Cervical Decompression

cervical decompression

Cervical Decompression

Cervical decompression has been around for many decades and is often used in Physical Therapy and/or Chiropractic practices. In recent times, patients have been able to acquire one through a medical prescription or buy a device online. However, administering cervical decompression accurately is important and should only be monitored by a real healthcare professional. Cervical decompression units can be an entire table set-up or even a travel-size, portable unit. Both versions of the device do an amazing job and it’s worth trying if you haven’t yet.

What Does Cervical Decompression Help With?

Cervical decompression primarily helps with two main health conditions: a varying level of disc herniations and facet joint problems. Both conditions can cause localized or traveling (radiating pain). In some cases, patients may experience excruciating pain going into the arm or back of the shoulder. This is known as “cervical radiculopathy.” The main premise behind cervical decompression and disc herniations is to expand the disc space cavity. Disc herniations most often happen towards the backside of the vertebrae and can leak into the left, right, or central foramen (space where the cord or nerves reside). Disc herniations that protrude into the central foramen or the spinal canal are often more severe than the left or right foramen due to the location of the spinal cord. In regards to cervical decompression and facet joint problem, patients may also benefit from using this form of therapy. In facet joint problems, the joint that connects two spinal vertebrae on either side may become encroached or narrowed due to injury/trauma/natural progression of degenerative arthritis – also known as – osteoarthritis. Over time, the facet joint may become arthritic and while arthritis is irreversible, cervical decompression can help expand the joint space as well. In these cases, it is best to use cervical decompression in conjunction with Upper Cervical specific spinal care to positively re-establish a patient’s balance. Restoring balance, over time, takes pressure or load off of one side of the spine.

How Long Does It Take To Feel Results?

Results vary from person to person and the severity of the issue. However, our office strongly recommends twice a week sessions for 4-8 weeks, depending on whether it is a disc or facet joint problem. In some cases, patients may experience relief faster or later. It is, however, important to track a patient’s progress over time and make changes to the treatment plan if necessary. In the beginning, cervical decompression may cause short-lived soreness. It is best to ice or apply moist heat for 15-20 minutes in the affected area few times per day. Rest assured, your healthcare physician will be monitoring and taking care of you as treatment progresses.

Main Takeaway

Cervical decompression is an excellent therapy that is used by Physical Therapists and Chiropractors around the world. Whether you have localized pain in the neck, pain that travels from the neck into the shoulder(s), pain upon neck movement, or cervical disc issues, cervical decompression can provide amazing results over time. While decompression units are available to the general public, it is strongly advised to partake in this treatment under the supervision of a trusted healthcare physician. To learn more, please visit our website at www.mariettagachiropractor.com or call us (770) 353-9339. Someone from our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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