Often resulting from spinal stenosis, the narrowing of the spinal canal leads to increased pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, so they become swollen and inflamed. With spinal decompression, that pressure is released and irritation is reduced. It’s an effective way to find relief for the pain associated with pinched nerves in the spine.
Spinal decompression treatments can be accomplished both surgically and non-surgically. Non-surgical decompression therapy involves stretching the spine, usually on a traction table. For best results, non-surgical therapy includes a series of treatments.
If you are experiencing spine-related pain or numbness in your back or legs, visit your Mercy doctor. We’ll explore your options, and you’ll be able to decide which treatment is right for you.
Our team approach to care means your doctor will collaborate with surgeons and specialists from across the Mercy network. We’ll work together to help you restore mobility and find long-term pain relief.