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Common spinal decompression questions

Spinal decompression has become more commonly used for patients as an alternative to surgery. It has yielded successful results for those suffering from herniated or bulging discs, facet syndrome, sciatica, failed back surgery, and chronic neck or back pain. Because spinal decompression is a newer, non-invasive procedure, there tends to be a lot of questions about how it all works. The following information provides an overview of the most important aspects of spinal decompression and answers the most frequently asked questions.

Consistency is Key With Spinal Decompression

Like many other natural approaches, consistency is the key to optimal results when receiving spinal decompression. A typical initial treatment plan of spinal decompression consists of at least 24 visits before a re-evaluation takes place to determine future customized treatment sessions. Therefore, it is highly recommended if you decide to start the therapy that you complete the full prescription of sessions or else it may very well be a waste of time, effort and money. Doctors set this minimum session plan for a reason; just as the problem did not onset overnight, it cannot be effectively healed overnight. There are certain results they look for at specific checkpoints throughout the treatment and changes may be made as your body responds. The goal is to relieve your pain and then move to making structural changes with the therapy that creates long term results that will help you to restore normal function and maintain a better lifestyle.

6 Common Spinal Decompression Questions

1. How much does it cost for decompression therapy?

Decompression therapy is provided as a customized package so the cost varies. On average, a decompression package runs about $3,200 in total and about $139 each regular visit but again this depends on your condition & prescribed treatment plan.

2. How do I know if I’m a candidate for decompression?

At Adkore, we offer complimentary decompression consultations so the chiropractors can become more familiar with your exact condition and review your X-ray or MRI results. Once they are able to have this one-on-one review, they can determine if you have any contraindications that would prohibit you from being a decompression candidate. At this visit, they can also predetermine a treatment package and provide you with more education on your customized plan.

3. Do I need to have imaging done prior to my visit?

If you are scheduled for a decompression consultation, prior imaging is required in order for the doctor to be able to provide a thorough consultation & determine if you are a candidate for decompression. For any other initial visit, it is recommended (but not required) that you bring in any prior imaging for the provider(s) to review so they can determine whether or not they can provide you additional treatment that same day.

4. How many sessions of decompression will I need?

24 sessions is the minimum effective dosage for the initial treatment plan. This is because it is very common for the patient’s condition to worsen within the first 6-12 visits before it gets better and the body begins to react progressively to the treatment.

5. Will I be able to do other treatments while I’m on a spinal decompression program?

More than likely. Most spinal decompression programs incorporate physical therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, acupuncture and even medical massage as pre and post treatments for each session. There is a benefit to having these done before and after because often times, patients experience some aggravation to the treating area while on decompression that is minimized by these modalities.

6. Are there any high risks I need to worry about?

We wouldn’t say high risks. The reason there is a careful evaluation to determine whether or not you are a candidate for the treatment is to ensure there are no high risks. Many patients do experience minimal pain associated with the treatment, particularly in the beginning because the body needs time to get used to what the pull and release system is trying to do. Depending on the patient’s sensitivity, changes may be made to make it as comfortable as possible throughout. If you have a health condition or concern that you are worried about prior to starting treatment, we recommend that you speak with the chiropractor so they can thoroughly address all concerns.


Spinal decompression treatment is highly recommended to treat common back conditions. It is one of the most effective, non-invasive treatments for herniated disc, bulging disc, sciatica and other common conditions. If you suffer from a back condition, spinal decompression treatment could be just what you need to get back on your feet and heal your pain for the long term.


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