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Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is a set of procedures that help to relieve nerve roots and/or spinal cord compression symptoms. You can get either surgical spinal compression or nonsurgical decompression. 

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What Are the Causes of Spinal Compression?

There are various causes of spinal compression. The various factors will narrow the spinal nerve openings and the spinal canal. include:

  • Loosened ligaments
  • Thick joints
  • Bony growths 
  • Collapsed or bulging disks

What Symptoms Does Spinal Decompression Address?

The symptoms of spinal compression range from mild to severe. Mild or moderate spinal compression can cause symptoms like:

  • Back, sciatica, or neck, pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Worn spinal joints
  • Diseased or injured spinal nerve roots
  • Herniated or bulging disks

On the other hand, severe spinal compression can cause problems with your bowel function, bladder, and even paralysis. 

What Are Some of the Approaches of Surgical Compression?

  • Discectomy: It is a procedure that relieves pressure on your nerves by removing a portion of the disk.
  • Laminectomy or Laminotomy: It is a procedure that increases the size of your spinal canal by removing the entire or a section of the bony arch. 
  • Osteophyte Removal: It is a procedure that removes bony growths. 
  • Foraminotomy: The procedure seeks to expand nerve root openings by removing a bone and another tissue. 
  • Corpectomy: It is a procedure that seeks to remove the disks and body of a vertebra. 

What Are the Risks of Surgical Spinal Compression?

There are various risks associated with surgical spinal decompression. They include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Tissue or nerve damage
  • Anesthetic allergic reactions

What Are Some Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Options?

There are various other alternatives to surgical decompression. Nonsurgical decompression usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes per session. The number of sessions depends on your treatment needs but could last for about 5 to 7 weeks. You can get them from medical professionals like doctors, and chiropractors. Non-Surgical spinal decompression options include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Chiropractic
  • Acupuncture
  • Limited rest
  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Electrical stimulation

Who Should Avoid Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression?

Non-surgical decompression is not ideal for everyone. You should not get nonsurgical spinal decompression services if you have:

  • A pregnancy
  • Tumor
  • Advanced osteoporosis
  • Spinal metal implants
  • Fracture
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm  

Do You Need Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression for Back Pain?

You can get nonsurgical spinal decompression services from a chiropractor at Corrective Chiropractic in London, ON. We offer various chiropractic services and techniques to help with conditions like back pain, sciatica, and neck pain. Our team led by Dr. Sean also offers contacts to local organic food and home care treatment and recovery instructions.  

Contact us now at (519)474-6808 to make an inquiry or appointment about spinal decompression therapy and other services.  

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