Dr. Kevin P. Lewis is offering a brand new service at the Greenville Spine Institute that will be immensely beneficial to many patients. It’s called Non Surgical Spinal Decompression. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry – we’ll tell you all about it. And if you think it may be something you would like to look into, we are more than happy to set up an appointment to discuss treatment options. 

For now, we’ll tell you what it is, who can benefit, and give examples of patient cases where it made a world of difference. 


What is Non Surgical Spinal Decompression? 


Non Surgical Spinal Decompression is a gentle way of stretching the spine to create negative pressure within the spinal discs. This type of therapy takes pressure off the spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones. This works to promote a couple things: 

  1. The retraction of bulging or herniated discs
  2. Allows oxygen and nutrients to flow freely into the affected areas, which is needed for healing and pain relief 

At Greenville Spine, we use the Hill DT table, which uses sophisticated sensors to adjust treatment depending on how each individual person’s body responds. It adjusts the decompression force, which helps to maximize effectiveness and comfort. 


How Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is Done 


The patient lays down on the Hill DT table and the spine is gently stretched while the patient relaxes. Stretching will change depending upon how the body reacts, which is tracked through specialized sensors on the table. 

It’s more than a table however; it’s a comprehensive program. The sensors in the table continually monitor the patient to ensure proper treatment is delivered. Nutrients and oxygen-rich blood are drawn back into the disc. Since these areas of the spine receive low circulation, this is a critical component of decompression.

A session lasts for about 20 minutes.  


Who Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Can Help 


This kind of technology and advanced treatment is really designed to aid those cases that are the toughest to treat. If you’re staring surgery in the face, this could be a viable option to consider. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a non-invasive solution for those suffering from: 

  • Chronic back pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Other spinal issues

In receiving spinal decompression therapy, a patient may find relief from pain that other treatments have failed to provide, potentially avoiding the need for surgery and reducing reliance on pain medications. To receive this type of treatment, a thorough analysis will be done and options will be discussed before any treatment plan is put into motion. 


Success of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression 


Patients rightly want to know if Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression works. Studies show that this type of non-invasive, non-surgical treatment does work and does have lasting positive effects. 

  • A study done in 2015 by Davenport University showed that of 815 patients receiving spinal decompression therapy a random selection revealed a 91% success rate
  • A 2003 study showed that 86% of 219 patients who completed non-surgical spinal decompression therapy reported “immediate resolution of symptoms.” After 90 days had passed following treatment 84% said they were still pain-free.
  • Another study of 778 patients showed pain reduction and increased mobility in 71% of patients.
  • In regards to long term pain reduction, a four-year follow up study done after non-surgical spinal decompression treatment showed a sustained 86% reduction in pain and that 91% of patients had resumed their normal activities and had remained pain free.

Most of the patients in these studies had sciatica, herniated discos, and back pain. 


Patient Success Stories 


Here are a couple patient stories who have successfully been treated with Non-Surgical Decompression therapy. 


Case Study: 18-Year-Old Male


An 18-year-old male involved in a motor vehicle accident presented with significant neck pain, headaches, and bilateral parathesia. He had pain levels of 8/9 out of 10 for neck pain and 5/6 out of 10 for headaches. With a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan that included Hill DT Decompression Therapy, the patient’s cervical spine had returned to the normal lordosis (confirmed in pre and post x-rays) and all symptoms had abated. 

Due to the significant level of improvement, a follow-up lateral cervical film was ordered to determine if additional rehabilitation would be indicated as ongoing support for postural improvement of the loss of the cervical curve. Upon re-evaluation it was noted however, that the patient had fully recovered from his symptoms.


Case Study: 57-year-old Male


57-year-old male patient involved in a work related injury from repetitive lifting. He had severe mid to lower back pain and pain down the left leg. He did not want surgery and chose spinal decompression therapy. 

His pain reduced from an 8 out of 10 to a 4 in 12 visits. After 24 visits, he returned to work with an average pain level of 1-2. After 36 decompression treatments in a several month period, a second MRI revealed a complete regression of the previously diagnosed disc herniation. The patient returned to work pain free and required no surgery.


Case Study: 42-year-old Female 


A 42-year-old female school teacher presented with severe low back pain radiating into her right leg. The severity of symptoms had her wheelchair bound. She had already had surgery two years prior and wanted to avoid another surgery at all costs due to the extended recovery associated with the last operation. 

She was able to walk without assistance from the wheelchair after 4-5 spinal decompression sessions. The pain indices improved from a complaint of 9 out of 10 to no pain by the 10th session. She returned to work after 12 sessions. Full recovery occurred within 24 sessions. 


Cost of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression 


The cost of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression will vary by patient because it depends on an individual’s treatment plan, which will be discussed during the consultation. 


Scheduling Your Consultation 


If Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression therapy sounds like a viable option that you would like to learn more about, please contact us. We would be more than happy to do a thorough examination and determine if this unique therapy would be the right treatment option for you. Give us a call to schedule your initial assessment. We’ll listen to you. We’ll talk about options. And hopefully we’ll get you on a path to living that life you want without pain. Give us a call at (864) 631-1420.