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Spinal Decompression for Back Pain

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Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints we hear from our viewers. Chiropractor, Dr. Peter Osborne, with Town Center Wellness in Sugar Land shares his opinion about spinal decompression and if it eases their pain.

"Spinal decompression is very effective therapy for people who have degenerative disc disease in their backs and necks. I think it would be something worth looking into," says Dr. Osborne. He suggests you find a doctor who has a spinal decompression table and get a consultation, to find out if the therapy is beneficial.

During this therapy, the patient lies on a table, with their knees propped up. "Straps are placed on the patient because the table pulls based on an angle. So if you have a degenerative disc or herniated disc at a certain level, we can accommodate the table to target that particular area where you have your degenerative disc.

We have you on certain harnesses and you wear headphones, listen to music and just take a nap and relax, the table does the rest. It takes 20 minutes for treatment," explains Dr. Osborne. He says many people feel their pain starting to ease after five to ten treatments, but it takes at least twenty sessions for the therapy to work.

"You could see the results forever, if you took care of yourself, ate properly, had the right nutrition, and exercised appropriately," says Dr. Osborne. He goes on to say, "If your disc was caused because your life was too sedentary, because you don't exercise enough and you sit down at a desk for twelve hours a day, is there a likelihood that disc problem is going to come back?

Yes, you also have to take and make modifications to your lifestyle and adjust things that got you to that herniated disk in the first place. Otherwise, there's always the likelihood that it will come back." Spinal decompression is not covered by insurance at this point, but Dr. Osborne says it is recognized by the FDA, so he hopes it will be covered soon.

As for the price, Dr. Osborne says each session runs about $180, so a total session of 20 would run about $3500. Surgery to help the problem would cost at least $20,000. For more information: http://towncenterwellness.com/services/spinal-decompression/

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