Spinal decompression is an alternative therapy designed with the goal of alleviating pain and promoting healing of the intervertebral disc.
Indications for Spinal Decompression Therapy
The indications for spinal decompression therapy (given by its proponents) are relatively broad.
It is often recommended as a treatment alternative for many types of lower back pain, sciatica (leg pain), or neck pain caused by a herniated disc, bulging disc, or degenerated disc. Arthritic spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, compressed disc, or degenerative spinal joint issues are also good candidates for spinal decompression.
Contraindications for Spinal Decompression Therapy
Stretching the spine to relieve back pain is not appropriate for some patients. The following groups of people are not good candidates for non-surgical spinal decompression:
- Pregnant women
- Patients with broken vertebrae
- Patients who have an artificial disc, or other implants, in their spine
- Patients with any of the following conditions are also not good candidates:
- Osteoporosis, or osteopenia
- Spinal infection
- Spinal tumor
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Any condition that may compromise the integrity of the spine
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