Is there a non-surgical option for my spinal disc herniation?

What is non-surgical decompression? Non-surgical spinal decompression is a practice that utilizes a spinal decompression table that is computer operated to relieve pain by creating a scenario in which bulging or herniated disc tissue is able to move back into place and heal, alleviating the pain this condition causes. The computer is pre-programmed with a series of pushing and pulling under tension focused on the compressed portion of the spine.

What is the difference between spinal decompression, traction tables, and inversion tables? The major difference that we can present is that the tables we use at R2 Medical Centers are computer operated and controlled; are safe and effective treatments that are medically supervised with a manual shut off were if the patient isn’t comfortable with the movements they can stop at any time (which cannot be found on the other tables).

Here is an example of what non-surgical spinal decompression looks like at R2 Medical Centers.

What is a typical office visit consist of for a treatment to correct a spinal disc herniation? A treatment with our decompression table is typically about 15-20 minutes. Although, most patients are also doing a functional rehab program to help strengthen the muscles to help support their spine. So many patients can expect a 60 – 90-minute visit to help restore function and get them back to living their life the way they once did. Many of our programs consist of 2-3 visits a week for 2-3 months.

Does spinal decompression hurt? Most patients who come in for decompression treatments have been in significant pain for some time. So after a decompression and rehab session that they do when they’re a patient at R2 Medical Centers, they may feel a little sore after the first few visits but, after a few visits, most start to feel relief in a way they haven’t in some time.

Is Spinal Decompression Effective? Spinal decompression therapy is a safe and effective back treatment alternative to surgery, used to relieve back pain and other problems associated with spinal disc injuries. Traditional treatments for back and spine problems include surgery, medication, or chiropractic care.

How long can I expect my results to last? Our programs at R2 Medical Centers are designed to last forever, we usually will give you a copy of all of your stretches to do after you graduate from our programs to maintain your results and we offer a maintenance program that many patients do take advantage of.

Does Insurance or Medicare cover spinal decompression? In some cases, it does, if you are a case where it will not, we have convenient financing and cash payment options available.

What are other conditions that can be helped with non-surgical decompression?


Can decompression help me with my headaches? Spinal decompression involves stretching the spine, using a motorized traction device, with the goal of relieving pain and increasing functionality in the spine. This alleviates the symptoms for some patients who suffer from chronic headaches and migraines.


Patient Success Story

“After years of pain, many Cortisone shots & being told that surgery was my only option,  I am so happy with my decision to try spinal decompression and would recommend it to any patient trying to decide which option to take. Thanks to Dr. Walker and his staff for all their help I can dance again. “        



Here's a photo of our lead rehab tech demonstrating what a decompression session for the cervical spine might look like.


If you are curious about non-surgical spinal decompression or anything else you have seen on our page, call the office at 219-208-6894 or use our easy booking feature to request your consultation to see if we can help you.

Casey Walker, D.C. Casey Walker, D.C. is the founder of R2 Medical Centers a medically integrated clinic, family-owned and operated in Lowell, Indiana. He has been practicing chiropractic since graduating from Palmer Chiropractic in Davenport, IA in 2005. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, cycling and fly-fishing.

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