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Understanding the Spinal Anatomy

The spine is composed of 33 vertebrae, which are separated by intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers for the spine. The discs consist of a tough outer layer called the annulus fibrosus and a soft gel-like center called the nucleus pulposus. The spinal cord runs through the center of the vertebrae and is surrounded and protected by the vertebral column.

The spinal cord contains nerve roots that branch out to various parts of the body and transmit sensory and motor information to and from the brain. When the spinal cord or nerve roots are compressed, you experience pain and numbness. Spinal decompression alleviates this compression and promotes healing of the affected area.

women during spinal decompression in Las Vegas

Drawbacks of Decompressive Surgery:

  • High risk of complications, such as infection, bleeding, or nerve damage
  • Lengthy recovery that involves weeks of downtime
  • Weeks of physical activity and rehabilitation necessary
  • Limited mobility or range of motion after surgery
  • Potential for repeat or additional surgeries
  • Expensive and not always covered by insurance
  • Performed under general anesthesia, which increases the risks

To learn more about spinal decompression in Las Vegas, reach out to our office for an appointment.

Other Conservative Treatments:

  • Chiropractic adjustments and joint mobilization
  • High-dose laser therapy
  • Skilled manual therapy
  • Integrated functional rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy

Summit Integrated Health offers a unique and comprehensive approach to treating spinal conditions. We only offer non-surgical, safe, and pain-free treatments that address the root cause of your conditions, alleviate pain, and improve mobility. We aim to provide lasting relief from pain, so you can return to your normal activities promptly.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression: The Modern Approach

Non-surgical spinal decompression is a modern solution for spinal conditions that cause spinal cord compression. It was invented due to poor success rates and risks associated with traditional surgeries. In 1991, Dr. Allan Dyer created a device that mechanically reduces nerve compression. By applying a sufficient axial load to the spine, he reasoned it could create a vacuum in the disc that could reduce the protrusion of a herniated disc. This therapy quickly gained popularity among healthcare providers.

Spinal decompression in Las Vegas machines gently stretch the spine, creating a vacuum inside the discs and joints. This negative pressure can reduce disc bulges, draw nutrients and water into the disc, reduce swelling and inflammation, and improve joint motion. Non-surgical decompression is the chief treatment for nerve compression and disc conditions and can be used alone or in combination with other therapies to promote healing and relieve pain. Furthermore, there’s no downtime, anesthesia, or infection risks.

The Rise of Sedentary Lifestyles & Chronic Pain

The rise of sedentary lifestyles has led to increased chronic pain conditions, including those affecting the spine. Many people spend long hours sitting at a desk or in front of a computer, which can cause poor posture, muscle imbalances, and spinal misalignments. These issues can contribute to developing conditions like herniated discs, sciatica, and spinal stenosis.

From 2000 to 2007, the number of adults in the US suffering from chronic back pain increased by 64%, leading to an increase in surgeries such as spinal fusions and laminectomies. Decompressive surgery is the traditional approach to pain caused by nerve compression, but thanks to recent advancements, spinal decompression has emerged as an effective, non-surgical solution to chronic back pain. For more information on spinal decompression in Las Vegas, contact our office for an appointment.

Symptoms & Conditions Treated:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Radiating pain in the arms or legs
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Muscle weakness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Herniated discs
  • Bulging discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet syndrome
  • Pinched nerves
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Posterior facet syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Other conditions that compress the nerve roots
woman before spinal decompression in Las Vegas

Candidates for Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression therapy can be an effective treatment option for various spinal conditions and symptoms. At Summit Integrated Health, we have helped thousands of patients find relief from disc conditions and nerve compression without drugs, injections, or surgery. We aim to provide our patients with safe, effective, and affordable treatment options. We offer free consultations to determine if spinal decompression therapy is right for you.

While surgery may be necessary in some cases, we believe in providing conservative treatment first. To determine if a patient is a good candidate for spinal decompression, we evaluate the medical history, conduct an orthopedic and neurological examination, and administer diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or electrodiagnostic tests. If a patient is determined to be a good candidate for spinal decompression in Las Vegas, we provide recommendations outlining the specific therapies, their frequency and duration, and the expected improvement over time.

Benefits of Spinal Decompression:

  • Non-invasive treatment
  • No incisions, injections, or anesthesia
  • Alleviates pain caused by nerve compression
  • Improves overall mobility and range of motion
  • No downtime after treatment
  • Minimal side effects
  • Addresses the root cause of spinal conditions
  • More affordable than traditional spinal surgeries

Decompressive Surgery: The Traditional Approach

Decompressive surgery is a traditional solution for spinal conditions that cause compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots. While some decompressive surgeries can be completed as outpatient procedures, more serious cases may require hospitalization. Before the surgery, patients are typically advised to participate in a conditioning program, such as physical rehabilitation, for a few weeks to prepare their bodies for the procedure.

Following the surgery, patients may experience some downtime, and returning to work full-time may take days to weeks, depending on the individual’s recovery. Additionally, rehabilitative physical therapy is usually necessary to rebuild strength and stability and promote healing. While decompressive surgery can effectively treat certain spinal conditions, it has a poor success rate and a high incidence of complications.

Your Spinal Decompression Session

During a spinal decompression in Las Vegas, you will be fully clothed and lie down on a specialized decompression table that is similar to an inversion table but lays flat. A harness is placed around your hips, which attaches to the lower part of the table near your feet. Depending on your condition and the area being treated, you may lie face down or face up on the table.

The lower part of the table will move slowly back and forth, creating a gentle traction force that stretches the spine and helps to create negative pressure within the spinal discs to reduce pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. You should not feel pain, but you may experience muscle relaxation and a stretching sensation. The number of sessions will depend on your needs and treatment plan, but most sessions last 10 to 30 minutes.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’re experiencing back pain, neck pain, or other symptoms related to spinal conditions, schedule a consultation with Summit Integrated Health. Our team of healthcare professionals works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals. We offer various non-surgical treatment options, including spinal decompression in Las Vegas, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and more. Schedule your consultation and take the first step toward lasting relief from your symptoms in the Las Vegas Metro Area.

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