Any procedure involving the spine can be scary. However, if you’re suffering from unrelenting back and spine pain, you may need medical help to get back to the pain-free, active lifestyle you once enjoyed. At La Peer Health Systems’ Spine Center of Excellence, our specialists are committed to providing a variety of treatments for spine conditions and injuries. Because a great deal of spine pain occurs due to pressure on the spinal discs (gel-like cushions between the vertebrae), our spine surgeons may prescribe a form of spinal decompression to relieve pain and stretch the spine.

running after spine surgeryNon-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression can be either non-surgical or surgical. Non-surgical spinal decompression gently stretches the spine using a mechanical device. After fitting you with a special harness, the doctor will instruct you to lie on a table. Using a computer, your doctor will customize the treatment to your specific needs.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is not for everyone; pregnant women and people suffering from fractures or tumors of the spine should not have this procedure. Further, some researchers believe that the treatment is less effective than surgical options for spinal decompression.

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

The specialists at the Spine Center of Excellence offer a number of effective surgical options for spinal decompression.

A discectomy is a procedure used to remove a herniated disc from the spinal canal and alleviate the nerve pressure on the spine.

During a laminectomy, our spine specialists will remove a piece of the bone in order to widen the spinal canal and alleviate pressure.

Foraminotomy helps relieve nerve compression by removing bone and tissue. One of the benefits of this surgery is that it can be performed endoscopically, minimizing blood loss and eliminating the need for anesthesia.

The surgeons at La Peer also offer spinal tumor decompression, which is a surgical procedure to remove part or all of a tumor on the spine. Spinal tumor decompression can help alleviate pressure and pain caused by a tumor attached to the spine.

Spinal Decompression Surgery Recovery

After undergoing spinal decompression, you may need to participate in a physical therapy program to improve flexibility and mobility. You may also have to take anti-inflammatories or other pain relievers for a period of time. Following your doctor’s instructions can help ensure a speedy recovery from spinal decompression.

Complications of Spinal Decompression

Many forms of spinal decompression can be accomplished with minimally invasive surgical techniques. However, every surgery carries with it some risk. Rare complications associated with spinal decompression involve bleeding, infection, negative reactions to anesthesia and nerve and tissue damage. The best way to determine if spinal decompression is right for you is to schedule an appointment with the doctors at the Spine Center of Excellence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What conditions may be treated with spinal decompression? 

A: The doctors at the Spine Center of Excellence may utilize spinal decompression to treat the following conditions: disc herniation, spinal stenosis, sciatica, tumors on the spine.

Q: How long does non-surgical spinal decompression take?

A: Non-surgical decompression lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. Depending on your particular case, you may need multiple treatments over the period of a few weeks.

Q: Who needs spinal decompression?

A: If you are suffering from persistent, debilitating spine pain that is not relieved by other treatments, you might be a good candidate for spinal decompression.

Q: What are the benefits of having spinal decompression at an outpatient center like La Peer’s Spine Center of Excellence?

A: At an outpatient center like La Peer, you will spend less time under anesthesia. Further, you will avoid the contact with seriously ill and contagious patients that occurs in a hospital setting.

Q: When should I contact a doctor about my spine pain?

A: See a doctor if you’re suffering from severe spinal pain or numbness and weakness in the limbs.

Contact Our Specialists

Spinal decompression can offer relief from debilitating back pain and help you get back to the activities you enjoy. Contact the spine specialists at the Spine Center of Excellence for a consultation by calling (888) 564-1419 today.

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