Spinal Decompression Therapy Athens GA
People suffering from back pain often find that they have few good options. Often, they medicate the symptoms but never treat the problem, or they are faced with the frightening alternative of back surgery. Luckily, Dr. Ken Cook at Chiropractic Works in Athens, Georgia, knows that non-surgical spinal decompression is often the answer for people who are suffering from sciatica, facet syndrome, bulging or herniated discs, or even some cases of degenerative arthritis. Contact us today to learn more about your options for spinal decompression in Athens GA.
TreatmentSpinal decompression therapy can help with sciatica. Read more about sciatic nerve pain and how we can help. Learn More About Sciatica
TreatmentDecompression therapy can help with degenertive arthritis and discs in some cases. Read more about DDD treatment options here. Learn More About DDD
Facet Joint Syndrome
TreatmentFacet Joint Syndrome pain can be relieved with spinal decompression therapy. Read more about Facet Joint Syndrome treatment options. Learn More About Facet Joints
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We encourage people who are suffering from back pain to contact our office for an evaluation. The evaluation appointment is $125, and depending on how much treatment you need, the cost can be between $200 – $300 per week. During the evaluation, we can determine if we think your issue can be treated through spinal decompression. If you need lower back pain treatment or any other back pain help, please contact us online today.
Non-Surgical Approach to Spinal Decompression
“Non-surgical spinal decompression is a much more conservative approach to correctively address serious back conditions,” Dr. Cook explains. “The typical medical approach for most of the cases I see involves either oral medications to manage symptoms or epidural injections to temporarily affect the symptoms. Neither are corrective in effort and do nothing to try to improve the health of the joint, and finally, of course, surgery is a last resort, and it is not always successful. Decompression therapy is a much easier and non-invasive alternative to any of these options.
Back Decompression vs. TractionSpinal decompression is not the same thing as traction, though in some ways it looks like traction, Dr. Cook says. According to Dr. Cook, spinal decompression, also known as decompression therapy, involves a higher level of technology than traditional traction that involves a series of stretching and relaxation cycles to relieve patients suffering from lower back pain and leg pain due to herniated discs, bulging discs, sciatica, and facet syndrome.
How Spinal Decompression WorksThrough a slow, methodical non-surgical spinal decompression process utilizing the DRX 9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System, Dr. Cook is able to relieve the stress on the joints in the spine and allow nutrition to reach the disc nucleus. The DRX 9000 also allows Dr. Cook, in most cases, to target specific joints in the spine, thus directly impacting the issues causing pain for the patient. “It’s just a better technology,” Dr. Cook says. “Traction can be effective in some cases, but most often in an acute disc situation or a raging sciatic pain or a bulging or herniated disc situation, non-surgical spinal decompression is simply the better alternative to treat the cause of the pain,” Dr. Cook said.
Effectiveness of Decompression TherapyThe DRX 9000 also allows Dr. Cook, in most cases, to target specific joints in the spine, thus directly impacting the issues causing pain for the patient. “It’s just a better technology,” Dr. Cook says. “Traction can be effective in some cases, but most often in an acute disc situation or a raging sciatic pain or a bulging or herniated disc situation, non-surgical spinal decompression is simply the better alternative to treat the cause of the pain,” Dr. Cook said. Dr. Cook acknowledges that not every person is a candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression for back pain treatment, and it will not solve every issue. “Some factors can preclude people from being a good candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression,” Dr. Cook says. “That’s why we do a thorough work-up process – a real A-to- Z workup – before I will recommend this for any patient. And there may be some that the chances of a successful treatment will not be that good, and in those situations I just have to be honest with them and have a frank conversation about whether or not this is the best plan moving forward. A lot of times, though, people will want to try everything they can before they go under the knife, and I have seen it work even in situations where I did not know whether or not it would.”
Treatment Options for Back Decompression
“The DRX 9000 is a tool, and I believe it is important for me to use this tool with integrity and not just throw everybody on it just because I have it.”
Dr. Cook says people with osteoporosis or people with fractures in the ring of the vertebrae would not be candidates for the non-surgical spinal decompression. For some of his patients, Dr. Cook recommends a weight loss plan prior to non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. In some cases, patients who experience extreme claustrophobia may be unable to tolerate the machine.
For those patients whose back pain can be treated with non-surgical spinal decompression, the treatment protocols at Chiropractic Works can make life-altering differences.
Frequently Asked Questions
Non-surgical spinal decompression is a non-invasive method used by doctors to reduce pressure on the spinal cord, which relieves back pain.
Many things can contribute to lower back pain including sciatica, disc injuries, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, herniated or bulging discs, and more.
No, spinal decompression is not painful – it relieves pain.
Depending on the patient, lower back pain can begin to subside within 2-3 weeks.