If you have back pain, as 80-90% of the US population does at some point in their lives, you are no stranger to the inconveniences it carries. Your first step in dealing with the pain is the decision to get treatment. An untreated back injury is far more likely to get worse, than get better. We can get you on the books for an appointment, evaluate, diagnose, and give you a prognosis. You may find out spinal decompression is a treatment option – but what is spinal decompression? Surgical Decompression Spinal Decompression can be either surgical or non-surgical. The two common surgical types of decompression therapy are a Laminectomy and a Microdisectomy, which are usually performed in the lower back (lumbar) or neck (cervical) regions of the spine. A laminectomy is usually performed to provide relief form spinal stenosis, a condition where there spinal canal is narrowed and pressure is placed on the spinal cord and/or the nerves exiting the spine. This can cause pain, location of which is determined by the location of the stenosis (most commonly lower back or Lumbar Stenosis). A laminectomy is performed to remove part of the vertebral bone called the lamina and in doing so allows the nerve enough space to heal. A microdisectomy is usually performed to provide relieve for herniated discs. Your vertebrae are separated by soft jelly cushions called discs. When a portion of the disc ruptures, part of the soft cushion can come out and put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. In a microdisectomy, this portion of a herniated disc is removed. In both these procedures, incisions are made in the area of the back being worked on and the muscles around the affected area a moved to the side or cut to allow space for the surgery. Surgeries usually provide relief but have no guarantee of long term relief and symptoms may come back or reherniations may occur. In need of Spinal Decompression therapy? Schedule an Appointment Today! If you have any questions, or want a consultation with a professional, feel free to call, or schedule an appointment online at any of our Bergen County or Passaic County offices in New Jersey. Choose from Glen Rock, Franklin Lakes, Fair Lawn, Ho-ho-kus/Ridgewood, and/or Clifton – we make it possible for you to visit any of our offices at your convenience. Non-Surgical Decompression Non-surgical Decompression utilizes a decompression unit to separate vertebrae and reduce pressure. The separation creates a vacuum effect that allows fluid and nutrients in to promote the healing process and can even retract a herniation after several treatments. Conditions that can be treated include: Disc Herniation Sciatica Degenerated Discs Bulging Discs Thinning Discs Spinal Stenosis Sciatica Neck Pain Back Pain Arm Pain In some cases, relief can be felt and is long lasting, and in others continued treatment is necessary for long term relief. Advanced decompression units utilize a computer to control vertebral separation and are recommended over at home inversion tables if you have a condition. When dealing with spinal problems, you may want to consider non-surgical means first and surgical as a last resort. The body is rarely the same after spinal surgeries and ranges of motion may be limited, however there are times when this is necessary to preserve the integrity of the spinal cord.