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What is disc decompression? Read decompressing maneuvers to vertebra can add 3 ins permanent height in adults. Is this same as chiropract adjustments?

What is disc decompression? Read decompressing maneuvers to vertebra can add 3 ins permanent height in adults. Is this same as chiropract adjustments?

Varies: The term disc decompression is used to describe a number of spinal interventions. It is most commonly used to describe a type of traction performed on the spine, often with the spine in a flexed position. It can be done on a specialized traction table or using a computerized machine. While it can help in symptom relief, it could not permanently add three inches in height to an adult patient. ...Read more

Decompression (Definition)

Decompression (surgery), a procedure used to treat spinal stenosis (in spinal decompression), carotid artery stenosis or any condition where a ...Read more


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Can decompression possibly shift a bulging disc into a worse position? I tried it for just a min and now i'm having a lot more pain on my left side!

Can decompression possibly shift a bulging disc into a worse position? I tried it for just a min and now i'm having a lot more pain on my left side!

Disc bulge: Bulging disc can cause symptoms. Typically if the bulge is not significant, it tends to improve over time. It also depends on medical history as to which therapy would be recommended. ...Read more

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Undergoing drx9000 spinal decompression for a moderately degenerated disc. I read that the machines can actually further disc damage? Is that true?

Undergoing drx9000 spinal decompression for a moderately degenerated disc. I read that the machines can actually further disc damage? Is that true?

Second opinion: With any disc manipulation you want to second and third and so on opinion. You want to discuss this with a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, a pain specialist, a radiologist and so on. You only have one spine. ...Read more

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Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Depends: If you mean getting into a machine and getting pulled into traction there is no good scientific data that supports this. It can be very expensive and insurance companies do not cover it. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages and advantages of decompression surgery(removing a spinal disc)?

What are the disadvantages and advantages of decompression surgery(removing a spinal disc)?

Depends: It all depends on the amount of neural compression and whether there are any deficits. Surgical risks include- infection, CSF leak, hematoma, and nerve injury. However in the face of severe pain or weakness, surgery can help. ...Read more

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Is it possible for spinal decompression to heal a bulging disc?

Is it possible for spinal decompression to heal a bulging disc?

Yes: There are definite case reports of patients who have medium sized disc bulges that have healed over time without surgery and with good physical therapy including spinal decompression tables. ...Read more

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Can spinal decompression systems work for herniated or bulging discs?

Can spinal decompression systems work for herniated or bulging discs?

Non-surgical?: If you are referring to non-surgical spinal decompression employed mostly by chiropractors, there is very little evidence showing its efficacy. It is a very costly treatment that uses traction to relieve pain caused by a disc herniation and nerve root compression. It has not shown to be any different then allowing time to allow inflammation to improve. ...Read more

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Will any amount of consistent spinal decompression result in the "rebuilding" of a herniated/degenerated L5 disc?

No not in my opinion: I have not reviewed any control peer reviewed evidenve that the above ispossible it is still a working theory traction has been used since egyptian times with similar results for centuries no medical evidence for such a claim. ...Read more

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I have L4 L5 slip disc..Underwent decompression.. But it did not help..Machine was drx9000..Complete waste...Suggest something pls..Back is hurting.

Sorry: I am sorry you did not get the results you were looking for. These machines are nothing more than fancy traction units that have been used for decades now. Of course physical therapy is a logical option. If you have tried this and there is associated pain in the leg, then an epidural injections may help control the pain. These conditions often improve with time. Surgery is you last option. ...Read more

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What are the pros/cons of a 3 level cervical laminectomy w/o fusion vs a keyhole endoscopic decompression for stenosis(disc &spurs compressing nerves?

What are the pros/cons of a 3 level cervical laminectomy w/o fusion vs a keyhole endoscopic decompression for stenosis(disc &spurs compressing nerves?

Complex: It is a little complex to fully discuss in such a forum; but a for amounting would be appropriate if you are just having symptoms of foraminal stenosis causing pain in the arm, where a laminectomy may be needed if you have problems related to central cord compression. Definitely would need to discuss face to face with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have had w surgeries for slipped disc and decompression. I have another now but too much scar tissue to operate. I have small curve why?

I have had w surgeries for slipped disc and decompression. I have another now but too much scar tissue to operate. I have small curve why?

Epidural fibrosis: Scar tissue commonly forms in the aftermath of spine surgery as part of the healing process. If the scar tissue encroaches on a nerve root or epidural space, it can become the cause of chronic neuropathic/nerve related pain. Regarding curvature in the spine, it may be secondary to trauma, genetic factors, spinal instability or a variety of other factors. ...Read more

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If you applied enough traction force in spinal decompression therapy to a healthy, overly hydrated disc, can it tear apart w/ repeated traction?

No: Traction therapy only gently release pressure in the spine, let the herniated disc to return to its position. It will not cause tear of the disc. ...Read more

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Is non-surgical spinal decompression a good option for 70 yr old male 300 lbs, 5'10" with degenerative disc disease?

Hard to say: In general, the biggest concern I have given the information provided is your weight, which is likely causing chronic injury to your low back and could be leading to the degenerative disc changes you mention. Non-surgical decompression can be very helpful, but I would combine this with significant weight loss (target weight ...Read more

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Right disc herniation c5-c6-right lateral stenosis severe right foraminal stenosis. Tried spinal decompression and trigger p. Injec.What else to try?

Right disc herniation c5-c6-right lateral stenosis severe right foraminal stenosis. Tried spinal decompression and trigger p. Injec.What else to try?

Most resolve with : Time but medication like oral steroids or nsaid's if no contraindications along with meds like Neurontin (gabapentin) may help along with wearing a soft cervical collar reversed when sleeping or reading. Cervical epidural injections are a consideration and if no better after 12 weeks of symptoms, surgery can be considered if symptoms warrant this intervention. ...Read more

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Prominent disc space narrowing, bulges, and mild degenerative changes throughout lumbar spine for some years. Spinal decompression? Best opinions pls!

Prominent disc space narrowing, bulges, and mild degenerative changes throughout lumbar spine for some years. Spinal decompression? Best opinions pls!

Spinal decompression: Remember, any changes that occur with traction are temporary. Once normal weight bearing is restored, all changes revert to pre-traction state. Inversion tables do exactly the same thing for about $250 total vs. Around $200 per treatment with traction. So if it feels good, it sure beats popping pills! consider a mckenzie pt, or pilates/yoga/piyo as preventative. And don't smoke--accelerates ddd. ...Read more

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Is dts spinal decompression therapy the best remedy without undergo an operation to cure slipped disc? Is there any side effects?

Back pain therapy: It is fine as long as symptoms are stable or improving . If pain increases or numbness develops - therapy should stop and you should revisit physician. ...Read more

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