How Spinal Decompression Can Alleviate Chronic Back and Neck Pain

If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain, you’ aren’t alone. The bad news? About 80% of people report at least one episode of back pain and up to two-thirds deal with irritating neck pain. The good news? Thanks to Peak Physical Medicine and nonsurgical spinal decompression, you don’t have to live with chronic pain any longer!

Many times chronic back and neck pain occurs because of compressed, or pinched, nerves in the spine. Our care team in Visalia, California, is comprised of chiropractic care specialists. We use an innovative decompression system to reduce the pressure on these nerves and help stop your pain.

Read on to learn more about how spinal decompression can alleviate chronic back and neck pain, so you can get back to living your life sooner!

What is spinal decompression?

As you age or after an injury, your discs may shift out of alignment or herniate (bulge). This can irritate surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and misplaced or bulging discs can press on nerves resulting in chronic back and neck pain.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a technique that uses traction to gently stretch your spine. The stretch spinal decompression alleviates pressure on your vertebral discs, which separate your vertebrae and act as shock absorbers.

Our team uses an advanced spinal decompression technique to alternatively pull and release your spine. This controlled process creates negative pressure, or a vacuum, to pull any misaligned or bulging discs back into place.

The space created during decompression increases the flow of blood to the treatment area, helping oxygen and other healing nutrients reach the irritated discs. The result? A healthier spinal position and room for your discs to heal and function the way they should.

What conditions can spinal decompression help?

After evaluating your symptoms and medical history, the team at Peak Physical Medicine may recommend spinal decompression for a number of conditions. This treatment option can treat a variety of problems, including:

  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated discs
  • Pinched nerves
  • Posterior facet syndrome

If you’re experiencing chronic neck or back pain, talk to one of our care providers about whether spinal decompression can help.

Am I a candidate for spinal decompression?

The best way to learn if you’re a candidate for spinal decompression is to talk to a trained medical professional. Most people who are otherwise healthy and don’t have a severe back injury or underlying spinal disease are candidates, but a physical exam and review of your medical history help your Peak Physical Medicine care team evaluate whether spinal decompression is the right treatment option for you.

Women who are pregnant and people with the following conditions are not good candidates for spinal decompression:

  • Advanced osteoporosis
  • Metal supports in the spine
  • Fractured spinal bones
  • Spinal tumors or tumors near the spine
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms

If you’re suffering from chronic back or neck pain, contact Peak Physical Medicine, or request an appointment online now to learn if nonsurgical spinal decompression could be the solution you’ve been hoping for!

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