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What to know about back decompression for back pain

Back or spinal decompression refers to a group of treatments used to relieve pressure on spinal discs. A healthcare professional may recommend surgical and nonsurgical therapies for decompression.

Spinal (intervertebral) discs are circular fibro-cartilage structures that cushion the vertebral bones along the spinal column. They allow some movement in the spine and create space for the spinal nerves to exit the spinal canal.

Many conditions and injuries may cause pressure on the spinal discs to build up. When this happens, the intervertebral space collapses, putting pressure on nearby spinal nerves. This can cause pain and make certain movements difficult.

A doctor may recommend different decompression treatment options depending on the type and cause of an individual’s back pain.

This article will discuss different methods of back decompression, as well as the risks and benefits of treatment.

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