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Neck or back pain can be so agonizing and debilitating that many sufferers would do anything to rid themselves of it -- even if it meant undergoing major spinal fusion or disc surgery, or accepting the risks and side effects of painkilling medications that mask their pain but do nothing to correct its cause. If you're considering taking these drastic measures, you need to know about the safe, conservative, effective non-surgical alternative called non-surgical spinal decompression that we offer here at Summit Medical Care Center.
A variety of injuries, degenerative conditions and alignment problems can create compression and around the spinal column. A traumatic event such as an auto accident injury or sports injury is an obvious example. The jarring of the spine upsets the vertebral balance and forces discs to herniate or bulge onto sensitive nerve tissues, causing pain and other symptoms such as tingling, muscle weakness or loss of sensation in the extremities. These problems may occur in the cervical spine (neck) or in the lumbar spine, with symptoms described as cervical radiculopathy (in the upper extremities) or sciatica (in the lower extremities).
Spinal displacement issues can also occur naturally. For instance, age-related dehydration and flattening of the discs can encourage the discs to bulge out onto neighboring nerve roots while also putting stress on the joints that articulate the spine. A progressive narrowing of the spinal canal called spinal stenosis may also result.
Spinal decompression therapy at Summit Medical Center can relieve the underlying cause of your distress without surgery or drugs. This process utilizes a motorized, computer-controlled table that imparts small yet effective amounts of distraction (outward-pulling) force on afflicted parts of the spine. This creates a kind of suction within the spinal column that pulls discs back into place -- and away from nerve tissue -- while also helping them regain hydration and height. It even "re-trains" surrounding muscles and tendons to assume a more supportive role in maintaining healthy spinal alignment. This makes it an excellent treatment for herniated/bulging discs, degenerative disc diseases, spinal arthritis and certain spinal injuries.
What can you expect from your first spinal decompression session? After we've performed all the necessary evaluations to confirm that you can indeed benefit from this therapy, all you have to do is lie still on our special motorized table while we administer the procedure, which takes only 15 to 30 minutes per session. The session causes no pain; in fact, you may feel some relief from your current symptoms right from the beginning (although multiple sessions are typically required to achieve the full effect). Patients tend to find spinal decompression a very relaxing experience.
If you're ready to explore a sophisticated, gentle yet powerful method for relieving disc-related spinal pain and other symptoms, call 303-466-3232 today for an appointment with Summit Medical Care Center. We can provide the conservative care your spine really needs!
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