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Spinal Decompression at L5-S1 definitely working for me

Have been a chronic lower back sufferer for the last 8 years. I have gone through the process of seeing the back doctors all the way through to having an appointment with a surgeon who told me that based on the tests that he had me perform, I was not a candidate for surgery. That was a relief to not have surgery, but also a bummer because the pain didn't go away just because the surgeon wouldn't operate. I have been seeing a chiropractor also through this whole process, because they help relieve the pain, at least until the next flair up which was becoming more often over the years. I had done spinal decompression in the past for the middle of my back about 8-9 years ago and have had a great result, pain free in that area. My chiropractor had been suggesting a round of spinal decompression at the L5-S1 level for about the last 2-3 years, but I would start to feel better and didn't think it was needed. Well, decided to go for a 20 session treatment plan and I am ecstatic to say that after only 2 treatments I am at around 90% pain free. I can sleep at night and not wake up because moving in bed is painful, I don't have the pain down the back of my legs like my hamstrings are extremely tight, best of all I don't have the shooting pain when I get up from sitting. My chiropractor is great, I know that the average cost of these treatments is running $4000-$6000 for the whole 20-30 treatment sessions, but he only charges me $50.00 a session. His philosophy is that they want you to feel good and to not let cost be a negative bearing on treatment options. I know that not all treatment options work the same for everyone, but I am so glad that I decided to go ahead and spend the $1000 and to get my life back.


  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 04/05/2014 - 3:23 PM
    I'm pleased you've found something that's working for you. Please be careful of any chiropractic 'adjustments' they can cause a lot of problems depending on your condition. What does your decompression therapy involve? Is it different from the manual traction that physical therapists perform? I hope you don't mind sharing ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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