Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal Decompression is an effective form of therapy for neck and low back pain related to bulging discs, degenerative discs, and in some cases herniated discs. It also benefits compressed nerves associated with spinal stenosis and herniated discs in the neck and lower back.

If you are suffering from the following symptoms, you are a great candidate for spinal decompression therapy:
  • neck pain with/without pain travelling into your arms
  • lower back pain with/without pain travelling into your legs
These symptoms are often related to disc injury or spinal stenosis, which are amenable to traction therapy. In many cases, traction can provide a much lower risk and safer form of therapy in place of surgery and should be attempted prior to surgical consideration for these conditions.

Therapeutic Benefits (As Evidenced Through Clinical Research):


1) Restoration of disc height with associated reduction of pain

Research has indicated that non-surgical spinal decompression has the potential ability to restore disc height following loss related to a herniated disc. This has shown strong correlation to a reduction of low back pain with traction/spinal decompression and is believed to be one of the primary therapeutic benefits associated with this treatment.

Research Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20615252

2) Reduction of pressure on a pinched nerve (herniated discs, spinal stenosis)

Research has shown the ability of traction to help decrease pressure off of pinched nerves associated with condition such as herniated discs and spinal stenosis. As a result, we have noted decreased pain (and other possible nerve symptoms including tingling and numbness) and improved function (improved muscle strength) to the affected areas.

Research Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19846359
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15609843
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11324874
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10903582
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16385939

3) Reducing size of disc herniations

Research has shown that continuous lumbar traction has the ability to reduce the size of a herniated disc in the lumbar spine, thereby helping to decrease the symptoms associated with these injuries.

Research Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16249899
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12461276

4) Maintenance of proper hydration of the intervertebral disc through proper fluid exchange

The intervertebral disc is a fluid tissue and as such requires proper hydration to maintain its function as a "shock" absorber to help aid as a cushion between the bones, vertebrae, in our spine. Research has lead to support the ability of traction to assist in the maintenance of this hydration, which is extremely important to the overall health of the disc.

Research Link:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18824391

5) Possibly helps to aid in improved blood flow to pinched nerves

Traction may improve nerve health through improving blood flow to pinched nerves.

Research Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11956981

As a result of the above therapeutic effects of traction/spinal decompression therapy, it is an effective conservative therapeutic approach for patients suffering from disc ailments. In most cases, with the exception of those involving associated loss of sensation, muscle weakness, and/or incontinence, traction/spinal decompression therapy should be trialed prior to surgical consideration. This is represented in the following study, where traction was performed to a large number of patients with evidence of a degenerative and/or a herniated disc in their lower back with significant positive outcomes including decreased pain and improved function: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18226650

Dr. Kielbasa is a certified traction/spinal decompression practitioner and has post-graduate training in this therapy. This training is essential to the likelihood of a positive outcome during your treatment. This training assists Dr. Kielbasa in proper evaluation, assessment, and treatment of your condition with traction/spinal decompression. It is recommended that you see a certified provider if considering this form of treatment to ensure the optimum benefit it can provide and to be certain that you are properly assessed prior to being treated.