West Valley City UT chiropractor for car accidents

Can Spinal Decompression Help Back Pain After an Accident?

If a car accident or another type of injury has left you with chronic pain in your back, neck or legs, spinal decompression may provide the relief you seek.

During this innovative, nonsurgical treatment , the spine is gently and slowly stretched. This helps relieve pressure on affected portions of the spine, relieving pain and helping to promote healing.

When performed by one of the experienced doctors of Peterson Chiropractic, spine decompression therapy – in conjunction with adjustments and other therapies – can be just what you need to get you back on your feet.

The Benefits of Spinal Decompression After a Car Accident

Decompression therapy can provide effective relief from nerve pain, pressure and tingling caused by bulging or herniated discs in the spine and related conditions that commonly occur in personal injury accidents.

This treatment may be appropriate if you suffer from other conditions such as:

  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Damaged spinal nerve roots

Although you must see a chiropractor for a full, professional evaluation, patients of all ages can get relief using this simple, non-invasive treatment.

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

When you go in for decompression therapy, you will typically receive treatment via a chiropractic traction table or similar therapeutic device. The purpose of this treatment is to gently lengthen and relax the spine. This creates more space between the vertebrae and helps reduce or eliminate pressure on the spinal nerves.

Patients typically lie down on a table, at which time the chiropractor or technician attaches a type of comfortable secure harness around the hips. The table then gradually moves – under control of the chiropractor – to create gentle, intermittent stretching of the spine.

Patients report that the procedure is comfortable and can even bring relief almost immediately.

Spinal Decompression & Your Personal Injury Treatment Plan

Although every patient is different, the chiropractor might recommend a series of decompression therapy sessions over a course of weeks after an accident. Often, you will undergo this therapy in combination with other types of treatment, including ultrasound, heat/cold therapy and chiropractic adjustments.

Your treatment plan might also include strengthening and mobility exercises, taking nutritional supplements and using ice packs or a heating pad at home. Be sure to talk to the chiropractor to get the details of your full treatment regimen, so you can get back to a pain-free, active lifestyle as soon as possible.

Peterson Chiropractic provides comprehensive chiropractic services, including personal injury accident treatment, for patients in West Valley City, Utah, and the surrounding communities. Contact us now to learn more about spinal decompression or to schedule an appointment.

Peterson Chiropractic is led by Doctor Bradley Peterson, who grew up in Davis County and attended the University of Utah.