Two years ago, John was involved in a car accident that resulted in two herniated discs. John experiences severe lower back pain and sciatic pain down both legs. John previously worked as an electrician but is now unable to withstand the pain of physical work. John’s wife has returned to work to help with the bills, but his family has grown frustrated with John’s inability to assist with household chores and participate in family activities. John’s doctor has recommended surgery, but John is considering spinal decompression therapy as an alternative to more invasive options.
Spinal Decompression in Sandy, UT
Expensive back pain treatments can also become a financial drain. Recommended treatment varies and may include everything from chiropractic care and physical therapy to injections and acupuncture. As a last resort, doctors frequently recommend expensive and invasive surgical procedures. Before undergoing surgery, individuals suffering from prolonged back pain should consider spinal decompression therapy. Dr. Andersen is pleased to offer spinal decompression treatment as a safe and non-invasive alternative that costs only a fraction of the price of lumbar surgery.
Spinal decompression has been approved by the FDA as an effective non-surgical treatment for lower back pain caused by lumbar disc herniations, degenerative discs, spinal nerve pressure, spinal stenosis and facet arthopathy. Such conditions are caused by compressions of spinal discs. Spinal decompression removes pressure from the discs of the spine, increasing flexibility and mobility and releasing pressure from inflamed nerve roots.
Spinal decompression combines chiropractic expertise with state of the art technology. During treatment, the patient lies on a specially-designed compression table, and straps are placed on the neck or back. A computerized system gently separates and releases the bones of the back in cycles called distraction and relaxation. By adjusting the height and angle of the decompression table, Dr. Andersen can localize the force to a specific area of the spine. Spinal decompression is typically painless and can actually be relaxing for patients.
Each day, your spinal discs lose fluid as a result of the effects of gravity and muscle activity that compresses the spine. Discs with low fluid pressure do not retain proper nutrients and are unable to self-repair and heal. Spinal decompression works by creating spaces between the vertebrae, releasing tension and inflammation and helping herniated discs to absorb the nutrients required for healing. By creating space, decompression reduces pressure and pain and relieves weakness and immobility. Some patients feel immediate relief after one session of spinal decompression therapy, while others require several visits before the benefits are realized.
Spinal decompression should only be one tool in a comprehensive plan to treat your back pain. Dr. Andersen combines spinal decompression treatments with chiropractic manipulation, ice, heat, massage and ultrasound therapy to assist in the healing process. Dr. Andersen also provides his patients with a continuing education, strengthening and home maintenance program. Following treatment, it is important that you remain consistent with stabilization and flexibility exercises designed to minimize the stresses on the discs.
Spinal decompression is ideal for pain management and for increasing flexibility in the spine. It is a less costly and less risky alternative to surgery that generally requires less downtime. If you are experiencing prolonged back pain that is negatively impacting your work and relationships, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Andersen to discuss whether spinal decompression is right for you.