Lumbar (Low Back) Pain Decompression

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Spinal Decompression as a Lumbar Pain Treatment

Spinal decompression as a surgical procedure for lumbar pain generally refers to any type of surgery performed on the lower part of the spine that is intended to relieve compression of the spinal nerves or nerve root, thereby resolving the pain symptoms associated with it.

Lumbar Pain Treatment – Spinal Decompression

Decompression as a treatment for lumbar spine conditions reduces pain and increases mobility. As a surgical procedure, decompression generally refers to any surgery that relieves compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots. However, there are state-of-the-art compression procedures that can achieve the same objective in a non-invasive manner.

Is Spinal Decompression the Right Lumbar Pain Treatment For You?

Surgical Lumbar Decompression

The expert spine team at BASIC is pleased to offer our patients a number of potentially beneficial surgical decompression options for lumbar pain that has not resolved using more conservative treatments such as physical therapy, medication or chiropractic care.

The Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) procedure is used to treat lumbar spinal stenosis caused by arthritis or other degenerative spine conditions. These conditions present as lumbar or low back pain in many patients suffering from them. The MILD procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under only light sedation or local anesthesia. It is usually completed in less than one hour and requires only a small puncture with no need for stitches and no open surgery like some other decompression procedures. Benefits of the MILD procedure include quicker recovery time, reduced chance of infection, and less patient discomfort. The procedure offers an alternative to patients who have been told they require surgery to treat the cause of their lumbar pain, but who want to avoid the potential risks and complications that can come with an open spine procedure. Few physicians are trained in the use of this procedure, but the spine surgeons at BASIC are certified and experienced in performing it.

Other minimally invasive surgical decompression procedures used to treat the underlying cause of lumbar spine pain that are performed by highly-trained and vastly experienced BASIC spine surgeons include:

  • Lumbar Discectomy and Microdiscectomy
  • Laminectomy or Laminotomy
  • Foraminectomy or Foraminotomy

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

This state-of-the-art chiropractic adjustment as a lumbar pain treatment is designed to work together with your spine and muscles as a very effective program that gives patients a new possibility in freedom from low back pain in a non-medication and nonsurgical way. A computerized decompression table is used to gently stretch and elongate the spine while re-hydrating the intervertebral discs and easing the compression on the surrounding nerves, which can result in the lumbar and associated symptoms.

At a Glance: Decompression as a Lumbar Pain Treatment

  • When using medication for lumbar pain, keep in mind that increasing the recommended dosage will not necessarily ease the pain and should not be done without the treating physician’s knowledge
  • Most pain medications are best taken with food in order to minimize gastric discomfort
  • Combining medications can be dangerous, never do this without talking to your doctor about it
  • Some medications should be used only at night because of their sedative effect

Health Tips For Lumbar Spine

  • Lower back pain can be well managed and even prevented if you exercise regularly
  • Lower back injuries can be caused by sudden impact or strain, so be careful when walking on slippery surfaces, and remember to lift using your leg muscles
  • When carrying heavy items, try to distribute the weight evenly
  • Avoid sitting in one position for long periods of time –get up and stretch frequently

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