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A Noninvasive Way to Stop Back Pain

Back pain can be linked to any condition, but regardless of the cause, it’s easy to see how disruptive it can be if you’re forced to deal with it daily. You may not be able to participate in some of your favorite activities, and you’ll find that your overall mood starts to suffer. If you want to escape back pain while avoiding invasive surgery, call our office today; Dr. Rozenberg can alleviate the pain connected to various back problems through non-surgical spinal decompression in our Culver City, CA office.

What is Spinal Decompression?

Many forms of back pain are connected to compression of the discs and nerves in your spine. When they’re under excessive pressure, they can suffer from various forms of discomfort. Spinal decompression simply involves gently stretching the spine to take some pressure off the affected discs and nerves.

How Does It Work?

You’ll be fitted with a special harness around your pelvis and trunk. Once the equipment is in place, you’ll be asked to lie down on a special table controlled by a computer. The lower half of the table can move while the upper part stays in a fixed position. Over the course of treatment, the lower part of the table will slide back and forth, thus intermittently stretching and relaxing your spine. The treatment may last about 30 to 45 minutes at a time, and you’ll need to return to our office multiple times over several weeks for additional appointments.

Benefits of Spinal Decompression

Decompressing the spine has several benefits. First, relieving some of the pressure on the spinal discs allows some of the fluid they contain to return to the center. This improves their ability to cushion the vertebrae and encourages bulging discs to return to their original shape. Generally speaking, spinal decompression aims to relieve pain and restore the back’s ability to function naturally; it also encourages the healing of areas that have already been damaged.

What Can Spinal Decompression Treat?

Spinal decompression is a noninvasive solution for numerous conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Worn spinal joints
  • Damaged spinal nerve root

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Recovery After Spinal Decompression

The first thing you’ll likely notice after treatment is that your pain is gone or significantly reduced. You may also feel more relaxed and have increased mobility. However, it’s important to not overdo it after treatment.

You may be tempted to return to your normal activity immediately, but it’s important to give your body time to recover. Below, we describe what the post-decompression recovery process will look like.

Immediately After Treatment

In the first 24 hours after treatment, you should avoid the following:

  • Putting strain on your back
  • Bending, twisting, or lifting
  • Strenuous activity or exercise
  • Sitting or standing for long periods

Aftercare Instructions

You can do a few things at home to speed up your recovery and avoid relapse.

  • Stay active: Exercise is important for a healthy back, but it’s important to avoid strain. Swimming and walking are good low-impact options.
  • Maintain good posture: Good posture helps remove the strain from your back and spine.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking can interfere with healing and increase your risk of relapse.
  • Manage your weight: Excess weight puts strain on your back.
  • Sleep on a firm mattress: A firm mattress supports your back and spine.

Recovery Timeline

Most people start to feel significant relief after the first few treatment sessions. However, the full effects of treatment may not be felt for a few weeks or even longer. The longer you’ve been dealing with pain, the longer it will take to find relief. After a few weeks of treatment, you should start to feel better and have more energy. You may also find that your pain only occurs occasionally instead of all the time. Sticking to your treatment plan is important, even if you feel better. Skipping treatment sessions can delay your full recovery.

Surgical Spinal Decompression vs. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

When looking for solutions to back pain, you may consider spinal decompression surgery and non-surgical spinal decompression. Both are meant to help treat compressed nerves in the lower spine to relieve back pain, but a non-surgical approach is very different from a surgical one. Before deciding which treatment to pursue, we encourage you to think carefully about their differences.

Recovery Time

After spinal decompression surgery, you’ll need some time to fully recover. On average, it can take around 4 to 6 weeks to reach normal levels of mobility. The exact timeline varies based on how healthy you are overall and your activity level during recovery. However, since non-surgical spinal decompression is a noninvasive treatment, there is no recovery time to worry about. After every session, you can simply return to your normal daily routine – no need to set aside several days to recover. Furthermore, with spinal decompression surgery, you might be told to undergo a physiotherapy course to prepare for the procedure, which can take additional time out of your schedule; this is not typically part of the non-surgical decompression process.

Effectiveness

As a solution for back pain, back surgeries can have a failure rate as low as 10% or as high as 74%. Many patients find that the pain has decreased by around 50%, but very few experience total relief, and in many cases, the pain worsens again after just a few years. Considering the risks involved and how much time is spent on the surgical process, such uncertain odds of success may not be worth it unless you have no other choice. Non-surgical spinal decompression provides an effective solution for back pain with much fewer risks.

Pain

As with any surgical procedure, there is soreness and discomfort associated with spinal decompression surgery. It can take up to 6 weeks to fade entirely, although the worst pain usually goes away after 4 weeks. With non-spinal decompression, there is no pain associated with the treatment itself, and there are few, if any, side effects. It may still take around 4 to 6 weeks to enjoy lasting relief, but you’re likely to see a reduction in pain sooner, and you can rest assured that the treatment won’t cause additional soreness.

Cost

As you can probably guess, non-surgical spinal decompression is generally less expensive than surgery, especially considering the time you’ll have to spend out of work. That said, you will have to take the benefits offered by your health insurance into account, as some procedures may or may not be covered under your plan. Our practice offers multiple payment plan options that can make spinal decompression more affordable, such as Care Credit, Cherry, and Lending USA. We also offer help with your insurance to maximize your benefits based on your treatment needs.

Understanding the Cost of Spinal Decompression

Before you commit to spinal decompression, you’ll want to get a firm grasp of the costs involved. After all, stopping your pain is important, but so is managing your budget. We’ll give you an estimate of how much you can expect to pay for the treatment before we start the process, and we’ll also take the time to explain what options are available to make it as affordable as possible.

What are the factors for the cost of spinal decompression?

First, it’s important to remember that spinal decompression usually requires multiple sessions to get the best results. Some patients will need more sessions than others, so the final cost will largely depend on how many times you need to come into our office. Additionally, it should be noted that the cost of decompression can be different depending on what practice you go to. This is because different practices have different spinal decompression machines, and the more expensive machines often have a higher per-session cost.

How Does Spinal Decompression Compare To Other Treatments?

When considering the cost of treating your back pain, you’ll probably compare spinal decompression to other treatments. Each treatment has a different price tag, but remember that the least expensive option isn’t always the most desirable.

Here is how spinal decompression stacks up next to other solutions for chronic pain:

  • Back Surgery: As you might expect, back surgery is typically more costly than spinal decompression, especially if you don’t have insurance. Furthermore, back surgery carries many risks and is often ineffective, so it may not be worth the cost.
  • Multiple Adjustments: Chiropractic adjustment costs are comparable to spinal decompression costs. However, if adjustments turn out to be ineffective, they can end up being a waste of time and money.
  • Painful Shots: Getting a shot tends to be more painful compared to spinal decompression, so keep that in mind when comparing the costs involved.
  • Pain Medication: Using medication to relieve your pain might seem like the less costly option at first, but it may not address the source of your discomfort, and it comes with the risk of causing an addiction that leads to bigger problems.

In short, spinal decompression is often a safer and more worthwhile investment when you have concerns about chronic pain.

Does Insurance Cover Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is indeed covered under most health insurance plans. This is not always the case, though, so before you call for an appointment, we recommend that you get in touch with your insurance carrier so that they can give you an outline of your benefits. If there’s anything you don’t understand about your coverage, our team is happy to help.

How can I make spinal decompression affordable?

In addition to accepting different kinds of health insurance, we also offer our patients a variety of monthly payment plans through financing companies like Cherry, Lending USA, and CareCredit. You can break up the cost of your treatment so that it doesn’t strain your budget. Our team can explain your options in more detail and walk you through the application process.

Spinal Decompression FAQs

Are you interested in learning more about spinal decompression and how we can use it to stop your back pain? Dr. Rozenberg is always happy to answer questions about chiropractic medicine. You ask her anything that is on your mind in person during your regular visits, and you can always call us if there’s a question you need answered right away. Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions from past patients.

How long will it take to see results after spinal decompression?

First, it needs to be emphasized that spinal decompression involves multiple sessions. The process of stretching and relaxing the spine needs to be repeated over several weeks to yield results. Many patients start to see a reduction in pain after the first few sessions, and a significant improvement is observed after two weeks. Usually, spinal decompression therapy is performed for about 4 to 6 weeks, with sessions becoming less frequent towards the end of the treatment. The exact timeline will vary based on the severity of your pain and your response to the therapy.

Am I a candidate for spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is recommended for treating specific kinds of persistent pain, such as that caused by bulging or herniated discs. Patients need to be at least 18 years old and have room in their schedules for multiple decompression sessions over the next several weeks. Certain conditions might disqualify you from spinal decompression therapy, such as severe osteoporosis, infection of the spine, and recent spinal fractures. Also, people with metallic hardware (e.g., surgical screws) in their spine may not benefit from the treatment. Before we move forward with any form of chiropractic treatment, we will consider your health and the cause of your pain before figuring out the best treatment.

Are there any risks associated with spinal decompression?

Not at all! Nonsurgical spinal decompression is considered to be a completely safe procedure for any patient that’s eligible for it. Our spinal decompression table is equipped with emergency stop switches as required by the FDA. If something unexpected happens during the treatment, we can stop it immediately. Be sure to let us know if you have any concerns; every step will be taken to keep you safe and comfortable during your visit.

What if I have already had spinal surgery?

If you had spinal surgery at some point, you might be concerned about whether spinal decompression is still viable in your case. Fortunately, in most cases, spinal surgery is not a disqualifying factor for the therapy. Indeed, many have undergone failed back surgery and subsequently found relief thanks to spinal decompression. Of course, if you haven’t had spinal surgery yet, it’s typically best to try spinal decompression and other noninvasive solutions first.

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