Are You A Good Candidate For Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Do you have spine issues that are resulting in chronic neck or back pain? If you’ve tried many other solutions and nothing is working, you might be a candidate for spinal decompression.


At Valley Spinal Care Kierland in Kierland Commons, located in the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Chris Serafini can perform careful, effective spinal decompression sessions to relieve your back or neck pain and put you back in action. 

Spinal compression basics

During the course of the day, as you stand or sit upright, the discs between the bones in your spine compress. Over the years, your discs become permanently shorter, causing you to lose height as you age.


As the discs lose height, the bones in your spine get closer together, and the nerves that run up and down your spine can get trapped and compressed or pinched. This can cause severe, chronic pain in your back and neck, and radiating pain or even numbness that travels down into your arms and legs.  

How spinal decompression works

Spinal decompression, or back decompression, increases the height of the discs in your back. You’ll be fitted into a special harness, and strapped to a motorized table. The table will apply very gentle, steady gentle traction to the spine, to carefully stretch your back and make the space between your spinal bones increase. This allows your discs to decompress, and make more space for your nerves. 

Effectiveness of spinal decompression

This procedure can be extremely effective. In one study, spinal decompression was used to treat a group of adults over the age of 65 with chronic back pain. They had an average pain level of 6.2 on a scale of 1-10. After treatment, which increased disc height by an average of 20%, their pain levels were reduced to an average of 1.6 on the 1-10 scale.

Spinal decompression candidates

If you are a pregnant woman, you should wait for back decompression until after your pregnancy is over. If you have advanced osteoporosis, a fractured spinal bone, metal supports in your spine, a tumor near your spine, or an abdominal aortic aneurysm, you should also not have spinal decompression. 


If you are otherwise healthy, don’t have a severe back injury, and don’t have advanced spinal disease, you could be a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Dr. Serafini can consult with you about your health and whether or not spinal decompression therapy is safe for you. 

If you are a good candidate, and want to address chronic spine pain without narcotics or surgery, you can contact our office at 480-500-7836 to schedule an appointment.

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