Spinal decompression is an inherently safe procedure that can be used, without complications, for a wide variety of anatomical dysfunctions of the low back, which are commonly associated with back pain such as Sciatica, Herniated Discs, Degenerative disc disease, Facet Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, Radicular pain in the arms and legs, Post Surgical Syndrome
However, not everyone with back pain is a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. As a Board Certified Pain Medicine and a Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehab Physician, Dr. Jain has studied very specific assessment protocols that enable her to determine if you have a compression problem; i.e. herniated disc or compressed nerve, or a movement disorder; i.e. improper firing of core stabilizing muscles, or a combination of both. Often times it is a combination that can be missed by practitioners if only one component of the problem is addressed. Dr. Jain is also a Certified Decompression Therapy Practitioner and will systematically assess your spine to determine if spinal decompression would help or if perhaps another form of treatment is better suited for your case.
For best results, a multi-faceted approach which includes a combination of medications, massage therapy, physical therapy, injections and spinal decompression may be needed. Please discuss your particular situation with our physician on staff.
Even if you don’t chose our clinic for spinal decompression therapy, please, find out how your doctor determines if you are a candidate for this procedure. This is a big decision, it is a big commitment of time and money and most importantly; it is your body. Make sure you’re getting the best advice and treatment out there.
Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe obesity, severe nerve damage, spondylolisthesis (grade 2 or higher), spondylolysis or for patients with unstable post surgical conditions.
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. This means a majority of post-surgical failures are still good candidates for treatment!
Other factors that could exclude the use of Decompression Therapy are pathological lesions or congenital deformities of the vertebral column that disrupt the integrity of the vertebral and ligamentous structures, such as fractures, tumor, severe osteoporosis, or spina bifida; and progressive disease or inflammatory processes of the spinal joints or muscles.