If you slam your finger in a drawer, the fastest relief comes from opening the drawer, which eliminates the pressure. That’s the goal of spinal decompression therapy: relieving pressure off the spine and discs – decompressing them – that brings back pain relief through motorized traction therapy.
Dr. Frank Ostir, Ostir Physical Medicine in Joliet, recommends decompression therapy, because it’s a drug-free and non-surgical intervention to reduce lower back pain while restoring the spine’s stability.
“Decompression therapy is superior because we can target the exact disc in the spine that is causing the patient problems. We evaluate each individual and can tailor the treatment that heals and even re-shapes the disc, which takes pressure off the nerve. Less pressure means less pain,” he says.
Ostir explains how through a series of painless decompression treatments, the patient’s vertebrae are microscopically separated, which relieves pain and pressure, and allows blood and oxygen to flood the area for maximum healing.
Who qualifies? Decompression therapy may be recommended for people who’ve experienced episodes of excruciating, debilitating back spasms, which can last for days or longer. Ostir explains that people may think that their spasms were caused from the event that triggered the pain, such as bending down to pick something up. However, that event was just the tipping point, as the root problem likely had been growing, such as a disc beginning to bulge out of place.
He states, “While more traditional treatments can include drugs, difficult exercises, and even surgery, spinal decompression treatment is a non-invasive alternative. It’s been proven effective in treating many conditions, including sciatica, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. It’s successful for both chronic or intermittent pain.”
Ostir adds, “We examine the patient to determine the underlying back issue, and recommend the least invasive and best solution possible.”