Spine Traction May Works as Well as Surgery, but Comes with Fewer Unwanted Complications

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Spine Traction May Works as Well as Surgery, but Comes with Fewer Unwanted Complications

Spinal Decompression Therapy: Lower Back Traction or Surgery?

Low back traction, spine decompression, can help in many cases to be better than known risky last resort surgery. This is because it is a non-operative treatment option which provides the patient with the much needed relief from back pain with no risks of death and hardly any side effects unlike known surgeries.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy consists of mechanical traction that can be used to gently stretch the spine. This negative pressure within the discs allows for re-absorption of the herniated material and relieves pressure on the nerves. Some conditions that may benefit from this treatment include bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, or worn spinal joints. As with many new treatments, more research is needed to show how much more effective Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression is compared to alternate modes of treatment such as NSAIDS, Physiotherapy, exercise, or Chiropractic.

The process of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy typically involves multiple sessions over several weeks. Patients are fully clothed during the treatment and are fitted with harnesses around their pelvis and trunk while lying on a computer-controlled table. The treatment session may also include adjunctive therapies like electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat, or cold therapy.

It is crucial to consult with a healthcare provider before undergoing non-surgical spinal decompression therapy to determine if you are a suitable candidate. Individuals who are pregnant or have certain conditions like fractures, tumors, abdominal aortic aneurysm, advanced osteoporosis, or metal implants in the spine should not undergo this treatment.

Surgical spinal decompression is usually considered as a last resort when other conservative measures have failed to provide relief. Surgical procedures like laminectomy, microdiscectomy, foraminotomy, or corpectomy may be recommended based on the specific condition being treated. However, surgery carries inherent risks such as infection, bleeding, nerve damage, or allergic reactions to anesthesia.

According to what I know, traction (spinal decompression therapy) in many cases does help with lower back pain. The latest clinical data available does support the use of lumbar traction for treating patients with lower back pain, including those with sciatica. Traction is believed to work by relieving nerve compression, decreasing disc compression, increasing disc hydration, improving intervertebral joint mobility, or through other mechanisms.

Traction can be performed manually or through device-based non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. It has been used for thousands of years to treat lower back pain, and recent research indicates that it provides pain relief in 86% and does not address the underlying issues causing lower back pain.

According to what I know, complications of spine surgery can lead to various dangerous outcomes. One significant risk is the development of Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT), where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. These clots can travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism, which can be life-threatening. To reduce the risk of DVT, patients are advised to stay active during recovery or wear compression stockings.

Another potential complication is a dural tear, which may occur during spinal surgery. The dura, a protective sac covering the spinal cord, can tear leading to cerebrospinal fluid leakage. If not identified and repaired promptly, this can result in further issues post-surgery.

Additionally, lumbar decompression surgery poses a risk of nerve injury and paralysis. Some patients may experience new numbness or weakness in their legs post-surgery, while paralysis is a rare but severe complication that can arise from this type of surgery.

There is also a possibility of developing facial sores and vision loss due to positioning during surgery. Patients are positioned face down during lumbar decompression surgery, which can lead to facial pressure sores or redness over the forehead or chin.

Lastly, though rare, there is always a general risk associated with any surgical procedure – including spine surgeries – which is the risk of death.

In conclusion, lower back traction spine decompression is effective for treating lower back pain and preferred over surgery as a last resort due to its non-invasive nature and potential effectiveness in relieving back pain. Surgery should only be considered when conservative treatments have been exhausted or in cases where there is severe nerve compression or structural issues that require surgical intervention.

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