Back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the United States and the primary reason why millions of Americans visit a chiropractor each year. Although it is possible to pinpoint the cause of back pain, patients live with unexplained chronic discomfort in many circumstances. Back pain can come and go, and its severity can vary, but it can quickly become difficult to live with, particularly if you experience chronic episodes. Fortunately, some treatments can help, including traction therapy.
There are a variety of potential causes of back pain. If your chiropractor can identify a particular cause of your back pain, it may help determine which therapies and treatments are the most effective relief from your symptoms.
Some of the most common, identifiable causes of back pain include:
Bulging intervertebral disc
Degenerative disc disease
A pinched nerve
Accident and injury resulting in sprains, strains, and fractures
Sometimes known as spinal decompression therapy, traction therapy is a very successful technique for eliminating back pain and improving mobilization. Traction therapy typically uses a small manual or mechanical force to pull two spinal bones away from one another. This increases space between them and reduces pressure on them, the spinal disc, and surrounding nerves. As a result, water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids can reach the discs so that they can heal.
Traction therapy usually takes around 30-45 minutes per session. Patients are recommended to attend 15 to 30 appointments in 6 weeks for optimal results. A personalized treatment plan will be discussed with you at your consultation. This may change over time depending on how you respond to treatment.
There are several benefits associated with traction therapy for back pain. These include:
Works immediately. Improved healing will start immediately after your first session, which means that you will start noticing benefits such as reduced pain and improved mobility.
Safe and drug-free. There is no need for patients to have any anesthesia or other medication, as the process is completely non-invasive and safe for the vast majority of people. This eliminates a bit of the anxiety that patients may feel about undergoing spinal treatment. It also prevents most of the risks that are associated with spinal surgery.
Minimal side effects. There is no downtime needed following traction therapy. With minimal side effects, you can normally get back to your usual daily routine immediately.
Affordable. Spinal surgery is an expensive treatment and requires you to take time off work to recover and take pain medications, which could cost you even more. Spinal decompression/traction therapy is far less costly and has virtually no recovery period.
Contact our skilled chiropractic team for more information about how chiropractors use traction therapy for back pain. Schedule an appointment today and call Waterbury Chiropractic Wellness in Longmont, Colorado at (303) 485-7117.