Spinal decompression is a medical procedure used to relieve back pain. When back pain is caused by compression or pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots, spinal decompression may be an effective method of stretching the spine and taking the pressure off the nerves or spinal cord. There are two types of spinal decompression: non-surgical and surgical.
Non-surgical spinal decompression uses motorized traction to stretch the spine gently. It takes the pressure off the spinal disks so that herniated or bulging disks can retract. Consequently, the pressure is taken off the nerve roots and other parts of the spine.
Doctors use this procedure to treat:
Spinal decompression surgery is used to relieve symptoms caused by excessive pressure on the spinal cord. It can treat irritation and other symptoms caused by the narrowing of spinal nerve openings or the spinal canal due to loosened ligaments, bony growths, bulging or herniated discs and thickened joints.
Orthopedic surgeons use various types of surgical decompression strategies, including:
In many cases, depending on the condition of the spine, more than one surgical technique may be used to stabilize the spine.
You may need to stay in the hospital for up to five days and will receive pain-relieving medication. After, you will need to participate in physical therapy. Rehabilitation may take several weeks.
In over 80 percent of patients, surgery to relieve pressure on nerve roots produces a successful outcome. It is important to note that surgery may not be able to stop the wear and tear of the vertebrae due to aging.
To enjoy long lasting relief from back pain, call NJ Spine and Wellness at (877) 333-NJSW to book an appointment with our team of doctors, chiropractors and therapists. We have three convenient locations in Matawan, Old Bridge and Freehold. We will help you diagnose the cause of your back pain and develop a personalized treatment plan.