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What is spinal decompression?

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There has been much information in the media recently about the merits of spinal decompression.  In order to appreciate the merits of the new technology, you must first understand the condition it treats.

Spinal decompression puts negative pressure on each disk, to alleviate the pressure and pain associated with compressed disks. When a disk is compressed, the disk material moves from its place between each disk, into the space occupied by the sensitive nerves. When the nerves become crowded, the patient experiences great pain and pressure. This pain is not alleviated by even the strongest of pain medications. Many times, the condition warrants the use of highly addictive medications, such as morphine to mask the pain long enough to give the patient some relief. Long term however, the risk for addiction increases, while the source of the pain is untreated.  

The treatment consists of daily 20-minute sessions over a 5-week period. Relief is usually experienced after 6 treatments. A follow up study on the outcomes of decompression therapy found that, 71% of patients showed more than a 50% reduction in pain immediately after treatment, and 86% showed a 50% or better pain reduction at four years. After four years, 52% of respondents reported a pain level of zero. (Anesthesiology News, March 2003)

Surgery attempts to treat the condition by shaving the part of the disk to create room for the material that is crowding the nerves. Spinal decompression eliminates the source of the pain, therefore eliminating the need for risky spine surgery and the subsequent months of down time post surgery.

Spinal decompression (traction) the way at Ross Chiropractic Clinic is covered by most insurance plans. However, if you do not have insurance, Spinal decompression at Ross Chiropractic Clinic is the most affordable in the Chattanooga area. Do not let financial concerns prevent you from geting the benefits of Spinal decompression, mainly avoiding the risks and the side effects of spinal surgery.  Call today to set up a free evaluation consultation to see if Spinal decompression at Ross Chiropractic Clinic can help you.


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