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Frequently Asked Spinal Decompression Questions In Fairfax

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If you've heard about spinal decompression as a potential solution to your pain and other neurological issues, you may be wondering how our Fairfax VA chiropractor puts this technique to work toward your relief. Here are some frequently asked questions about spinal decompression therapy at Circle Chiropractic Center.

  • How does an injury pinch nerves? Sports injuries, auto injuries and other traumas can dislodge the spinal vertebrae and force spinal discs out of position. If a disc herniates, its inner material may push its way into nearby nerve roots, causing irritation and impingement.
  • How do chronic conditions contribute to spinal pain and other symptoms? Stenosis, a narrowing of the spine's interior space, can put pressure on nerve roots and spinal cord tissue alike. Bulging discs that have lost hydration and height can put extra strain on the spine's facet joints, producing pain and inflammation.
  • What are the telltale signs of a disc or nerve compression problem? Herniated discs may be painful in their own right while also causing a variety of other symptoms due to nerve impingement. These symptoms may include upper or lower extremity pain, "pins and needles," loss of sensation and muscle weakness
  • I've heard of surgery to relieve spinal compression. Should I be considering that? Spinal decompression surgery is a major procedure, with all the risks associated with invasive surgery, so it makes more sense to look at conservative options first. In many cases, non-surgical spinal decompression can provide equal or superior relief.
  • How does non-surgical spinal decompression therapy work? Non-surgical spinal decompression uses a motorized table to apply small but effective degrees of flexion distraction force to the spine. This motion pulls the spine so that negative pressure forms between the vertebrae, drawing herniated or bulging discs inward to restore them to their normal position. The negative pressure also infuses bulging discs with fluids so they can regain height.
  • Is spinal decompression painful? Unlike major surgery, which typically involves a painful recuperation period, spinal decompression therapy isn't painful at all. This makes it a great choice for multiple or periodic treatments as needed to help manage chronic pain conditions.
  • How do other conservative treatment methods enhance spinal decompression? Our Fairfax VA chiropractor, Dr. Frey, may recommend numerous techniques such as massage therapy and physical rehabilitation to help you recover from an injury or reinforce good spinal support. Chiropractic adjustments can also help ensure that your vertebral joints are properly aligned.
  • Is spinal decompression therapy for everyone? Spinal decompression therapy isn't necessarily indicated for everybody. Exceptions include pregnant women, people dealing with severe neurological damage or obesity issues, patients with advanced spondylolisthesis and anyone who has received metal hardware during a previous spinal surgery.

Get More Answers From Our Fairfax VA Chiropractor

Spinal decompression and other chiropractic services could hold the answers for relieving your pain and other symptoms. Call 703-385-2990 today to schedule a consultation with our Fairfax VA chiropractor!