Spinal Decompression Fort Worth & Plano, TX

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression (also known as mechanical traction) includes either manually or mechanically created forces that stretch and mobilize the spine. Spinal decompression helps in relieving back pain by stretching the tight muscles of the spine which result from spasm. It also helps widen the intervertebral foramen so that the nerve root impingement is relieved thus relieving back pain and radiating pain.

Spinal decompression is a safe, comfortable and effective tool used in the treatment of neck and low back injuries including the following: disc bulges, disc herniation, sciatica, pinched nerves, facet syndromes, and leg/arm pain. However, not all patients are candidates for spinal decompression traction, each will be properly evaluated and screened to ensure that their condition will respond best to this form of treatment.

This treatment modality has numerous mechanical and physiological effects including: relieving pressure on the nerves, unloading constant force from the spine, decreasing acute disc bulging and inflammation and separating the vertebrae to allow for stretching of the ligaments while relieving pressure on the discs. It also increases the blood flow to the muscle tissues which allows for a deeper relaxation of muscle hypersensitivity /spasm.

Patients can lay comfortably on their back or stomach for the lumbar decompression and on their back for cervical decompression. There are several padded harnesses that are attached to the patient to ensure the most effective traction is reached. Mechanical spinal decompression traction is quite comfortable and is usually performed over the course of several visits. The cumulative effect of each decompression treatment can be quite dramatic and the results can be truly amazing. However, many patients can feel a noticeable change in their symptoms after only a few treatments!

Each patient is different and unique and what is effective for one patient may not be as effective for another. Therefore, each potential patient is evaluated thoroughly before starting the spinal traction treatment. This evaluation allows our Fort Worth physical therapist to decide on the type of spinal traction to be used, the force/weight of the traction and the length of treatment.

Contact us today at ClearCut ORTHO in Fort Worth & Plano, TX to see if you are a fit for spinal decompression therapy.