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Health

Decompression relieves winter-induced back pain

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‘Tis the season for shoveling snow, hoisting heavy roasts from the oven, falling on slick pavement, and other cold weather moves that can cause very un-merry lower back pain. To relieve it, Dr. Frank Ostir, Ostir Physical Medicine in Joliet, recommends decompression therapy, which provides non-surgical intervention to reduce lower back pain, while restoring the spine’s stability.

He says, “The goal is to unload the spine through decompression, using two machines that can be positioned to target a patient’s exact spot of pain.” A motorized traction table gently and carefully stretches the spine to provide pain relief. Damaged or deteriorating disks are isolated, allowing the area to be flooded with enriching oxygen, fluid, and nutrients.

The American Spinal Decompression Association (ASDA) explains that decompression therapy gently separates the vertebrae from each other, which creates a vacuum inside the disc to relieve pressure and pain. It happens microscopically, although cumulative treatments over four to six weeks can produce “dramatic results.”

Ostir explains, “While more traditional treatments can include drugs, difficult exercises, and even surgery, spinal decompression treatment is a non-invasive alternative. It’s been proven effective in treating many conditions, including sciatica, herniated discs, and more issues. It’s successful for both chronic or intermittent pain.”

Other non-surgical back pain relief options include physical rehabilitation through strengthening and reconditioning, orthopedic bracing, and spinal manipulation. Manipulating the spine combines massage, exercise, and physical therapy to relieve pressure on the joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function.

Trigger point injection therapy is another pain relief choice. This procedure targets painful muscle areas that contain “trigger points,” which are knots of muscle that form under the skin when muscles fail to relax.

To determine an optimum course of action, Ostir examines patients, evaluates conditions, determines the cause of pain, and develops a pain relief treatment plan.

For more information, contact Ostir Physical Medicine, (815) 729-2022, or visit http://www.ostirphysicalmed.com.