Discs are cushions that are in between the bones of your spine, and are often compared to jelly donuts. They have a jelly-like substance inside of them that’s held in by an elastic-like band called the annulus. When the annulus breaks, the jelly erupts and seeps out. That results in pressure on the nerve root next to it – this is herniation. A herniated disc causes considerable pain and discomfort in the spine and extremities. Sometimes a disc will be displaced without actually herniating. This is commonly known as a slipped disc. In either case, they’re very painful and disruptive conditions, and spinal decompression could be the solution.

At Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center and Motorsports Rehab, we offer spinal decompression to treat a number of ailments, including herniated discs. Our medical staff, led by Dr. Jen Lidstrom, can evaluate your symptoms and offer treatment options that are best suited to your needs. To schedule your appointment, contact Lakeside Sports Chiropractic today or stop by our office located on the shores of Lake Norman in Cornelius.

Disc conditions rarely resolve on their own, mostly because discs are under continuous pressure. That pressure is part of the problem to begin with. Non-surgical spinal decompression involves no cutting, no scars and no hardware being screwed into your bones. You don’t even have to go to a hospital. It’s been highly effective at resolving disc related neck and lower back conditions.

With spinal decompression, you’re placed in a form of traction on a computer-controlled disc compression table. One harness is placed around your hips, while another harness is placed above your waist. Traction force is applied to the affected discs. This reduces pressure inside of the disc, allowing it to return to its intended shape and location. The negative pressure from traction creates a suction effect that returns the disc’s jelly to where it belongs. Blood flow is returned the area, and nutrients and water are allowed to reach it.

Each treatment lasts from 30 to 45 minutes and a typical course of therapy consists of 20-30 treatments. Either before or after therapy, you might also treated by mild physical therapy techniques that are painless.

Spinal decompression has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It provides patients with an excellent option aside from neck or back surgery, and it has a proven record of being very successful. Studies show significant improvement in patients’ conditions along with a success rate of more than 80 percent. It’s a remarkable and perhaps the most useful form of conservative treatment available, and the cost of spinal decompression therapy is a mere fraction of hospitalization, surgery and subsequent therapy.

If you suffer from chronic and debilitating neck or back pain, schedule an appointment and evaluation today. You’ll probably find spinal decompression therapy to be the best pain-free alternative to surgery that you’ve tried.