What is disc decompression? Simply put, disc decompression is a procedure that can be done either surgically or non-surgically that reduces the pressure on the discs within the spinal column. How do you know if you’re a candidate for disc decompression? And how exactly does it help alleviate pain?

Disc decompression works by separating the discs, bones, and joints in the spine which reduces the pressure on the nerves and can eliminate pain.

There are many forms of disc decompression and they each offer various benefits and relief. These treatments include:

  • Decompression surgery
  • Non-surgical spinal decompression
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Percutaneous discectomy
  • At home exercises and stretches

Depending on your specific condition and symptoms, you may be a candidate for any one of these disc decompression treatments. Often back pain is caused by a natural compression of the discs in the spine as a normal byproduct of aging. This pain can range from a nuisance to a debilitating condition.

Chiropractic adjustments in particular are used frequently to help with pain. This procedure is performed by a licensed chiropractor and gradually lengthens and decompresses the spine. This decompression causes space within the spinal discs, allowing these spaces to rehydrate and act as a better cushion within the spine. These procedures can focus on the lower or upper part of the spine.

Disc decompression itself is not a one size fits all treatment. The first priority is to discuss your options with your pain specialist to determine which of these treatments, if any, will help alleviate your pain. Based on their treatment plans, tension and compression can be released from your spinal nerves and you can begin to enjoy a higher quality of life with less pain.

If you believe you may be a candidate for disc decompression, talk with your pain specialist about your options. They can help you determine the best solution for you and walk you through the treatment process.

How do you see disc decompression fitting into your pain treatment plan? 

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