Spinal Decompression in Jacksonville FL
Non-Surgical, Safe, and Effective Treatment
Non-surgical, safe, and effective treatment for chronic neck pain and lower back pain that does not cost an arm and a leg!
You've been experiencing neck or lower back pain that has been bothering you for months or years. You've tried traditional chiropractic, massage therapy, injections, physical therapy, and medications to no avail. It's frustrating.. we understand!
It's hard to think that there are any other options out there when you've tried so many treatments with little to no long-term relief. We think that spinal decompression may be the answer you're looking for.
Spinal Decompression was developed to treat the neck and lower back pain resulting from degenerated or herniated discs. Through Spinal Decompression Therapy in Jacksonville FL, patients will find relief from back pain as a majority of our patients are able to return to a normal lifestyle with little to no pain.
What exactly is Spinal Decompression Therapy in Jacksonville FL?
Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical treatment that treats neck and lower back pain due to the nerves being compressed by the disc. This type of treatment is very effective in relieving pain. Essentially, spinal decompression does what you think it does by decompressing the joints and spinal discs by pulling and distracting the spine in a slow, controlled manner.
The main goal of the treatment is to create a negative intradiscal pressure to pull the bulging or herniated disc material and promote the passage of nutrients to make a better environment for healing.
If you work at a sitting desk or stand all day, the spine does not have time to heal and it is constantly irritated by compression. This treatment will allow the spine to decompress and bring nutrients into the spine allowing the body to heal faster.
You may be wondering what it looks like to be decompressed on a machine. The picture below is an accurate depiction of a patient receiving the treatment on the machine.
During spinal decompression therapy, patients will remain in clothes and lie on the table. The harness will be placed around the hips and attached to a traction machine which will control the tension and weight it will use to distract the spine.
This is an IMPORTANT distinction between the decompression units people buy for home use where you are turned upside down.
It's a dangerous treatment if you don't know what you're doing with the home unit because every person has a different weight and the angle you turn upside down affects how much the spine is being pulled. There's no accurate measurement of how many pounds of tension are being used in this home method.
We always urge patients to use the home machine with caution. The home machine has helped some people but there have been cases where it has made the problem worse or ineffective.
Use at your own risk
Now that you know a little more about spinal decompression, are you a good candidate for spinal decompression?
If you're experiencing lower back pain, sciatica (leg pain), neck pain, arm numbness/tingling, degenerated disc, or bulging disc, spinal decompression is highly recommended for you.
Those that do not qualify are patients with a broken vertebra, history of spinal fusion, artificial disc, or have had multiple surgeries without recovery. Additionally, patients with the following conditions are not ideal candidates:
- Spinal infection
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Spinal tumor
You may be wondering if this pulling of the spine will be painful. It's a frequent question people ask.
In our experience, patients report the procedure as very comfortable and gentle. The treatment utilizes a controlled pulling mechanism that can increase or decrease tension as we set it. We always set the tension low at first, until you get comfortable and then adjust it to a tension that will get the most benefit for that particular person's weight and body type.
Most patients report a light sense of stretch on their hips or backs and feel comfortable enough to relax during the treatment.
Some also have reported slight pain in the procedure if their back is in really bad shape, this is normal. This pain is not a "bad pain," but pain of movement of an inflamed spine. We always ask for feedback to make sure the pain is not unbearable.
The pain should reduce over the course of treatment and eventually cause no discomfort or pain at all.
The studies and clinical results of spinal decompression has been promising. It has helped patients who do not want to have surgery and those that have tried all other treatments with no success.
While the success of this treatment is great, please do not think that we are guaranteeing 100% results. Results will be based on adherence to treatment recommendations by our doctor.
However, the clinical results of this therapy have shown to help approximately 85% of patients.
How long are the treatments & how many do you need?
Depending on the extent of the therapy needed due to the severity of the condition, the patients will require at least 1-3 treatments a week for the first month. We typically re-evaluate after every month to see what the progress is.
The patients will typically undergo 12 – 30 sessions for traction/decompression treatments depending on how bad the spine condition is. We will assess this with x-rays and feedback from the patient as treatment progresses.
The treatment session will also include additional therapy such as electrical stimulation, manual soft tissue adjustments, and Kinesio taping. A complete session can last between 30-45 minutes.
It is exciting to note that many patients find immediate relief after a few sessions.
The treatment may either increase or decrease in frequency depending on the body’s response to the procedure.
Most patients complete their treatment within 4 – 8 weeks.
How much does spinal decompression cost?
It's probably the most common question we get because you've probably spent a lot of money already trying other treatments with little to no result.
Or you've seen your other doctor's bills and may be concerned that this will cost a lot. It doesn't!
We know it's hard to put more money into a treatment that you don't know 100% works. However, what are you really losing if you don't try?
In our office, the range of our patients' expenses is anywhere from $600-$3000 for their treatment plan. Those on the $600 end did not require a lot of sessions for their pain and those in the $3000 range had a pretty bad disc and needed a lot of work.
Does insurance cover this? Unfortunately, decompression is a treatment that insurance does not cover as they see it as alternative medicine that is optional. They would rather see you continue taking medication or worse, surgery.
We don't boast that this will be the absolute solution for your back pain or neck pain, but we are confident that it has a high chance of succeeding, not just in the short term, but long term.
If you are serious about getting your health back and working without nagging pain, spending time with your kids and seeing them grow up and being involved in their daily activities, or just getting back to walking without pain, we think it's worth taking a closer look at the potential of what spinal decompression can do for you.
Our office provides free consultations to answer any other questions you may have because we know a decision like this is not a light one. Please contact our office any time to set up a time with our doctor and we can go into more detail as to what the treatment will entail and if you'd qualify based on your condition.
Call us today at (904) 379-9412 and speak with Lauren about making an appointment.