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Vertebral Axial Decompression

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal Decompression is the latest non-surgical traction based treatment for chronic low back or neck pain. The special table has a computerized traction unit that was pre-programmed with settings that are designed to create muscle relaxation along with traction. These settings will allow decompression between the specific vertebral levels to occur, thus causing negative pressure within the disc space. For herniated discs, the negative pressure will pulled the herniated disc back into its normal space allowing proper healing. The amount of healing may not be perceivable after each treatment, but overtime the results remarkable.

What Conditions Will Spinal Decompression Help?

Spinal decompression can be beneficial to people who are suffering from:

  • Herniated Discs
  • Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Numbness and Tingling in Hands
  • Failed Back Surgery

Is Spinal Decompression a Complete Therapy?

Though spinal decompression is beneficial for patients with herniated discs, we believe that spinal rehabilitation will help prevent relapse and spinal manipulation will help keep the spine healthy. Depending on the patient, associated therapies may vary. Therapies can include therapeutic ultrasound, neuromuscular re-education, muscular rehabilitation, and therapeutic massage.

How Long Will the Treatments Be?

The amount of treatments will vary depending on the severity of the condition. Each session usually varies between 15-30 minutes.

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of treatment will depend on the condition. A typical treatment varies between $1000-$3000. For the results and compared to surgery this is a minimal fee. We offer payment plans and we accept credit cards.

Am I a Candidate for Spinal Decompression?

If you are suffering from herniated discs in the neck or low back or have leg pain or pain in the arms or hands you may be a candidate. In order to make sure we have the proper diagnosis, we will perform a complete history and physical examination. Examinations can include orthopedic exams, neurological exams, surface electromyography (sEMG), x-rays and a MRI. These tests will help determine the severity of the conditions and aid in the treatment protocol. Contact our office to schedule your appointment to see if you are a candidate for spinal decompression.


The American Journal of Pain Management reported “good to excellent” relief in 86% patients with Herniated discs, with back pain and sciatica symptoms being relieved. Good to excellent results were also obtained in 75% of those with facet syndrome.

In a recent journal article in Orthopedic Technology Review titled Surgical Alternatives: Spinal Decompression, results showed that 86% of the 219 patients who completed the therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms while 84% of patients remained pain free 90 days post treatment. Physical examination findings showed improvement in 92% of the 219 patients, and remained intact in 89% of these patients 90 days after treatment.

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