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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is spine decompression therapy, and how does it work exactly?

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Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Traction: It is essentially traction of the spine. It is meant to pull the spine segments apart so that the disc might heal. There are many ways to accomplish this including physical therapy techniques, specialized machines often used by chiropractic, and inversion tables. There are no good studies on any but the techniques may have some benefit. Inversion is likely the cheapest.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Doesn't: I suspect you are referring to a variety of computerized machines that purport to reduce herniated discs. These machines go by various names which i will not mention here. They are basically fancy traction machines. The treatment is very expensive and despite the hype have never been shown to be effective. They are usually not covered by insurance.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Who should benefit from spine decompression therapy?

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Dr. Aaron Stupple
Dr. Aaron Stuppleanswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Cervical Stenosis: The most common need for decompression therapy is for those whose spine has, over a long time from, developed bony protrusions called osteophytes in and around the outside of the spinal cord and the holes that the nerves come out of. This is a natural aging process, but in some it can press on the neves and cause pain. Decompression does just that- opens up room for the nerves.

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