Decompression Specialist

Kevin Gehin, DC -  - Chiropractor

CoreMedical

Kevin Gehin, DC

Chiropractor & Medical Center located in Pittston, PA

When your spinal nerves are compressed, the pain is often severe enough to affect your ability to work and enjoy everyday life. Dr. Kevin Gehin at CoreMedical delivers pain relief with nonsurgical spinal decompression that removes pressure and helps your nerves heal. Don’t continue to suffer from back pain: Learn more about decompression treatment by calling their office in Pittston, Pennsylvania, or booking a consultation online.

Decompression Q & A

What causes spinal cord compression?

The bones in your spine, your vertebrae, form a column that protects nerves as they travel from your brain through the length of your spine. Along the way, clusters of nerves enter and exit your spine through small holes in each vertebra.

Compression occurs when any condition places pressure on your spinal cord. As a result, the nerves can become pinched or damaged.

Some of the most common causes of spinal compression include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal misalignment
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal injury
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Infection
  • Bone disease

What are the symptoms of spinal compression?

Your symptoms may develop quickly when an injury causes compression. They can also occur slowly if a degenerative disease like arthritis is the culprit. When symptoms arise, you may experience:

  • Pain and stiffness in your back or neck
  • Burning pain that radiates through your arms, buttocks, and legs
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms, hands, or legs
  • Loss of strength and feeling in your feet
  • Trouble with hand coordination

When compression affects nerves in your lower back, you can develop a rare but severe complication called cauda equina syndrome, which affects nerves that control bladder and bowel function. Rapid treatment is needed to prevent permanent damage.

If you have any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:

  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Severe numbness affecting your inner thighs, back of the legs, and between your legs
  • Severe pain and weakness that spreads into one or both legs

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a nonsurgical treatment to relieve the pressure on spinal nerves. During the procedure, Dr. Gehin uses mechanical traction to stretch your spine gently.

As your spine stretches, space is created between vertebrae and relieves pressure on the nerves. It also causes a type of negative pressure that helps pull herniated discs back into place and improves blood flow. Increased blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients that your nerves need to heal.

How does mechanical traction work?

During spinal decompression, you lie on a table, while a harness that’s attached to the bottom part of the table is wrapped around your hips. The upper part of the table stays still, while the lower part slides to provide traction and relaxation.

You’ll feel the gentle stretch of your spine, but you should not feel any pain during or after decompression treatment. Dr. Gehin may recommend a series of treatments over about six weeks to ensure optimal results.

Please don’t hesitate to book a consultation online or call Dr. Gehin any time you experience back or neck pain.