Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression


Spinal Decompression therapy is extremely safe, highly effective, FDA-Cleared, and very affordable. If you want to avoid surgery, then this form of spinal traction may make all the difference!

Rocky Mountain Spine & Disc has State-of-the-Art spinal decompression therapy tables, which have allowed many patients to avoid surgery and relieve pain with Spinal Decompression Therapy in Ft. Collins, Loveland, and Windsor.

Research has shown that over 85% of patients have great results with this special type of spinal traction. Patients are often able to return to work, play with their kids again, avoid surgery, and ENJOY LIFE AGAIN!

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The Basics Of Spinal Decompression Treatment

Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical traction based treatment that can effectively treat back, neck, arm, and leg pain. Both Neck Decompression and Lumbar Decompression work extremely well for treating herniated or bulging discs in the neck and lower back along with degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, facet arthritis, failed back surgery syndrome, sciatica, and radiating nerve symptoms.

The FDA cleared spinal decompression therapy for use in 1996. It has been proven extremely safe, affordable, and a revolutionary option for patients in pain, who have tried other therapies or even already had surgery recommended.

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How Does Spinal Decompression Treatment Work?

The treatment is traction-based, with gradual application and release of traction forces designed to “trick” the para-spinal muscles so they do not guard or spasm. This creates a negative pressure on the spine, which then allows increased blood flow bringing along substantial oxygen and nutrients. This allows the protruded or herniated disc to be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, which permits healing to occur.

What Conditions Benefit From Lumbar And/Or Cervical Spinal Decompression?

  • Herniated Discs Neck & Back
  • Bulging Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Failed Surgery
  • Sciatica
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Arthritis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Facet Syndrome

Is Spinal Decompression Therapy Painful?

For the vast majority of patients, treatment is completely painless both for cervical decompression and lumbar decompression. With our state of the art Kennedy Spinal Decompression table, patients are able to relax during treatments and a considerable amount of patients actually fall asleep during the sessions.

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How Many Sessions Are Needed?

Every patient is different and has a treatment plan tailored specifically to his or her condition. In general, treatment typically ranges from one to three months and may include anywhere from 10-24 visits, more frequently in the beginning and tapering off as your spine begins to stabilize. Usually you will be in the office for about 30 minutes or less. To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures sometimes are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat), chiropractic adjustments (when indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.

Are There Clinical Trials That Document The Effectiveness Of Spinal Decompression Therapy?

There are quite a few actually. In a study published in the Journal of Neuro-Imaging in 1998, Eyerman found in 20 patients that utilization of spinal decompression therapy resulted in disc herniation reduction and disc re-hydration in over half of the patients. This study was for lumbar decompression, not cervical decompression.

A study in the American Journal of Pain Management by Shealy et al in 1997 showed that 86% of ruptured intervertebral disc patients achieved good to excellent results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved substantially and of the facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained good to excellent results with spinal decompression.

One of the most well known studies on decompression therapy was published in the Orthopedic Technology Review in 2003 by Gionis et al. Out of 219 patients, 86% who completed treatment reported immediate resolution of their symptoms, while 84% remained pain free 90 days post-treatment. Physical examination findings showed improvement in 92% of the patients and remained intact in 89% of the patients 90 days after treatment

Are There Conditions Where Spinal Decompression Therapy Is Not Indicated?

Decompression Treatment is not recommended for pregnant women, people with severe osteoporosis, or post spinal surgery with hardware. Spinal fusion surgery without instrumentation is okay as well as spinal surgery without a fusion.

Patients who are pregnant still benefit from other treatments at our clinic Ft. Collins, including chiropractic treatment, PT, rehab, delicate spinal manipulation (such as with an Activator),or Massage Therapy.

Do Patients Also Receive Physical Therapy And Rehab Exercises?

Typically, yes. To reduce inflammation and to assist in the spinal healing process, physical therapy along with rehab is usually added to strengthen the paraspinal musculature. Also passive therapies like ice (cryotherapy), heat, and chiropractic adjustments (as indicated) are added to the mix as well.

How Much Does It Cost And Does Insurance Cover It?

Again, there is a broad range depending on what your condition requires. Generally a total might come to between $1500-$5000, which is very reasonable considering the cost and potential adverse outcomes associated with spine surgery. We offer a wide range of flexible payment plans to fit your budget, and we accept flex pay as well as all major credit cards.

We will be happy to verify your insurance and file it for you. Insurance coverage varies greatly (as you probably already know), but most will pay for at least a portion of your overall treatment. We have many patients who get treatment here even when we are out of network with their specific insurance, because they want the benefit of experience and what many patients call “the nicest chiropractic clinic in town”, both in terms of the physical appearance of the office and the friendliness and caring of all of the staff.

The Bottom Line

Spinal decompression therapy has saved many people from spinal surgery. According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, surgery is no more effective than non-invasive treatments, including chiropractic care, for patients with lumbar disc herniation causing radicular symptoms. Spinal decompression (neck decompression and low back decompression) is extremely safe, FDA cleared, affordable, and very effective for many conditions such as back, neck, arm, and leg pain.

Rocky Mountain Spine & Disc has achieved tremendous patient satisfaction with spinal decompression therapy.

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