Surgery can be avoided in many cases, with Safe & Effective Spinal Decompression!
Spinal decompression therapy can be used for pain relief associated with bulging or herniated discs and in many cases natural healing of the tissue. It is a non-surgical, FDA-cleared, drug-free procedure for alleviating back and neck pain. Before you commit to surgery to correct your condition, you should consider the far less expensive and less painful alternative. Spinal decompression brings almost immediate relief to our patients.
If you need any additional information, please call our office at (912) 466-9945 and ask to talk to the doctor, or to set up a free consultation. Dr. Trek Smith will talk to you personally in order to help you make the right decision.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is spinal decompression therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical traction based treatment outcome for herniated or bulging discs in the neck and lower back. Anyone who has back, neck, arm or leg pain may be helped by spinal decompression therapy.
2. How many sessions will be needed, what is cost, and are the treatments painful?
The number of sessions needed and your specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination. Based on current research, the best results have been achieved utilizing 7-20 sessions over a 6 to 8 week period.
In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session.
3. What kind of spinal decompression system is used, and is the doctor certified in spinal decompression therapy?
After a significant amount of research, our office chose what we believe to be the most sophisticated, technologically advanced, state-of-the-art decompression system in the world, the Kennedy Decompression Table. We also selected this decompression system due to its ability to treat discs in both the neck and the low back.
In regard to clinical skills, Dr. Smith completed the Kennedy Decompression Technique course work and passed the qualifying examination to achieve the status of "Certified Practitioner" in spinal decompression therapy.
4. What makes spinal decompression therapy so effective?
Doctor skill combined with the table and computerized traction head are the keys.
Proper assessment, correct positioning and the use of preprogrammed patterns of distraction and relaxation may reduce disc pressure allowing necessary nutrients to enliven and accelerate disc healing.
5. Who can benefit from spinal decompression therapy?
Anyone who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or even failed surgery.
6. Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Yes! One study documented by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases and other studies reported that the majority of ruptured disc patients achieved "good" to "excellent" results after spinal decompression therapy.
7. Are there conditions where spinal decompression therapy is not indicated?
Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage.
Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or “cages”) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery, can be performed.
8. Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises in addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy?
To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice and heat muscle stimulation), and low level light Class 3 lasers.
9. How do I get started?
We want to make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Just call our office at (912) 466-9945 to arrange a free consultation with the doctor.
Please remember to bring any MRI reports so the doctor can review them and best advise you about your treatment options.