Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression

What is Spinal Decompression?

For those who have continuous back pain or other issues with their back, the toll it can take on your mind and body can be unbearable. Spinal decompression ("SD") is an option for those who experience significant back pain. There is both nonsurgical and surgical SD surgery. Below you will find information on both types and which one may be right for you.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a type of treatment option that can relieve back pain. It is a type of motorized traction that works gently by stretching your spine out. This can take the pressure off of your spinal discs. Spinal discs are the gel-like cushions that protect your bones from grinding together. The treatment takes the pressure off of your nerves and other parts of your spine, including allowing bulging discs to go back into place. This stretching and movement in your spine can allow for things to readjust. It can also allow the water, oxygen, and fluids in your spine to move around. This activation can help promote healing in your spine and reduce your back pain.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression?

If you experience back persistent pain, this treatment may be right for you. Below you will find some common issues that this treatment can help improve.

  • Back or neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging discs
  • Spinal nerve roots that are injured or diseased
  • Worn spinal joints

If you have any of the mentioned issues, this treatment may be right for you. However, this treatment is not for everyone. Contact our office for a consultation, and we can help determine if this is the right option for you. Below are some factors that indicate you may not benefit from this treatment. However, it's essential to contact our office for a consultation before counting this treatment option out.

  • Tumors on your back
  • Fractures in your back, neck, or spine
  • Metal implants on the spine
  • Advanced osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy

How is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Performed?

Dr. Yashar will fit you with a harness around your pelvis and another around your trunk area. You will either lie face down or face up (fully clothed) on a computer-controlled table. The doctor will operate the computer-controlled table specific to your unique needs. The procedure will last around 30 to 45 minutes. Most often, patients will need between twenty to thirty treatments over a one to two month time span. Also, the Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression surgery, you may need to get additional treatments. These will depend on your specific needs, and Dr. Yashar will discuss them with you at the consultation.

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What is Surgical Spinal Decompression?

Surgical Spinal Decompression is a type of treatment option that can also relieve certain kinds of back pain. However, it is vital to note that this is more of a last resort. Dr. Yashar prefers to focus on conservative treatments as they are less invasive, have faster recovery times, and don't require that the patient undergo surgery without first trying other options. The surgery can help alleviate pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness caused by your back pain.

Who is a Good Candidate for Surgical SD?

If you experience back unbearable pain, this treatment may be right for you. Below you will find some common issues that this treatment can help improve.

  • Unbearable back or neck pain
  • Bulging or ruptured discs
  • Bony growths on the spine
  • Spinal issues that cannot be treated without surgery

If you have any of the mentioned issues, this treatment may be right for you. Contact our office for a consultation, and Dr. Yashar can discuss treatment options with you.

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How is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Performed?

Dr. Yashar will find the right treatment option for you, which will be discussed at the consultation. Several different methods can be used for this type of pain to relieve the pressure in your spine. Below you will find some of the potential procedures that may be used. These may also be used in conjunction with spinal fusion to stabilize your spine.

  • Discectomy: A part of the disk that is causing problems in your back is removed to relieve pressure on your nerves.
  • Laminotomy: A part of the bone in your spine is removed to increase the size of the spinal canal and relieve pressure on your nerves.
  • Foraminotomy: A part of the bone in your spine and other tissue is removed to increase the size of nerve root openings.
  • Osteophyte Removal: Bone growths on your spine are removed.
  • Corpectomy: A part of your vertebral body and disks in your spine are removed,

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