Colorado Springs Decompression Therapy for Neck Pain and Back Pain
Colorado Springs decompression has been in town for about 6 years now, and it is a highly effective treatment for herniated discs in the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) spine.
A herniated disc is when the plump disc between the vertebra of the spine bulges out of place and puts pressure on the nerves that run down the spine and to the extremities (legs and feet, arms and hands) and organs of the body.
The symptoms associated with a herniated disc can be shooting pain in the extremities, numbness in the extremities, pain in the neck or low back, restricted movement (bending over, dragging a leg, etc.), paralysis, inability to feel your arms or legs, muscle atrophy and loss of strength.
Options Besides Colorado Springs Decompression
There are many options for treating herniated discs, but it is our experience that none work better than Colorado Springs decompression therapy. The options include back surgery, prescription drug use, injections, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage and stretching.
If these treatments create relief, according to experience, research and patients' stories, it is temporary. The most non-invasive and effective way to manage the pain and the symptoms of a herniated disc is chiropractic, but it often does not eliminate the situation. Back surgery has a very high failure rate, and even its success rate is suspect, given that most successful back surgeries require future follow-up surgeries starting about two years after the first surgery. Injections degenerate the tissues of the spine and surrounding tissues and therefore only a small number are allowed, and they tend to work for about 2-6 months and then the patient needs another injection. Typically, three is the limit. Physical therapy tends not to work for helping with a herniated disc, however certain stretches can relieve pain and strengthen the area to create stability. Massage therapy does little for long-term relief.
How Does Colorado Springs Decompression Work?
Colorado Springs decompression therapy increases the space between the vertebra by using mechanical traction. This space allows the disc to move back into place. Along with spinal decompression, we use other therapies like chiropractic and laser therapy. Chiropractic aligns the spine and re-balances the body's structure, thereby removing undue pressure from the discs of the spine, and laser decreases inflammation and increase the healing of tissues in the spine and surrounding area.
Colorado Springs Decompression Offer
We offer a free exam as well as two free spinal decompression treatments for patients to first see if we can help them. You may ask, why? And how can we afford to do that?
Colorado Springs decompression usually takes a three month commitment from start-to-finish. Why would we expect you to make that type of commitment without knowing, believing and experiencing it working for you.
Some people are 90% better after one treatment, but depending on the age of the patient and the length of time the patient has had the injury, it may take up to 35 treatments. For this type of commitment, we believe it only makes sense that you get to trial the therapy first.
Plus, not everyone gets qualified for treatment. There are some health indicators that are contraindications for treatment.
So, first, see if we can help you. And then, we'll go from there.
What to Bring to Your Colorado Springs Decompression Exam
Most of the people that have been diagnosed with a herniated disc have some sort of diagnosis material, such as an MRI or X-rays. Please bring those to your first appointment. This can either be the actual image or the report from the radiologist regarding the image, or (ideally) both.
X-rays tell us a lot about the spine, however they do not show the soft-tissues of the spine (such as the discs). We can measure the space between discs and use other analysis to determine the possibility of a slipped disc, but MRIs offer little room for speculation.
So, ideally you have an MRI and bring it with you. But if you do not have an MRI or X-rays, don't worry, you can still come. We have a digital X-ray facility in-house, and we can put you through a series of tests to identify what is going on. If we need to refer out for an MRI, they are often paid for by insurance.