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The Gilbert Clinic provides solutions for resolving painful issues due to sciatca, bulging/herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. Spinal Decompression Therapy has revolutionized the way we treat spinal disc problems.

Spinal Decompression Therapy In Marine City, MI

Spinal Decompression Therapy has been the most important medical advance in the non-surgical, noninvasive treatment of back pain in the past 20 years. FDA cleared Spinal Decompression Therapy technology is being utilized by physicians, pain specialists, and physical therapists across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Historically, treatments for patients suffering from disc and/or sciatic problems were given pain medications, instructed to refrain from physical activities, referred for physical therapy, and when they weren’t progressing they were sent for spinal surgery.

The Gilbert Clinic offers you the most advanced non-surgical decompression technology in the St. Clair and Macomb County area. We provide solutions for resolving painful issues in a professional and caring manner.

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Conditions Treated With Spinal Decompression Therapy

Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition resulting from compression of one of the spinal lumbar nerves, typically L4, L5 or S1. Spinal lumbar nerves from these levels converge and form the sciatic nerve.

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc happens when the inner disc material, called the nucleus, seeps through the outer wall of the disc. If it comes into contact with surrounding nerves pain ensues locally and/or along the nerves path.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis narrowing of the space in your spine reserved for your spinal cord and nerves. It is a condition more common as we age and can have a severe impact on our daily lifestyle and activity level.

Bulging Disc

A bulging disc in the neck or back refers to a vertebral disc that protrudes into it’s outer layer. Not be confused with a Herniated Disc. Although herniated discs do share some of the same symptoms with a bulging disc.

Radiculopathy

Cervical or lumbar radiculopathy  refers to irritation of the spinal nerve roots caused by compression. It is most common in the lower back (lumbar radiculopathy) and in the neck (cervical radiculopathy).

Failed Back Surgery

If a patient continues to experience pain or symptoms in the back or legs after surgery, the patient is said to have failed spine surgery syndrome. In the neck it is called failed neck surgery syndrome.

How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?

At The Gilbert Clinic we use a Kennedy Spinal Decompression Table with neural flex technology for maximum results. 

During a session of non-surgical spinal decompression, you will lie either face-up or face-down on a computer controlled table with a few harnesses holding your upper body in place. The table’s angle is adjusted to precisely affect the targeted spinal level. Once the setup is completed the lower part of the table then moves in a computer- controlled automated fashion that gently stretches and releases the spine, creating space in between the discs. This computerized controlled decompression allows the herniated or bulging disc to recede back into place and for nutrients and healing fluids to flood into the disc.

When a disc has ruptured or “herniated,” or is bulging it may create pressure against one or more of the spinal nerves which can cause pain, weakness or numbness in the neck or back that can radiate into the legs or arms. Non-surgical Decompression creates negative pressure within the disc, causing the herniation to be drawn slowly back into the disc space, thus relieving the pressure, as it re-hydrates the disc. Midway through the treatment protocol, the formation of Collagen begins to take place in and around the disc. These ‘sticky’ cells have the ability to form other cells including chondroblasts or baby cartilage cells. These cells help the disc to heal.

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Eighty-six percent of ruptured intervertebral disc (RID) patients achieved ‘good’ (50-89% improvement) to ‘excellent’ (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved. “Of the facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ results with decompression.”

C. Norman Shealy MD, PhD, and Vera Borgmeyer, RN, MA. Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: A Cost-Effective Treatment for Lumbosacral Pain.
American Journal of Pain Management Vol. 7 No. 2 April 1997

“Results showed that 86% of the 219 patients who completed the therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms, while 84% remained pain-free 90 days post-treatment. Physical examination findings showed improvement in 92% of the 219 patients, and remained intact in 89% of these patients 90 days after treatment.”

Gionis, Thomas MD; Groteke, Eric DC. Surgical Alternatives: Spinal

FAQs About Decompression Therapy

A: Most patients do not experience any side effects. Though, there have been some mild cases of muscle spasm for a short period of time.

A: Most patients report a reduction in pain after the first few sessions. Typically, significant improvement is obtained by the third or fourth week of treatment.

A: Typical sessions last between 20-30 minutes and you are scheduled 3 times a week for 4-6 weeks. Though, the number of sessions may vary depending on the severity and persistence of the condition.

A: There are several exclusions to Spinal Decompression Therapy. The easiest way to find out is to call our office at (810) 765-4100 for a free consultation and review of any MRI reports you may have.