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, .
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.
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.
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.
Traction. By spinal decompression I will assume that you mean traction, such as using a vax-d or similar machine. The concept of traction is to restore lost disc height, which can result in improved spinal canal diameter and reduced nerve pinching. The problem with traction is that it is often temporary - in other words, once out of traction, the spine gradually settles back to its original state.
Relief the pressure. Spinal decompression is a term that describes the relief of pressure on one or many pinched nerves of the spinal column. Spinal decompression can be achieved both surgically and non-surgically and is used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain such as disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis.
Is Spinal traction or Decompression therapy helpful for Lower Back Pain? Are the effects temporary or Permanent?
Back pain. Lumbar traction is used to relieve low back pain. The goal is to decompress pinched nerves and realign the joints and ligaments to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. With daily home use for 4-6 weeks the results can be long lasting. There are a variety of machines for traction and many are used by physical therapists and chiropractors as part of their treatment regimen too.
Results are. Variable. Some patients improve. However significant number of patients do not show improvement or has only modest or temporary improvement.
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.
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.
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.