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Spinal Decompression

Started by Grace7777 on 01/12/2011 6:03pm

Hi, my name is Grace and I'm new to this forum.

I hope someone can help me with making this decision.
Recently, I went to my doctor of 20 years for my chronic back pain. He did an x-ray and found out that I have Spinal Stenosis. So, he told me of some treatment options and gave me a mild pain medication.

Well, I went for physical therapy and that worked, but my back pain came back within a few weeks. I really just don't have time to keep going to physical therapy. Anyhow, my doctor recommended a treatment called Spinal Decompression and gave me this link:http://www.northwestspineclinic.com/services/spinal-decompression/ I don't know how legitimate this is. . .
Can anybody check out this link and tell me if that's how the procedure's done? Is it safe? How long does the pain stay gone?
I don't know anyone who has had this done, and I'm kind of scared of new things.
Thank you for your time.
I'd appreciate any feedback or comments.


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Hi Grace, If you have access to the internet, by all means check out the information in the website that your doctor recommended. You may also want to type spinal decompression into the window of your search engine, whether it's google, yahoo, dogpile or something else. The best thing you can do is educate yourself. Remember, knowledge is ammunition. From what I've read about spinal decompression, it's another non-surgical technique that can provide relief for 70% patients. It is fairly new which could explain why you haven't heard of anyone undergoing the procedure. In any case, you will most likely be referred to a spine specialist who will order an MRI before anything is done. The MRI will show a better picture of the whole spine. It's possible that a different procedure may be more appropriate and it's possible you may find you have multiple issues, such as degenerating discs or something.
If you are not afraid of the water, you may find that pool therapy will help a great deal. The water must be very warm (at least 90 degrees) and a competent Physical therapist will be able to show you exercises that are helpful for your specific condition. Simply hanging with a foam noodle in deep water takes a great deal of pressure off the spine. Sitting on one of those big exercise balls also takes pressure off the spine. Certain exercises, whether on land or in the water, can help but they must be performed on a regular basis to provide relief. Good Luck with whatever direction you ultimately take.


Hi Grace,
I have a ruptured ,torn disk l5-s1 ,along with severe DDD in neck and back.I have had everything done,including round of spinal decompression,all i can tell you is it gave me small amount of pain relief that didn't last for about a week.It is worth a try,seeing that everyone's case and results could be different.Good Luck.
nurse in pain.


Thanks to both of you Susanne and Nurse. I had the treatment done after I read all I could find, which was pretty much all on that site. There really isn't too much information out there about spinal decompression.

I did have relief after my treatment, and now I"m going back once a week. I'm pretty surprised at the results!

Thanks so much for your kind responses and I"m sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you.



Good for you. I'm so glad you didn't opt for an invasive procedure and got relief from decompression. More people need to try alternatives to the primtive invasive procedures that are common today. Traditional open back surgery still requires a hammer and screwdriver.

Blessings to you for years of relief,


hi, just read your letter.i too am going thru a diagnosis of spinal stenosis.
I`M 72 male, ex phys.Ed teacher.One of the best things i`ve found are my YOGA asanas/exercises
which i`ve been doing for years.They all help stretch/strengthen the spine and give me relief from pain.I do a set every day after getting out of bed and having a warm shower.Itakes me an hour to get mobile ready for the day.I REPEAT THAT EVERY DAY!I also take PANADOL
OSTEO plus NAPROSYN as medication available on scrip thru doc here in AUSTRALIA..
I`m going to an osteopath/physio now and starting a course of SPINAL DECOMPRESSION on one of the machines.I did alot of research/reading on this.pop in SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY into google etc and read away.My dad who was a physician ALWAYS said` be your own doctor!find out as much as you can apart from your GP and healthcare advisors.
I CAN LET YOU KNOW HOW IT PROGRESSES FOR ME!and love to hear from others who have tried it!
I had a 2nd OPINION and was referred to a NEUROSURGEON No thanks until Ive tried
conservative alternatives.
Hope any of this helps