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What is surgical spinal decompression?

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It's usually a last resort. If other measures don't work, your doctor may suggest back surgery to for bulging or ruptured disks, bony growths, or other spinal problems. It may help relieve symptoms from pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, including:

The surgery may not improve back pain much. It can be hard to know who will benefit from spinal decompression surgery.

You may also need spinal fusion to stabilize your spine.

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

SOURCES:

American Spinal Decompression Association: "Spinal Decompression Therapy."

Daniel, D.M. 2007. Chiropractic and Osteopathy,

Cleveland Clinic: "Spinal Decompression Surgery."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Spinal Decompression Association: "Spinal Decompression Therapy."

Daniel, D.M. 2007. Chiropractic and Osteopathy,

Cleveland Clinic: "Spinal Decompression Surgery."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 17, 2019

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