3 Ways Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Benefits Patients
In his latest post, Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews spinal decompression, particularly non-surgical spinal decompression; what it is, the conditions that it could treat, and the various ways it benefits patients. For clarity, spinal decompression is first briefly discussed below.
What is spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression is a form of therapy that aims to release pressure from the spinal disks and at the same time, promote the flow of water, oxygen and disk fluids (which are rich in nutrients) back into the disks for healing and rehydration.
One of the primary causes of chronic pain on the lower back is the loss of fluid in the disks. Spinal disks are located between your spinal bones. These disks are protected by fluid, which, when you look at them, make them appear like gel cushions between your spinal bones.
The more fluids lost, the thinner the disks become, and the more rickety your spine becomes as well. The most common culprit for loss of spinal disk fluid is sitting for long periods, as the pressure put on the disks increases or becomes heavier the longer you sit. A bad sitting posture makes matters worse.
There are two general types of spinal decompression: surgical and non-surgical, and what most doctors, therapist, and spine and disc specialists recommend is for patients to exhaust all non-surgical means first before going the surgical route. In other words, surgery should be the patient’s last option. It is for this reason that Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews chronic pain conditions and treatments; to give patients non-invasive alternatives to surgical treatments.
Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews three ways that non-invasive spinal decompression benefits patients.
1. Noticeable decrease in pain after the first session
Non-surgical spinal decompression slowly and gently stretches the spine with the aid of a harness around the pelvis, another on the torso, and a computer-manipulated table also known as decompression table. The procedure allows the fluids to flow back into the disks, and which in turn helps take some of the pressure off.
Sessions generally last between 20 and 30 minutes. Depending on your condition, you may be required to undergo approximately 30 sessions over a period of six or seven weeks.
2. Safer alternative to surgery
Since the therapy doesn’t require knives or needles, and you won’t need any form of medication before, during, or after treatment, non-surgical spinal decompression is the safer—and painless—alternative to surgical spinal decompression. In fact, some patients find the entire procedure so relaxing that they feel somewhat disappointed when the session is over.
3. Easier on the pocket
Again, since this is a non-surgical procedure, it is considerably cheaper but cheaper here doesn’t mean less effective either. With surgical spinal decompression, there’s still a chance that the treatment won’t work or will have very little effect; with non-surgical spinal decompression, you may get better results at a more affordable price, too.
As Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews and and delves deeper into the benefits of spinal decompression, the reader can look forward to more helpful details and information in future posts.