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NON-SURGICAL SPINAL DECOMPRESSION

Non-invasive treatment for the management of patients with chronic neck, back, arm and leg pain from pinched nerves, or a bulging, degenerating or herniated disc. Spinal Decompression Therapy involves stretching the spine using traction or a motorized device to relieve pressure on the disc and allow retraction or repositioning.

This decompression also allows nutrients into the disc to promote healing.

What is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression?

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is the latest non-surgical procedure to treat chronic back pain. Widely used in Europe and recently approved in North America and Singapore, the treatment helps induce negative pressure in the vertebral joints, thereby creating space and relieving pressure from the nerves. Considered safe, and unlike surgery, the treatment does not entail the use of anesthesia, needles or joint manipulations.

Who can undergo Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression treatment?

Unlike surgery, this treatment can be a first line of help for individuals with chronic back pain. The treatment is ideal for individuals who, 1) have Undergone surgery and continue to have back pain 2) persistent pain after 4-6 weeks of other supportive care methods 3) Lower back or leg pain that is caused by herniated discs, bulging disc, osteoarthritis or trauma.

What Conditions can be treated by Spinal Decompression

Besides chronic back pain, it has been used to treat sciatica, facet joint syndrome, herniated discs, degenerated discs from arthritis, and pain resulting from failed back surgery.

Are there any studies required prior to the treatment?

Yes. An X-ray, MRI or a CT scan is required. Prior to treatment, our physician will review the CT scan or MRI results to determine where the pathology is and the severity of it.

Is Non-surgical Spinal Decompression painful?

Not at all. Patients can comfortably lie flat on their back, on a special bed, without feeling the slightest bit of pain. Perhaps the only discomfort is the pulling forces along the spine.

Is there anyone who should not undergo Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression?

Yes, here are some individuals who may not be suitable candidates for this treatment.

Individuals who are pregnant or breast feeding;

Individuals in recent trauma with a resultant spinal fracture – it is advisable to wait at least 6-9 months before undergoing this treatment;

Individuals with failed back surgery and retained surgical rods and nails. Treatment sessions can lead to further loosening of metal hardware;

Individuals who have osteoporosis are generally not candidates for this therapy. However, someone recently diagnosed with osteoporosis and still has good bone density may be a candidate;

Individuals who have cancer of the spine, or metastases from other cancers to the spine;

Individuals who have an infection of the spine or vertebrae;

Individuals with conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, cauda equina syndrome, severe scoliosis, lordoisis or kyphosis.

How does Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression treatment work?

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is an outpatient treatment that will require 15-23 sessions for optimal results. Your physician will determine the number of treatments necessary based on your condition and examine how you fare with each session. Lasting about 30-60 minutes, treatments are comfortable and free from undue pain.

What does Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression do exactly?

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is not a traction treatment. It generates negative pressure between the discs and decompresses the joint. This vacuum effect essentially relieves pressure on the nerves and eases the pain.

Are there any other benefits of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression?

Yes, studies show that most people who have undergone this treatment benefitted from improved posture and flexibility. It is also believed that it can help realign back muscles and restore normal anatomy of the joints.

How should I dress?

As you will be expected to lie down on an adjustment table. It is advisable that you wear comfortable or loose-fitting clothing during treatment sessions.

What are the side effects or complications of this therapy?

There are no major side effects or complications. However, the most common complaint is that of muscle spasms which are transient in nature.

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