Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves traveling down your back and protected by your vertebrae. When your spine is damaged, infected or suffering from wear and tear on the bones, known as osteoarthritis, you can begin to suffer neurological symptoms from a compressed spinal cord.
Have you ever experienced an unexplained burning pain that spreads to your arms, buttocks or down your legs? Are your extremities cold or do you have a loss of sensation, tingling or numbness? Are you imbalanced, have trouble with hand-eye coordination or experiencing weakness when performing basic tasks like lifting your arms or picking up a pot of coffee? These are some common symptoms patients with spinal compression experience, as well as loss of bladder control and sexual ability. Depending on the cause of the compression, these symptoms could appear quickly over a few weeks or can take years to develop.
The key to combating spinal compression is keeping your back strong and in good health. Back surgery should be the last result and our chiropractic offices in Portland and Hillsboro offer spinal decompression and spinal traction therapy as a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment approach. Our team treats each patient with an individual care plan suited to their unique case, integrating strengthening work-outs, chiropractic adjustments, and acupuncture. Our clinic also utilizes a state of the art traction unit table for spinal traction therapy that is used to reverse the force of gravity and offer relief to pressure on the compressed spine.