Lumbar Traction

Lumbar Traction for Lower Back Pain

Experts estimate that about 80% of adults will experience lower back pain, also known as lumbar pain. Common treatments for lower back pain include rest, heat, and over the counter or prescription painkillers. But when the pain doesn’t go away, other treatments options may be available including lumbar traction, a method of spinal decompression therapy.

Lumbar traction performed at Village Chiropractic is a nonsurgical method of spinal decompression therapy used to relieve pressure on the lower spine. At Village Chiropractic, we use Back on Trac technology for reducing pressure on the discs in the lower back.

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What is Back on Trac?

Back on Trac is a lumbar traction system that performs safe, nonsurgical stretching of the lower spine. The patient sits in the comfortable chair during the decompression session that stretches the spine and then relaxes it over the course of 12-15 minutes. Most patients require 12-24 sessions, about 2-3 times a week, for spinal traction to reduce back pain.

Vibration and heat can also be used at the same as Back on Trac to help relax the back muscles for easier stretching and better results.

What Back Conditions Are Treated with Back on Trac Spinal Traction?

Back on Trac can be an effective treatment option for reducing pain associated with common lower back conditions, including

  • Herniated (or ruptured) discs in the lower back which occur when the soft center of a spinal disk pushes through a crack in the exterior casing.
  • Bulging discs in the lower back which occur when the soft center of a spinal disk pushes outward but does not break through the outer casing.
  • Sciatica pain that commonly occurs when a herniated disc or bone spur in the spine presses on the sciatic nerve. The pain originates in the spine and goes down the back of the leg.    
  • Degenerative disc disease, caused by the breakdown or deterioration of one or more disc between the vertebrae.
  • Spinal arthritis that causes the break down of the cartilage in the spine where the vertebrae join together.
  • Pinched nerves which are caused by too much pressure being applied to a nerve by the surrounding tissue.

Why Use Lumbar Traction?

Nonsurgical Lower Back Pain Treatment

The most appealing benefit of using lumbar traction, and the Back on Trac technology, is the fact that it is a nonsurgical option that can help patients relieve pain and potentially avoid or delay spine surgery.

Easy to Receive Treatment

Patients simply sit in the Back on Trac chair while the chiropractor positions you so that you’re reclining comfortably. Next, the decompression takes place by applying tension, controlled by the doctor, for several minutes while the muscles and spinal column are gently stretched.

Be sure to tell Dr. Thomas if you have been diagnosed with any type of spinal or bone condition such as osteoporosis.

Some patients experience some muscle spasms during or after treatment, which usually go away within a day.

If you or a loved one suffer from chronic lower back pain or you have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disk, Back on Trac may be an option for you. Please New call-to-action for a consultation with Dr. Thomas, located in The Woodlands. 
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