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Spinal Disc Decompression in Austin

Help for Degenerated Spinal Discs

Austin spinal decompression at American Chiropractic Clinic -- Austin

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The bones of the spine are separated and cushioned from one another by a highly specialized tissue called a disc. Discs help the spine bend and also absorb all the knocks, shocks and bumps that it endures on an everyday basis. The disc itself has a tough outer wall that surrounds a core gel-like substance. The gel-like core is under considerable internal pressure, which gives it its “bounce” — but it also contributes to the disc’s distress if it ruptures.

Herniated and degenerated spinal discs that press on spinal nerves are among the most common causes of lower back pain. When a disc bulges or ruptures, it can cause back, neck, arm or leg pain, sometimes so intense it disables the victim!

Some of the most common causes of thinning discs include spinal injury, repeated occupational stress (such as constant sitting or standing in a non-optimal way), aging, excessive weight, and even previous (unhealed) trauma.

State-of-the-Art Spinal Disc Decompression in Austin

Spinal discs seldom heal without proper treatment because the discs are constantly under the internal pressure that contributed to the problem in the first place. This is why the state-of-the art Spinal Disc Decompression Therapy at American Chiropractic Clinic — Austin uses a specifically-designed spinal decompression table, and is a vital treatment option.

Here are some facts regarding this cutting-edge therapy:

  • Nonsurgical, safe and painless
  • Approximately 70–80% of patients report good to excellent relief of their symptoms
  • It’s designed to correct the underlying problem, not just relieve symptoms
  • There’s a predetermined treatment protocol
  • The computerized application of traction causes the disc material to rehydrate and retract substantially, affording significant pain relief

How Decompression Works

A typical treatment session consists of 15 to 20 minutes of gentle decompression followed by 15 to 45 minutes of therapy. The patient is fully clothed and comfortably positioned on the disc-decompression table for the computer-controlled stretching procedure, which reduces the disc’s internal pressure. The process itself is painless; it’s not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during treatment!

Most patients experience significant relief of their symptoms between 15 and 20 sessions. This therapy is frequently not covered by health insurance plans, however. The average recommendation is 20 visits, usually done on a daily basis followed by a rest on the weekends. At the conclusion of the treatment series, when the disc injury has been corrected, patients are given mobilization and strengthening exercises to avoid re-injuring the affected area.

After only a few weeks of treatment, research has demonstrated outstanding results in the relief of the debilitating pain caused by these conditions or situations:

  • Degenerated, bulging, herniated or ruptured discs
  • Sciatica
  • Posterior facet syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Failed back surgery cases

Most patients are able to return to normal levels of activity at work or recreation in just a few weeks!

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If you’d like to see if you’d be a candidate for our cutting-edge spinal decompression therapy, call us today for a convenient appointment! (512) 346-5567

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