Marathon runners, weekend warriors, and couch potatoes are all susceptible. Obese, svelte, and everyone in between can experience low back pain, which 80 percent of people will experience in their lifetime, according the National Institutes of Health.
While many sufferers pursue the short-term solution of taking pain-relievers, and fear the long-term possibility of surgery, there is a “superior” other option according to Dr. Frank Ostir, Ostir Physical Medicine in Joliet. He recommends decompression therapy, which provides a drug-free and non-surgical intervention to reduce lower back pain while restoring the spine’s stability.
“Decompression therapy is superior because we can target the exact disk in the spine that is causing the patient problems. We evaluate each individual and can tailor the treatment that heals and even re-shapes the disk, which takes pressure off the nerve. Less pressure means less pain,” Ostir explains.
He adds, “While more traditional treatments can include drugs, difficult exercises, and even surgery, spinal decompression treatment is a non-invasive alternative. It’s been proven effective in treating many conditions, including sciatica, herniated discs, and more. It’s successful for both chronic or intermittent pain.”
Ostir explains how through a series of painless decompression treatments, the patient’s vertebrae are microscopically separated, which relieves pain and pressure, and allows blood and oxygen to flood the area for maximum healing.
Decompression therapy may be recommended for people who’ve experienced episodes of excruciating, debilitating back spasms, which can last for days or longer. Ostir explains that people may think that their spasms were caused from the event that triggered the pain, such as bending down to pick something up. However, that event was just the tipping point, as the root problem likely has been growing, such as a disk beginning to bulge out of place.
Ostir adds, “We examine the patient to determine the underlying back issue, and recommend the least invasive and best solution possible.”