Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression refers to various procedures or techniques aimed at relieving pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots in the spinal canal. This pressure can be caused by conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or other spinal abnormalities. The goal of spinal decompression is to create more space within the spinal canal, reducing compression on the nerves and providing relief from associated symptoms.

There are two main types of spinal decompression:

Surgical Decompression:

Laminectomy: As mentioned earlier, laminectomy involves the removal of a portion of the vertebral bone (lamina) to enlarge the spinal canal and alleviate pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots.


Microdiscectomy: This procedure is often performed to relieve pressure on a nerve root caused by a herniated disc. It involves the removal of a small portion of the herniated disc material that is pressing on the nerve.


Foraminotomy: In this procedure, the surgeon removes a part of the bony tunnel (foramen) through which nerve roots exit the spinal canal. This is done to relieve pressure on the nerves as they exit the spine.


Non-Surgical Decompression:


Spinal Traction: This involves stretching the spine using mechanical traction devices. Traction aims to create negative pressure within the spinal discs, promoting the retraction of herniated disc material and relieving pressure on nerves.


Inversion Therapy: Some people use inversion tables or boots to hang upside down, which is believed to reduce pressure on the spine and promote spinal decompression.


Non-surgical decompression devices: These devices use computer-controlled traction to stretch and decompress the spine. Patients typically lie on a motorized table that gently stretches and releases the spine.

Non-surgical decompression is often considered for individuals who may not be candidates for surgery or prefer a less invasive approach. However, the effectiveness of non-surgical decompression treatments can vary, and it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment based on an individual's specific condition and symptoms.

Spinal Decompression