Spinal Decompression Therapy

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Spine related pain may come from a variety of sources. Though not all neck and back pain results from intervertebral discs, research suggests that as much as 85% of neck and back pain has the pain originating from the intervertebral disc. A disc may be injured in several ways. When an injury and degeneration occurs, the layers of the disc separate and tears form, allowing a possible herniation or prolapse to occur.

Spinal decompression therapy has become an advanced, non-surgical treatment option in the treatment of arm, leg, neck, and back pain associated with herniated and degenerative spinal disc disease. Common symptoms of nerve compression due to disc dysfunction include sharp shooting pain that starts in the neck or back and travels own one or both arms or legs. Nerve compression dysfunction is not only limited to pain. An individual may also experience altered sensation in different parts of their body or weakness from a lack of altered nerve signal from the brain to that part of the body. Whereas more traditional treatments can include prescription or over the counter medications, difficult or challenging exercises, and even surgery, spinal decompression therapy at Quint Chiropractic in Wilmington, North Carolina is a non-invasive alternative designed to produce results. The average treatment time for a spinal decompression therapy session will range from just 20 to 25 minutes.  However, treatment programs will vary from patient to patient and will heavily be dependent upon the severity of the symptoms and condition, as well as how new or how old the injury, symptoms or condition may be.

Spinal decompression therapy in our office is used to treat both cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) conditions.  An example of a common patient set-up for a lower back decompression treatment, as well as an example of the specific Chattanooga Triton DTS decompression table utilized in our office is pictured below:

Decompression Machine Photo

Spinal decompression therapy is one of the latest non-invasive, low risk, rehabilitative procedures for intervertebral discs. It is utilized across the United States and internationally among chiropractors and other spinal and musculoskeletal specialists alike. However, the insurance industry, as is often the case with many newer medical procedures has not caught up with current technology. As a result, major medical health insurance carriers, Medicare, and various managed health plans do not yet recognize, code nor reimburse for spinal decompression therapy. Though some insurances may cover certain ancillary services, such as rehabilitative exercise and physiotherapy, the decompression component of this amazing treatment method is not recognized or covered under current insurance reimbursement plans.  Spinal decompression treatment sessions are still made readily affordable to each of our patients.

An MRI is always necessary to confirm the level of a disc bulge, the severity of the disc bulge, and the direction of the disc bulge provided the source of the pain is stemming from this condition. However, an MRI is not essential in all cases to start and begin care with spinal decompression therapy. Contact our office today at (910) 392-8896 for a consultation if you suspect that your pain may be coming from a disc bulge or herniation, or if you have been diagnosed with either of these conditions in the past. In our Wilmington office, we regularly conduct orthopedic as well as neurologic examinations as part of every new patient examination as well as with each progressive re-examination for all of our patients to investigate each condition further. If an MRI is ever necessary to provide even further investigation into your condition, we can make the properly and timely referral to have the study done as well.


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