Colorado Springs Spinal Decompression for Herniated, "Hot," Degenerated, Bulging and "Slipped" Discs
You may have seen Colorado Springs Spinal Decompression advertised in the local coupon magazines or on TV, asking you to submit your information for a free CD or booklet. We don't play games like that.
In this article, we will give you everything you need to make an informed decision, as well as a link to a website to read more than 50 published medical abstracts about the benefits of traction, distraction and decompression and 6 published studies.
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What is Spinal Decompression?
The literal word is traction of the spine and the metaphorical word is "decompression." Traction actually means axial elongation resulting in intervertebral distraction.
Why Use Spinal Decompression?
Common uses of spinal decompression are for degeneration of the discs between the vertebra of the spine, herniated discs, hot discs, and bulging or slipped discs.
To the left is an MRI of a bulging disc, impeding nerve flow of the spinal cord.
The disc is the rubber-cement-like "washer" between each of the vertebra of the spine. When we are young, this disc is plump and creates sufficient distance between the vertebra to help the spine move freely without the vertebra touching. It's what allows you touch your toes, twist, and rotate.
A very interesting fact about the discs is that there is no blood flow to the discs of the spine. They receive all of their nutrients via movement - the pumping of the discs. Lack of movement will begin degeneration of the discs of the spine.
Though they aren't talked about very much in schools or the public, the discs of your spine serve a great purpose.
The problem comes when they degenerate, slip out of place or even rupture, so that the fluid spills out of the disc.
Disc degeneration can happen for many reasons but one of the simplest ways is dehydration due to a lack of water, smoking or aging. The width of the disc shrinks and eventually the vertebra begin to fuse together. This is a major problem.
The following is an example of what happens overtime, or as a result of injury:
What Symptoms Can Be Helped By Spinal Decompression?
Due to the important of properly functioning discs, when a disc is not functioning normally, it can create a laundry list of symptoms. Here is a short list of symptoms and diagnoses:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shooting Pain (sometimes described as fire) in the arms or legs
- Numbness in the arms, hands, legs or feet (sign of impeded nerve flow)
- Low Back Pain
- Spinal Stenosis
- Degenerated Disc
- Bugling Disc
- Chronic Spinal Pain
- Restricted Spinal Movement (Hunched over)
How Many Sessions Does Spinal Decompression Take?
As with many forms of true healing - rather than band-aid approaches - it takes time to heal a disc or to get it back into place.
This process can be sped up when spinal decompression is used in conjunction with other therapies (all offered at Thrive) such as chiropractic to re-align the spine, physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the spine, FDA-approved cold laser therapy, and even ice to reduce inflammation.
However, plan on a minimum of 20 treatments. If you are concerned about cost, consider the cost of a patient who recently chose to get a spinal fusion. Her bill was $250,000 (after insurance) for the surgery and $99,000 for physical therapy. Both bills were sent to her home and she will be sent to collections for the unpaid balance. A discectomy will cost approximately $50,000 - $100,000.
Traditional medical heath care costs account for 50-percent of bankruptcies in the US.
Spinal decompression in conjunction with these therapies is your affordable option.
How Much Does Spinal Decompression Cost?
Per treatment, our Colorado Springs spinal decompression costs $55. This is very affordable because we were able to purchase our machine at a fraction of the original sales price of spinal decompression tables, upwards of $125,000 - $150,000. You will find other clinics offering spinal decompression at $125 and up.
What type of table do we use for Spinal Decompression?After 6 months of research to find the best, most capable table, we chose the Kennedy Decompression Table.
We chose this table because it is both a cervical and lumbar table - meaning it treat discs in the neck and back - and the doctor can position the patient in many more positions than other tables like the DRX9000c. In fact, it is the only table that can treat a patient prone or supine (laying on their back or face).
Take a look at the following pictures one is the
DRX9000 and the other is the Kennedy table. Notice the variations in positions of the Kennedy Table, while the DRX9000 can only position the patient on their back.
The Kennedy table use hydraulics and lifts to comfortably move the patients torso or legs in more than 10 variations. This allows the doctor to create angular pulls on the spine, depending on the displacement of the disc.
If you have more questions, or would like a free consultation to discuss spinal decompression in Colorado Springs with one of our local doctors, then call us at 719.475.867.