Spinal Decompression Treatment as an Alternative To Back Surgery

Herniated Disc Treatment
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A herniated disc is a serious condition that can often respond favorably to spinal decompression treatment. If typical rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other measures such as chiropractic adjustments and cortisone injections have not worked, spinal decompression therapy can be an effective non-surgical solution to conditions such as sciatica, or in some cases, spinal stenosis.

If the back pain symptoms worsen they lead to pain, debilitation, and even spinal surgery. When a disc becomes ruptured, herniated or bulged (also called a ‘slipped disc’), it can cause pain in the low back. This can lead to leg pain (sciatica), low back and hip pain, and trouble with simple tasks like walking or being able to work. There are spinal exercises or back stretches you can perform for relief, but likely may be limited in effectiveness, especially if the case is severe. Back pain is very hard to ‘tough out’; it can debilitate most anyone if not treated appropriately. Herniated discs can be caused by a serious back injury, but can also be the result of aging or repetitive stress or poor posture.

Spinal decompression treatment can oppose the compressive forces which may have led to the disc injury to begin with. Whether you want to get back to biking along the Cherry Creek Bike Path, playing football at Mullen High School, or hiking at Chatfield Reservoir, spinal decompression treatment has helped hundreds of Denver Metro residents avoid surgery and get back to their active lifestyles.

Spinal Decompression Treatment or Back Surgery?

A common ‘conventional’ treatment to obtain back pain relief that comes from a herniated disc is back surgery, which can cost a significant amount of both time and money and lead to months of rehabilitation, missed work and disability. For anyone who suffers from a herniated disc, there is a holistic, alternative medicine approach to treatment: spinal decompression treatment. Spinal decompression is a safe and FDA-cleared solution that gently pulls the vertebrae of the spine apart in an attempt to lessen the compressive, destructive forces that damage a disc. In addition to treatment for herniated disk (herniated disc) and bulging disc, it is also has the potential to be used as a sciatica treatment to attempt to cure sciatica.

Spinal decompression treatment is usually offered by chiropractors, some of which are spine specialists trained specifically in the science of spinal decompression treatment. Instead of risky and invasive procedures to attempt to treat herniated discs or bulging discs and the pain that comes with them, they are using technology like spinal decompression treatment. People often mistake spinal decompression with an inversion table, but there are different kinds of herniated disc treatments. Chronic neck pain and cervical discs can also be treated with the DRX9000 decompression table, which is a treatment that takes about 45 minutes and is performed without anesthesia or invasive surgery. Most patients experience a serious reduction in pain after a few visits. While each case is different, most patients undergo 15-25 treatments over 4-8 weeks. The treatment is administered in the practitioners office and does not require any of difficult and intense recovery associated with traditional surgery.

Spinal Decompression Treatment Designed To Help The Disc Function Better

One of the best ways to know if you qualify for this back treatment is to visit a chiropractor experienced in spinal decompression treatment and get an evaluation and consultation. At Evocare Center for Physical Health, serving Denver, Lakewood, and Littleton, Colorado areas, near Academy Park, near Hampden and Wadsworth we offer spinal decompression treatment.



Posted from Denver, Colorado, United States.

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Ron Spallone
Dr. Ron Spallone, DC is the chiropractic clinic director. His passion is the driving force behind Denver Chiropractor dot com. He's been a Colorado chiropractor for over 15 years.


  1. James Gordon
    14 March 11, 3:49pm

    Dr. Spallone-

    What does this treatment typically cost the patient? Do most insurance companies cover this care?
    That’s a big factor in my decision to receive any kind of treatment.


    • Dr. Ron Spallone
      16 March 11, 10:53pm

      Hi James,
      It’s not the first time I’ve heard someone ask, “Does insurance cover spinal decompression?”

      It’s a coin toss as to whether or not insurance companies cover spinal decompression. (BUT…to be honest, most every time if you call heads, the coin comes up tails).

      A typical patient who chooses to undergo this type of care (spinal decompression) usually does just that…chooses. Depending on the nature of your condition, the severity of the symptoms, the chronicity etc, it is usually several thousand dollars for the decompression part of the care. I, often times, incorporate other modalities into the treatment plan (again, based upon the uniqueness of each case). Some of these services may be covered by insurance and some not- each and every insurance policy is different. I may use the K-Laser, the ATM2, or sometimes it’s Functional Physical Medicine, or occasionally chiropractic.

      Due to the high success rate and low risk of non-surgical spinal decompression, it would seem logical to ‘approve’ this type of care prior to even letting someone undergo back surgery, right? Meaning, if it works, the insurance company is out four figures vs sometimes six figures for some of the extensive back surgeries. But (illogically) that’s not how it works.

      This care type of care is for someone who truly wants to exhaust all the conservative therapies prior to succumbing to back surgery. So for most, it’s the principle. Its for people who understand the risk of invasive procedures.

      Regarding costs: I’m empathetic and understanding of the out-of-pocket costs. But I also know the priceless value it can provide if successful. So, at our policy is that if someone wants the care and needs it they can get it now. And due to the nature of the cash-out-of-pocket, well, we let the patient choose a payment plan that doesn’t stretch them too far or stress them too much. They get the care now and make payments that suit them over time or they can pay for the care up front.

  2. Sharon
    18 March 11, 10:36pm

    Whoa…. thats enough for me to never want to have back surgery. I can’t see how that much trauma can make someone better….!?

  3. Alex
    07 April 11, 10:42pm

    It’s good to know that there’s still an alternative to back surgery like Spinal decompression.. It seems like back surgery can really cost an amount of money and time. It also looks painful.

    • Dr. Ron Spallone
      08 April 11, 10:16pm

      Some of the spinal fusion surgeries can run upwards of six figures. The rehabilitation afterwards can be extensive. Non-surgical spinal decompression is not an end-all-be-all but it is a very viable and conservative option for conditions like herniated discs (disks), bulging discs, pinched nerves and degenerative discs disease that cause symptoms like sciatica.

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  6. Kyle
    06 September 11, 1:18pm

    Sometimes surgery is inevitable. If that’s the case, I’m an advocate of minimally invasive surgery. It’s less complicated and less scary than traditional open-back surgery. But if you can solve the problem non-surgically and for less money as well, it’s worth it as well. Chiropractic and DRX9000 spinal decompression are great for the treatment of conservative herniated discs and bulging discs, but sometimes back surgery is inevitable.

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