You’re not yourself if your back is hurting. Back pain is often caused by compression in the spine, and many options for relief and treatment are available. One of the most effective treatments for your back pain is spinal decompression therapy.
The team at Benjamin Cohen, MD has put together a primer about spinal decompression. If you’re suffering from back pain that just won’t go away, neurosurgeon, Dr. Cohen is ready to discuss your treatment options.
What causes spinal compression?
Compression of the spinal cord occurs when an inordinate amount of pressure is put on your spine. Your spinal cord is a collection of nerves surrounded by bones called vertebrae. This is an extremely delicate and important part of your body as it does things like send messages to your brain and help you stand upright.
The most common injuries and conditions that affect the spinal cord and cause compression are:
- Gradual wear and tear or osteoarthritis
- Spinal stenosis
- Tumors on the spine
- Some bone diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Some infections
- Herniated discs
- Bone spurs
If your spinal cord is compressed, you most likely feel pain in your neck, back, or lower back; however, you may also experience the following symptoms:
- Weakness, numbness, or cramping in your hands, arms, legs, or feet
- Difficulty with coordination
- Burning pain that spreads to your extremities
All of these symptoms are serious, and you should alert your doctor as soon as possible.
How can spinal decompression help me?
Your injury or condition has resulted in pressure on the spinal cord and the discs protecting it. When you receive decompression therapy, your spine is stretched, corrected, and relieved of pressure.
Spinal decompression comes in two forms: nonsurgical and surgical. Dr. Cohen can help you decide which path is best for you.
Nonsurgical decompression is minimally invasive therapy that’s effective because it works to relieve pressure on your spinal column and helps discs heal by allowing nutrients, fluids, and oxygen to flow more freely through your spine. While helping to heal, spinal decompression therapy alleviates the stress on your nerves, effectively reducing the amount of back pain you experience.
A needle is often used to remove material that’s putting pressure on your spine. Depending on your specific circumstances, he may suggest using ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or heat or cold therapy as other nonsurgical options for treating your compressed spine.
He also may prescribe noninvasive treatments like:
- Physical therapy or exercise regimen to strengthen your spine
- Rest to promote healing
- Steroid injections or NSAIDs
- Chiropractic braces
The American Chiropractic Association reports that up to 80% of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives. Whether an injury or your age is causing your back to ache, relief is out there. Don’t be another statistic; call today or request an appointment online for a consultation with Dr. Cohen.