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Can spinal decompression systems work for herniated or bulging discs?
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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Greg Khounganian
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
There is a good web article about the controversy about this type of treatment....Look at http://www.chirobase.org/06DD/vaxd/vaxd.html.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Do not waste your
Money on a repackaged form of traction.
If you want to try something that you can own for a fraction of the price, try an inversion table. There is no scientific literature that supports any spinal decompression system. Bulging discs are not abnormal and herniated disc symptoms may be temporarily decreased with traction.

In brief: Do not waste your
Money on a repackaged form of traction.
If you want to try something that you can own for a fraction of the price, try an inversion table. There is no scientific literature that supports any spinal decompression system. Bulging discs are not abnormal and herniated disc symptoms may be temporarily decreased with traction.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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