Decompression treatment is used to help relieve the pain and symptoms caused by nerve compression in the spine. For many patients diagnosed with nerve compression, the act of lengthening and stretching the spine with some form of decompression treatment, such as a table, can help relieve the pressure on the affected nerve in the spinal column and reduce the associated pain and discomfort.
Nerve compression often occurs in the spine due to spinal narrowing caused by degenerative spine conditions like bulging discs, herniated discs or bone spurs. These issues can cause the components of the spine to move out of alignment, constricting the already tight nerve passages in the spinal column and leading to painful symptoms.
If you are experiencing chronic pain due to a pinched nerve, you should consult your physician about undergoing a decompression treatment or other conservative treatments to help reduce your pain. If you’ve been diagnosed with a spine condition and are exploring treatments, you can also contact the team at USA Spine Care to learn more about your options.
What to expect during a DRX9000 decompression treatment
The DRX9000 decompression machine is a specific type of device, typically used by chiropractors, to lengthen and stretch the spine to reduce pressure on a compressed spinal nerve. This decompression table works by placing negative pressure on the area of your spine that is causing your pain and discomfort. Over time that area of the spine is elongated to allow the proper spacing and relieve pressure on the surrounding compressed nerve.
During this treatment, you will lie on your back on a table. Once the machine is turned on, you will feel a gentle stretch in the affected area of your spine. Some patients describe an immediate pain relief while the machine is on, though this relief does not always last after the treatment session. Because the decompression table is a gradual stretch over the general affected area of the spine, patients often need several months to measure the effectiveness of the treatment.
When to consider spine surgery
Treatment on a decompression table, combined with other conservative treatments like physical therapy, hot\cold compression and medication help many patients find the relief they need for a good quality of life. However, if you have exhausted conservative treatments without finding needed relief and are searching for a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery, we encourage you to contact USA Spine Care.
We offer minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery to treat nerve compression caused by degenerative spine conditions. Our minimally invasive procedures have earned a patient satisfaction score of 98 and have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain since 2005.
To find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today for a no-cost MRI or CT scan review.*