Not validated. I am assuming that you are referencing the use of spinal decompression tables. These are suppose to work by relieving pressure &/or reducing intradiscal pressure & thereby reducing the size of disc protrusions/herniation. Today there simply are no studies of good quality to support these claims. Further objective studies are needed. At present there are few complications associated, except expense.
Unless you have a. Spine fracture, there is none. It is a fancy name for a simple thing, traction.
Someone with a brain. Aneurysm or avm or with certain eye issues.
Have alot problemes. The presence of other diseases and the physical condition of the patient are also significant factors to consider when making decisions about surgery. General health is prime factor.
Is spinal decompression therapy a definite cure for degenerating disc disease or is it just a pain treatment?
Pain treatment. There is no know cure for disc degeneration.
Degenerative discs. Occur in all. Sometimes it can lead to pain. Some people respond to traction which this is just a reinvented form. An inversion table is much cheaper and can be done at home at any time with the same results. It is aform of pain treatment.
Open. Surgical inteventions such as "decompression" for nonspecific low back pain have about a 60% chance of success. Other allied health professionals who advertise "decompression" have anecdotal evidence of success, without much strong clinical evidence to support the therapy. (in the absence of such evidence for efficacy, insurance companies will not pay for such treatments).
Maybe. Try it. If your symptoms get better continue treatment. If it makes you worse than discontinue treatment.
Perhaps you can. If you have good hand and arm strength you could hang from a pull-up bar and let the weight of your trunk and legs put traction on your low back, which may feel good. If you try this, be careful getting up and down, and be careful not to fall. The bar would be equipment. There may be a beam or bar that is part of your living unit, but you need to be sure it will support your total body weight.
Any way of hanging. Upside down like off the side of your bed otherwise if you could purchase something it would be a lumbar traction device or an inversion table.
Yes. It can be very helpful for some people although it can be difficult to determine who the best candidates are. It is safe so a trial of it can be done to see if it helps.
Makes more room. The theory of inversion or decompression therapy is that the bones of the spine have a chance of spreading out with the help of gravity or traction. This spreading of the bones allows for more space where the nerves exit the spinal column. More space equates to less chance for the nerves to be impinged or irritated. Check with your doctor to see if this form of therapy may be beneficial for you.
See below. The theory behind non-surgical spinal decompression is that significant distractive forces, when applied to the lumbar spine in variable directions, can create a negative pressure in the center of the intervertebral disc, thereby creating a suctioning effect or vacuum phenomenon in order to retract or reduce the size of the herniated or bulging disc's gelatinous internal nucleus pulposus, .
Pinched nerve relief. Purpose of spinal decompression is to prevent or halt nerve damage. Microdiscectomy is minimally invasive and mostly successful in hands of experienced neurosurgeon. Decompression by laminectomy is more invasive, sometimes necessary with more risk of nerve damage. Inversion therapy (hanging upside down) is a possible non surgical, usually temporary, treatment.
No. You are probably talking about mechanical, and not surgical decompression. This form of treatment is controversial and by some authorities is considered alternative medicine and by some even quackery. However, it is safe and. Should hurt nothing but your pocket book.
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.
Light traction. No more than 10 pounds should be applied to the spine for cervical traction.
Traction Dangerous? No, the force needed to disrupt or tear a disk is significantly higher than the muscles around your spine could tolerate. If traction could impart that much force your muscles would be injured first.
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.
Active strengthening. Dts is passive, does not provide longterm benefits e.g. Musculoskeletal strength. It just gives you something to do while your disc recovers. The great majority of "slipped discs" heal up naturally over the course of several weeks, important to do active strengthening exercises. Some feel better while strapped into the dts machine but there is no proof it speeds up recovery.