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ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR DECOMPRESSION THERAPY?

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Not everyone with back pain is a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. As a Board-Certified Pain Medicine and a Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehab Physician, Dr. Jain has studied precise assessment protocols that enable her to determine if you have a compression problem; i.e., herniated disc or compressed nerve, or a movement disorder; i.e. improper firing of core stabilizing muscles, or a combination of both. Often it is a combination that can be missed by practitioners if only one component of the problem is addressed. Dr. Jain is also a Certified Decompression Therapy Practitioner and will systematically assess your spine to determine if spinal decompression would help or if perhaps another form of treatment is better suited for your case.

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For best results, a multi-faceted approach which includes a combination of medications, massage therapy, physical therapy, injections and spinal decompression may be needed. Please discuss your situation with our physician on staff.

Points to be noted:

  • Even if you don’t choose our clinic for spinal decompression therapy, please, find out how your doctor determines if you are a candidate for this procedure. It is a big decision with the big commitment of time and money and most importantly; it is your body. Make sure you’re getting the best advice and treatment out there.
  • Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe obesity, severe nerve damage, spondylolisthesis (grade 2 or higher), spondylolysis or for patients with unstable post-surgical conditions.
  • Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or “cages”) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery can be performed. This means a majority of post-surgical failures are still good candidates for treatment!
  • Other factors that could exclude the use of Decompression Therapy are pathological lesions or congenital deformities of the vertebral column that disrupt the integrity of the vertebral and ligamentous structures, such as fractures, tumor, severe osteoporosis, or spina bifida; and progressive disease or inflammatory processes of the spinal joints or muscles.
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