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When pressure builds up inside the vertebrae disc, it causes bulging of the jelly-like material that makes up the disc. When increased and prolonged pressure or an injury occurs, it can cause the disc to rupture or herniate, which is when the disc material is compromised and leaks out.

The bulging or spilled disc material will cause pressure on the nerves and other structures which can cause pain. The pain can travel into your back, buttocks and leg and is commonly associated with numbness, tingling, and weakness in the extremities.

Decompression relieves this pain by creating a vacuum type of suction, which reverses the high pressure inside the disc and can draw the bulging material back into the disc body. This procedure is called non-surgical spinal decompression and has been very successful in the treatment of herniated discs.

Spinal decompression is a treatment option used on patients with:

  • Disc herniations (cervical or lumbar)
  • Disc bulges (cervical or lumbar)
  • Sciatica (chronic irritation of the sciatic nerve)
  • Spondylolisthesis (slippage of a joint on the joint below it)
  • Anterolisthesis (forward slippage)
  • Retrolisthesis (backward slippage)
  • Disc degeneration (arthritis)
  • Facet arthrosis (arthritis)

Sport Specific Rehabilitation

At Spring Physical Therapy our physical therapists can give you tailored exercises to address the specific strain of your sport and prepare you to perform under those stresses again. Our sports physical therapists will perform movement analysis, consider your unique body composition, and determine the imbalance in the muscles and movement patterns. Physical therapy in conjunction with decompression is also recommended as well.

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