Learning More About Decompression

disc-drawingsDecompression is a word which has several meanings but in this context, it refers to a surgical or non-surgical procedure used to reduce pressure on any compressed structure of the body for instance the spinal cord. If performed to ease the pressure that has piled up on one or several pinched nerves (neural impingement) of the spinal column, this type of decompression is medically referred to as ”spinal decompression’.

Spinal decompression can be achieved both surgically and non-surgically and is helpful in treating problems which may result in chronic back pain for instance spinal stenosis, degenerative spondylolisthesis, disc bulge as well as isthmic. These two methods have been broken down for you as follows;

  • 1) Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Non-surgical spinal decompression is a revolutionary technology for correcting spinal problems such as the ones listed above. It can be achieved by gently lengthening as well as releasing the spine thereby creating negative pressures in the spinal discs. This reverse of pressure gives rise to a vacuum within the disc space and helps to pull the bulging disc material back into place thereby taking pressure off pinched nerves as well as the surrounding soft tissue. Oxygen, fluids and nutrients are also pulled back into the disc and this helps accelerate the body’s healing process. This ground-breaking technology is very much effective and sustainable results have been achieved for chronic neck and back pain. The equipment used in non-surgical spinal decompression are very safe and FDA-approved.

  • 2) Surgical Spinal Decompression

This surgical procedure is performed to reduce pressure that has piled up on the spinal column. It may be carried out using either of the following common techniques;

a) Laminectomy/Open Decompression

This is an invasive surgical procedure whereby a small portion of the arch of the vertebrae is removed from the spine to ease the pressure on the pinched nerve. Laminectomy is an elective surgery intended for sick persons who have never had relief of back pain through more traditional treatment alternatives.

b) Microdiscectomy/Micro-decompression

Microdiscectomy is a less invasive surgical procedure whereby a part of a herniated nucleus pulpous is taken out with laser or a surgical device while using a loupe or microscope for magnification. This results in relief from back pain which may arise as a result of excessive pressure build up on the pinched nerve. If performed well, micro-decompression is equally effective and delivers lasting results. It has helped many people get relief from chronic neck and back pain.