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Spinal Decompression

Many patients that would have had to endure surgery have found relief with our 

Laser Enhanced, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression 

Today, you don’t have to live with that pain anymore. Thanks to the concerted efforts of a team of top physicians and medical engineers, Spinal Decompression was developed to effectively treat neck pain, lower back pain and sciatica resulting from bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis. Spinal Decompression not only significantly reduces neck and back pain in many of our patients, but it has proven 80% effective for people who have not responded to physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, pain meds and epidurals.  

How does it work?

Spinal Decompression applies a specific distraction force to the effected spinal area which takes pressure off of the nerves and relieves nerve compression often associated with low back pain and sciatica. 



What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is a medical technology that helps treat the symptoms of low back and neck pain from herniated, bulging, degenerated and slipped discs. Spinal decompression is FDA-cleared and has been around for more than ten years. To date there have been more than 10 successful research studies done on spinal decompression and there are currently more than 5,000 clinics in the U.S. and Canada that are performing spinal decompression treatment.

In our office, we often combine Spinal Decompression with the Next Generation of Laser therapy to achieve even better results. Our Laser Enhanced Spinal Decompression treatment has been used with many of our patients who did not respond to other treatments.

We have found it to be of tremendous benefit for patients suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerated discs, slipped discs, and spinal stenosis. Even when physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, pain pills and shots have failed, most patients still receive dramatic pain relief in 4 to 6 weeks of the Laser Enhanced Spinal Decompression.


How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Decompression creates a vacuum inside the disc that helps to pull bulging discs and extruded disc material back into place, taking pressure off pinched or irritated nerves. It also opens up the areas where arthritis and stenosis are pinching the nerve wires.  Spinal experts believe that nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn into the disc to create a revitalized environment conducive to healing for both herniated and degenerated discs.  

Below is an MRI of a man who had an L3 disc problem causing severe pain.  He had tried chiropractic, physical therapy and epidurals without any relief.  His orthopedist told him that he needed surgery and that nothing else would help.  Before he scheduled surgery he wanted to try Laser Enhanced Spinal Decompression.  The picture on the left is his low back MRI from before he did Laser Enhanced Spinal Decompression. The one on the right is from after he completed his treatments.  Not only did the pain go away but we can see how much better his disc is after a course of Laser Enhanced Spinal Decompression.  No more pain = No Surgery!   

Before & After


What are the Treatments Like?

At the beginning of each session, you will be comfortably fitted with a harness.  During a session, you will notice a slow, gentle lengthening of your spine as your discs are gradually decompressed and relieved of pressure. The treatment process is safe and relaxing and lasts approximately 15-20 minutes..  It is also important to know that unlike other Spinal Decompression machines, our patients are always 100% in control of how much decompression is achieved at all times during the session. 


What is the Typical Treatment Protocol?

Based on the patients body weight, severity of pain, amount of damage and duration of symptoms, we will design a specific treatment plan based on your individual needs. Some conditions require fewer visits; some require more. A typical spinal decompression treatment protocol consists of a group of treatments over four to six weeks. Many patients report relief from their pain and other symptoms during the first few treatment sessions, and most experience dramatic pain relief after completion of their prescribed treatment program.


Why Would Spinal Decompression Work When Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Inversion Tables Have Failed?

While physical therapy, inversion tables and chiropractic manipulation may reduce disc pressures (to as low as 40 mm Hg), they do not come close to the effect of spinal decompression. It has been clinically proven that spinal decompression creates negative pressures as low as -110 mm Hg within the injured disc during the treatment session.


If I Undergo Spinal Decompression Therapy, How Long Will It Take to See Results?

Based on years of spinal decompression experience and hundreds of patients treated we have noticed that the overall success rate is consistent with the research at around 80% when doing Spinal Decompression alone. When we enhance the therapy by incorporating either the next generation of non-surgical Laser therapy or MagnaWave therapy the results are even better.  Closer to 90%.

We consider this success rate to be very good considering most of our patients have “tried everything else” with minimal or no relief, have at least a 6 out of 10 pain level and have been experiencing their pain for greater than 6 weeks. About 20% of patients will start seeing relief of pain within the first week. Around 40% of patients will have significant relief within 2–3 weeks. The remaining 30% will get significant relief between 4–6 weeks. Less than 10% will experience no relief or minimal relief.

Do I Qualify for Spinal Decompression Therapy Treatment?

Candidates for spinal decompression therapy include the following:

  • Diagnosis of a herniated, bulging or degenerated disc
  • Back pain persisting for more than three weeks
  • Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is more than six months old
  • Persistent pain from arthritis or stenosis
  • Patients available for four to six weeks of treatment protocol
  • Patient at least 18 years of age

Who Doesn’t Qualify for Spinal Decompression Therapy?

The following conditions may disqualify a patient for spinal decompression treatment, but of course the best way to know for sure whether you are a candidate is to call us and let us review your specific condition. Candidates that may not qualify for spinal decompression therapy include the following:

  • Some types of surgical hardware in the spine
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
  • Metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread to the bones)
  • Unstable grade 3 and 4 spondylolisthesis. Grade 1 or Grade 2 spondylolisthesis are treatable
  • Recent compression fracture of lumbar spine
  • Pathologic aortic aneurysm
  • Pelvic or abdominal cancer
  • Disc space infections


Are there any Side Effects to the Treatment?

Our Spinal Decompression Therapy is considered safe and comfortable. Most patients do not experience any side effects.  Some patients may experience a temporary dull, achy soreness that they often describe as “it feels like I just worked out for the first time in a long time.” 

Unlike other Spinal Decompression machines, our patients are always 100% in control of how much decompression is achieved at all times during the session. 


Can Spinal Decompression be Used for Patients that Have had Spinal Surgery?

In many cases Spinal Decompression treatment is OK for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact, many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression even after a failed back surgery. After a failed Laminectomy or Micro Discectomy patients may still respond favorably to spinal decompression. If a patient has had more than 3 laminectomies then the success rate of spinal decompression will go down.

What Should I Do Next?

Contact our office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Rappaport to determine if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression. After carefully studying your case history and exam findings, he will sit down and tell you whether or not you are a good candidate for this treatment.