Whether you have lower back pain, a pinched nerve, sciatica, radiating pain into the arms or legs, neck pain, or a variety of symptoms related to damaged or degenerative discs, spinal stenosis and post-operative complications, as well as syndromes of the lumbar and cervical spine. Spinal Decompression in Pittston may be for you.
Spinal Decompression in Pittston PA
Regular home exercise and periodic visits to our office will help in maintaining your spinal health and reduce the probability of reoccurrence. Clinical results of this procedure have been effective in over 75% of the patients treated and most patients find long-term relief or effective management of their pain when they complete the entire program of treatments utilizing the Spinal Decompression.
The gentle distractive forces of the Spinal Decompression create a decompression of the spine with unloading due to distraction and proper positioning, to improve blood flow and nutrient exchange to the injured area. You'll experience several cycles of stretch and relaxation, which graduates to a peak over a period of several minutes.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
Therapy sessions typically last less than 20 minutes, 3 times a week for 1 month, transitioning from passive to active treatments as you respond, with most patients feeling pain relief with as few as 6-10 treatments. Most patients are released from treatment after 8 weeks.
A complete program targeting the function of the stabilization ligaments, tendons and muscles is a vital part of Spinal Decompression. Exercise and adjunctive therapies such as heat, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and cold therapy can assist in rehabilitation of these structures. Our goal is to not only help heal the disc, but to also enhance muscular control and support of the back and neck.
Decompression Q & A
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:
- Spinal misalignment
- Herniated disc
- Spinal injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Bone disease
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
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.
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.