Preparing for Spinal Decompression
Neither non-surgical or surgical will correct underlying causes of spine pain. For this reason, it’s important for patients to achieve an accurate diagnosis. Making positive lifestyle adjustments with diet and exercise may also improves results with decompression techniques or procedures.
Results from Spinal Decompression
Surgical decompression is successful approximately 80 to 90 percent of the time. Studies on spinal decompression therapy have shown success rates ranging from 70 to 85 percent. Individual results will depend on several factors, including whether or not there are additional sources of back or neck pain and the overall health of the patient.
The first attempt at spinal decompression is usually with non-surgical treatments unless there is a pressing medical urgency to relieve pressure on nerves. Spinal decompression is sometimes combined with traditional remedies for spine-related discomfort, including massage therapy, heat and ice applications, and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs. Surgical decompression is usually followed by physical therapy to recondition back-supporting muscles.