Spinal Decompression Specialist

Jayme Gawith, DC -  - Chiropractor

Wellness One Chiropractic

Jayme Gawith, DC

Chiropractor located in Wichita, KS

If you suffer from acute or chronic back pain, you should consider spinal decompression before undergoing risky and time-consuming surgery. Dr. Jayme Gawith, the chiropractor at Wellness One Wichita, has extensive experience successfully relieving back pain with this noninvasive procedure. If you live in the Wichita, Kansas, area, call or book an appointment online to find out how you can move freely and without pain again.

Spinal Decompression Q & A

What is the spine?

Your spine is made up of 33 bones, called vertebrae, that fit together to form the spinal column, which reaches from the base of your skull down to your coccyx. Four areas constitute the spine:

  • Cervical spine: neck
  • Thoracic spine: mid back
  • Lumbar spine: low back
  • Sacral spine: pelvic region

Your spine serves numerous crucial functions, such as housing your spinal cord, providing the primary support for your body, and allowing mobility. Aiding your spine in its enormous job is a cast of supporting players, including:

  • Discs
  • Muscles
  • Facet joints
  • Ligaments
  • Nerves

When discussing spinal decompression, it’s important to understand the role that discs play in your spine. Your vertebrae are separated by discs, which provide a cushion to keep the bones from rubbing together. These discs are made up of a fibrous exterior that houses a jelly-like substance, which provides the cushion.

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a method of gently stretching your spine, which Dr. Gawith performs using a computer-controlled traction table.

The goal behind spinal decompression is to relieve pain and promote healing by changing the forces exerted on your discs and allowing fluid, oxygen, and other healing properties to gain access.

What does spinal decompression treat?

Dr. Gawith uses spinal decompression for several issues, including:

  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Back and neck pain
  • Sciatica pain
  • Worn spinal joints

If you are experiencing pain anywhere along your spine, spinal decompression provides a noninvasive and effective solution.

How many treatments are necessary?

The number of treatments you need depends on the severity of the issue you are addressing. After a thorough examination — which may include advanced imagery, such as ultrasounds, MRIs, or CT scans — Dr. Gawith diagnoses your problem and creates a treatment plan.

Typically, patients with spinal issues undergo 10-30 treatments (each session lasts 30-45 minutes), and the entire therapy is usually completed in a few weeks to two months.

Since decompression is noninvasive, you may remain active during this time and go about your normal activities. The surgical alternative requires as much time, if not more, due to a prolonged recovery period that limits your ability to function normally.

To find out more about how spinal decompression can help you, call the Wellness One Wichita office for an appointment, or book one online.