Intervertebral Disc Decompression therapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive, proven treatment for lower back pain. The treatment can help relieve pain associated with herniated or bulging disks, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, spinal stenosis, posterior facet syndrome, spinal arthritis and acute or chronic back pain.
During the treatment you lie face-up on a spinal decompression table while a computer-driven device very gently separates the two vertebrae in your back that are pressing against each other and causing you pain. IDD therapy can isolate each of the five lumbar vertebra and pull them apart, allowing water, oxygen and nutrients into the disc area – an area that normally gets poor blood flow – to promote healing.
Treatment is safe, painless, comfortable and relaxing. To complete a full course of treatment, you’ll have about 20 treatment sessions, each lasting approximately 30 minutes, over the course of about 35 days.
There’s no recovery period with this outpatient procedure, and about 70 percent of patients who experience results with IDD remain pain-free after two years. If your lifestyle or work puts you at greater risk for back problems, a maintenance program may help keep your problems from growing worse. Several rehabilitation visits a week that could include moist heat, stretching and strengthening of the lumbar spine and legs (or neck and arms), and osteopathic manipulation as needed.