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Spinal Decompression

Integrative Medicine located in Simi Valley and Van Nuys, CA

Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression services offered in Simi Valley and Van Nuys, CA

If you’re recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery, spinal decompression therapy can speed up the process and reduce your risk of complications. At SoCal Medical Center in Simi Valley and Van Nuys, California, the experienced team offers integrative medicine and pain management services, including spinal decompression therapy, to people of all ages. Call the medical practice to request a consultation or book an appointment online today.

Spinal Decompression Q&A

What is spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression relieves pressure on the spinal cord or one or more compressed nerve roots passing through or exiting the spinal column.

Spinal decompression therapy can be a crucial component in treating spinal radiculopathy (damaged or pinched nerve), disease of the spinal cord (myelopathy), and claudication (pain in the thigh, buttocks, legs, or arms).

There are two forms:

Nonsurgical spinal decompression 

This form is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. It works by taking pressure off spinal discs (gel-like cushions between bones in the spine).

As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine to bring you relief. Spinal decompression also helps promote the movement of oxygen, water, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs, allowing for healing.

Surgical spinal decompression

Surgical spinal decompression is another option for treating certain types of back pain. It’s usually recommended as a last resort. If other methods don't work, your doctor might suggest surgical spinal decompression for bulging or ruptured discs, bony growths, or other spinal problems.

Why would I need spinal decompression?

If you experience lasting back pain and other related symptoms, you may be unable to think of little else except finding relief. Spinal decompression therapy might be the solution you have been searching for.

Doctors have used nonsurgical spinal decompression to treat:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain 
  • Sciatica (weakness, pain, or tingling that extends down the leg)
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Disc disease
  • Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome)
  • Diseased nerve roots
  • Injured nerve roots
  • Pain from a car accident

In addition to nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy, the team of doctors can also recommend a combination of exercises, heat or cold therapy, limited rest, bracing, and steroid injections as part of your treatment plan.

How does spinal decompression therapy work?

Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine and changing the position and force of the spine. 

SoCal Medical Center offers spinal decompression therapy to adults alongside specialized pain management services. Your doctor can refer you to a recommended practitioner if you need more specialized care.

The team takes an integrative medicine approach, combining the most effective treatments from mainstream medicine with safe, proven complementary therapies so that patients benefit from the best of both. The practice prides itself on providing patient-centered care with a personalized touch.

Call SoCal Medical Center today or book an appointment online to learn more about spinal decompression therapy.