Understanding Spinal Stenosis

Even a day of suffering with back pain, leg cramps, and numbness or weakness is 24 hours too many. These are the symptoms of spinal stenosis, a progressive condition caused by wear and tear and frequently linked to osteoarthritis. 

You’re not alone if you deal with these symptoms either. Between 250,000 and half a million people suffer with this condition each year. For many of them, the only relief from spinal stenosis is surgery with its accompanying pain and sometimes lengthy recovery period. 

Because Dr. Steven Foley and Dr. Jacob Holdren are always interested in pursuing innovative treatments for conditions like spinal stenosis, visitors to the Regenerative Health & Wellness Medical Center can now take advantage of an exciting nonsurgical spinal stenosis treatment option: spinal decompression therapy

How did my spinal stenosis develop?

Your body does amazing things for you every day, from strenuous, targeted tasks to everyday things like walking and taking a spin on the dance floor. Over the years, wear-and-tear affects each of us in different ways, but spinal stenosis is a matter of overcrowding, essentially. It develops when the spaces in your spine narrow, which applies pressure to your nerves.

The unfortunate next step is worsening pain that can also limit your mobility. Even though some people exhibit no symptoms, it’s usually only a matter of time before you feel the condition’s effects.

Can spinal decompression provide relief for my spinal stenosis?

It absolutely does. Dr. Foley and Dr. Holdren embrace this option, because they’re impressed by the fact that spinal decompression is a gentle stretching treatment that repositions your spine and relieves the multiple symptoms caused by pressure. Your discs are freed, in a sense, from being so awfully crowded. 

A key benefit of spinal decompression is that it puts unique negative pressure on the cushiony discs that sit between your spinal bones. This negative pressure brought about by the treatment is thought to aid the allover revitalization of your discs, because it brings nutrients and oxygen to them and delivers healing and hydrating fluids their way, too.

Finally, spinal decompression relieves that awful, unrelenting pressure on your discs. Treatments even help shift any bulging discs you may also be dealing with, as well as retrieve errant disc material and reposition it correctly. 

Unlike linear traction, when your doctor performs spinal decompression treatment, the automated system he uses carefully monitors each increment of your treatment. Spinal decompression therapy is also used to treat other back issues like degenerative disc disease and herniated discs.

Treatments are safe, FDA-approved, and solve your stenosis without putting you through surgery, which is a huge draw for patients. 

What does spinal decompression feel like?

You might be concerned that any type of stretching, no matter how gentle, will be painful, but spinal decompression isn’t. We go over what you should expect from treatment, which involves putting on a harness to facilitate that all-important decompression, and reclining on a motorized treatment table. 

As always, we make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed throughout the entire treatment, which lasts on average about half-an-hour. The only thing patients report feeling during spinal decompression is a gradual stretching sensation as pressure on their discs abates. 

You can even halt the mechanized stretching with the push of a button if you feel any pain, no matter what juncture you’re at in the treatment. If your discs are in very bad shape, your initial treatments could cause some pain, but it’s neither intense nor long-lived. We work with you to determine how many treatments are optimal depending on your situation. 

Our patients’ reviews of spinal decompression treatment are consistently glowing. Contact the Regenerative Health & Wellness Medical Center office that’s closest to you to set up a consultation. You’re likely a great candidate for spinal decompression. 

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