Decompression Therapy for Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar Decompression Therapy is used to treat patients with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) and other ailments such as sciatica, muscle spasm and nerve root irritation. Spinal Stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within the spinal canal, which can put pressure on the nerve roots exiting each vertebrae.

There are 3 general types of spinal stenosis:

  1. Foraminal stenosis (lateral stenosis) - compression or inflammation of a spinal nerve due to the narrowing of one or more intervertebral foramen (the bony openings on each side of spinal vertebrae through which nerve roots pass)
  2. Central canal stenosis - compression or inflammation of the spinal cord due to the narrowing of the vertebral foramen (the bony opening in the center of the vertebra that protects the spinal cord as it runs down the spinal canal)
  3. Far-lateral stenosis - narrowing of areas surrounding nerve roots once they have exited from a foramen (typically caused by spine degeneration or injury)

... that occur anywhere along the spine but most commonly in the neck (cervical spinal stenosis) and lower back (lumbar canal stenosis), also known as lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). Symptoms include pain, tingling and numbness in the low back that may or may not radiate into the legs with reduced ability to stand and walk.

What causes Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal Stenosis may be the result of aging and degeneration of the spine as well as increased bone, causing bone overgrowth growth (also known as arthritic bone spurs), bulging or herniated discs, thickening of the spinal ligaments, spinal fractures and injuries, spinor cord cysts or tumors and a congenital condition in which someone is born with a small spinal canal. It can also be caused as a result of an injury, known as injury-induced spinal stenosis. Improper lifting technique is a common cause of injury-induced spinal stenosis because it can damage discs and even move vertebrae out of alignment.

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal Decompression is a safe noninvasive treatment that is a therapeutic option to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. It can help reduce the severity of your lower back and leg pain. It also may increase mobility for those patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS).

How Decompression Works

Decompression relieves pressure that builds up on the discs and nerves. The task of relieving pain is a result of the application of negative pressure to reverse high intra-disc pressure.

The pain is relieved by moving areas of herniated disc back into place by the creation of negative pressure to draw disc material back into the disc space and relieve pressure. Decompression allows for strengthening of the outer ligament bands that hold the disc material in place and which become weak and stretched during the bulging effect.

Decompression Therapy Might be the Solution for You

At Carteret Physical Therapy Spinal Decompression Therapy is included in your Physical Therapy visit and there is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. Many other centers want to sell you 20 treatments for $2000 dollars…that is not the case at Carteret Physical Therapy...again there is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for this treatment if you are receiving conventional Physical Therapy at our office.

Free Consultation: At Carteret Physical Therapy there is NEVER a fee for a consultation or to talk about your health issues. Please feel free to call Judy at our office 973-564-8878 to arrange your free consultation today.