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Spinal Decompression FAQs
If you suffer from chronic back pain or other symptoms stemming from a herniated or bulging vertebral disc, you may be worried about the prospect of surgery to relieve the condition. What you may not realize, however, is that many patients can get the same relief without undergoing surgery at all -- thanks to a procedure called non-surgical spinal decompression. Here are some frequently asked questions about this procedure, which we offer among our variety of wellness and pain management services here at the Beverly Hills Comprehensive Medical Group, in Beverly Hills, CA.
What causes the compression in the first place? A great number of circumstances can cause the gelatinous discs between your vertebrae to drift out of their normal position or configuration. In many cases, age alone is cause enough, as the discs dehydrate over the years and flatten out, causing compression and pain. A sudden jolt such as auto accident impact or sports injury may dislodge the disc from its usual position inside the spinal column so that one portion of it pushes against nearby nerve roots. Lumbar compression causes the back, buttock, and leg symptoms commonly referred to as sciatica, while cervical compression may cause headaches, dizziness, and neck, arm or hand pain.
Why choose non-surgical decompression? Traditionally, damaged or bulging discs were treated through surgical procedures that removed the protruding part of the disc and/or fuse the two adjacent vertebrae to prevent motion in that joint. But surgery is a kind of injury itself, requiring you to spend time away from work recovering and possibly taking pain medication. It can also be prohibitively expensive. Non-surgical decompression occurs in several easy, relatively affordable outpatient treatments that don't interfere with your daily life.
How does non-surgical decompression work? The application of gentle distraction (pulling) force to the spinal column creates vacuum or negative pressure inside the space between discs. This draws the disc back into position while also drawing oxygen and other nutrients into the disc for speedier healing.
What is a treatment like? All you have to do is lie down on our special motorized table. Our Beverly Hills chiropractor operates the table, which is programmed to apply tiny but precise amounts of distraction force to your spine as you relax on the table. The sensation is not unpleasant -- in fact, many our patients find the relief from pressure and pain quite enjoyable. You'll need multiple sessions to ensure that the disc has had enough time to heal itself properly.
Now that you know more about what spinal decompression is, what it treats, and what to expect from this form of treatment, the next step is to find out whether you're a prime candidate for it. Contact Beverly Hills Comprehensive Medical Group to schedule an initial consultation and evaluation with our Beverly Hills chiropractor. We can help take the pressure off -- literally -- so you can enjoy a healthier, more comfortable life.