Interested in the benefits of spinal decompression therapy but would like to learn more about how it works. Dr. Brian Austin, your San Diego chiropractor answers the most common questions asked about spinal decompression.

What is spinal decompression therapy?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that helps relieve back pain by gently stretching the spine. This changes the position of the spine and relieves pressure on the spinal disks. This encourages movement of nutrient-rich fluids, water, and oxygen into the disks so they can heal.

What are the risks?

Risks associated with spinal decompression therapy are extremely rare. The most common risks include bleeding, infection, blood clots, allergy to anesthesia and nerve damage.

Is spinal decompression effective?

Spinal decompression therapy is an effective treatment for neck pain, sciatica, bulging or herniated disks, degenerative disk disease, worn spinal joints and injured spinal nerves.

Does spinal decompression hurt?

No, but even a slight stretch may be a bit uncomfortable when you are in pain. Normally patients start feeling better as soon as spinal decompression begins. Depending on their condition, some patients may require a few visits.

How much does it cost?

Spinal decompression  may cost anywhere between $30 and $200 depending on what state you are in. A series of treatments may cost between $300 to $6000, although many insurance companies will pay for traditional traction. Check with your San Diego chiropractor to find out what payment option are available.

Does Spinal Decompression increase height?

No, unfortunately spinal decompression will not increase your height, but platform shoes will!

Does Blue Cross Blue Shield Cover spinal decompression?

It depends on your state and the chiropractic clinic. Call your local San Diego chiropractor to find out what insurance plans cover spinal decompression.

How many sessions are there?

Patients may undergo anywhere from 10 to 20 therapy sessions depending on the severity of their condition. Typically, other types of physical therapy or chiropractic adjustment are included in when you receive spinal decompression. A complete session usually lasts between 30 to 60 minutes.