Is Spinal Decompression Worth the Cost?

Spinal decompression therapy is used to treat conditions that stem from damage to the intervertebral discs, including herniated discsbulging discs, and sciatica. The treatment uses traction to relieve pressure on the affected disc, allowing the disc to regain its normal shape while being exposed to an elevated level of oxygen and other nutrients. If necessary, it can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as physical therapy, chiropractic adjustment, or deep tissue massage.

Conventional Treatments

Patients often find that spinal decompression therapy is well-priced as compared to conventional medical treatments for disc problems, especially when the downtime and side effects associated with those treatments are taken into account.

With the exception of surgery, conventional treatments seek to reduce inflammation and/or the amount of weight borne by the disc. Options include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), prescription painkillers, and epidural steroid injections. Each of these comes with a number of potential side effects, while only masking the underlying problem.

Surgical treatment for disc problems is very invasive, with the recovery time lasting as long as several months. During this time, patients must take a variety of medications, including antibiotics and prescription painkillers, as well as attend physical therapy. Surgical treatment removes disc tissue. While this usually alleviates symptoms, it can also weaken the spine, requiring further interventions such as spinal fusion. In addition to extensive downtime, back surgery has a wide range of potential side effects, including:

  • Continuing pain

  • Bleeding and blood clots

  • Infection

  • Any side effects associated with the anesthesia or medications used

Conventional treatments can become very expensive, especially when several forms of treatment are used. In addition, most patients who undergo surgery lose several weeks of wages.

Spinal Decompression 

Unlike other non-surgical treatments, spinal decompression therapy seeks to actually restore the affected disc to its normal shape and functionality. After the course of treatment is completed, most patients find that their symptoms are permanently resolved; however, patients who do experience flare-ups in the future can schedule follow-up sessions. For most patients, 15-20 sessions over the course of several weeks are necessary to alleviate symptoms. 

The treatments cost less than or on par with many conventional treatments, and, a growing number of insurance providers are providing coverage for chiropractic treatment. However, the value of spinal decompression is much higher: it treats the root cause of symptoms while causing no discomfort or side effects andrequiring no downtime.

SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers has spinal decompression tables for treatment of back pain and injury, and this therapy can allow for up to a 70% chance of resumption of normal lifestyles and functioning.  The team of chiropractors at SouthEast will complete a thorough assessment of your current condition and causes of pain. Then, a course of action will be implemented, but the process has to begin with that first appointment.  

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