the choice of surgery
- You have a herniated or bulging disc, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, facet syndrome, or spinal stenosis
- You are post-surgical and still having issues with back pain
Damaged spinal discs rarely heal on their own. The discs are under constant pressure from the weight of the body—and this is what contributed to the problem in the first place. Treatment with non-surgical spinal decompression therapy creates a negative pressure that brings healing nutrients to the site and relieves the nerve pressure that is causing the pain. With repeated treatments, tears in the disc wall will heal so that the disc herniation is repaired, as opposed to other treatments which only bring a temporary relief of symptoms. Non-surgical spinal decompression is safe and painless. Studies show that approximately 72% of patients report good/excellent relief of their pain when the follow through a full course of therapy.
Spinal Decompression Exercises and Therapies
To assist the healing process and to help reduce inflammation, spinal decompression will be combined with therapies and exercises. Passive therapies such as ice/heat, electrical stimulation, and chiropractic adjustments as necessary will be included. A program of spinal decompression exercises is also beneficial. These may include stretching, core strengthening, or weight loss.
Spinal Decompression at Home
Many people have tried a “do-it-yourself” approach with spinal decompression at home.
These tools, such as an inversion table or yoga, are helpful in that they provide lengthening of the spine. They are, however, only a static lengthening. There is no facilitated, progressive metabolic exchange with these tools. A spinal decompression table is designed to provide dynamic lengthening. The table is programmed to supply a rhythmic lengthening and resting. Over a period of visits, as the disc tissue is able to handle a changed program, a progressive increase in force will be applied. All of this is done under careful doctor supervision. The dynamic movement of the spine increases normal circulation and gets rid of debris and waste products that have accumulated.
Spinal Decompression Cost
Our most important concern is that we can help you. Once we have determined if this treatment is right for you, we will give you a detailed treatment plan and the cost of the spinal decompression and let you know what may be covered by insurance. Spinal decompression therapy is not typically covered by insurance; however the accompanying therapies such as electrical stimulation and chiropractic adjustments are covered by most insurance policies.
Are you interested in learning about spinal decompression? Do you live in Greenville, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn, or the surrounding Upstate area? If you would like to learn about the benefits of spinal decompression or spinal decompression cost please contact us at (864) 963-9304