Spinal Decompression


Neck and Back pain due to a herniated or bulging disc can be debilitating, and surgery was the answer in the past. Epidural injections, opioids, and NSAIDs are frequently used as first-line therapy. While these medications offer temporary pain management, they fail to address the root causes of your condition and pose their risks. Today, we have highly successful advanced technology that allows us to relieve this pain without many of these interventions. We use a system that combines a machine driven by a computer program designed specifically for spinal decompression treatment.

Using this computer technology and the decompression machine, we can create a custom treatment plan that decompresses the spine and pulls the herniated or bulging material back into the disc. Dr. Marks personally supervises the therapy. Decompression gently stretches and relaxes the spine in various positions, separating the vertebrae over time, known as remodeling. It creates a vacuum­-like effect that pulls the soft bulging disc material back to its proper place, resolving pain caused by the pressure on the compressed nerves. For example, patients with a herniated disc in the lower spine may have shooting sciatic pain down their legs. Relieving the herniated disc will cause that pain to vanish. Herniated or bulging discs in the neck improve radiating pain into the arms and shoulders.

Treatment time and frequency will depend on each patient’s unique condition; however, each spinal decompression treatment usually takes 20-30 minutes. Patients usually have treatment a few times weekly and complete it in 8-12 weeks.

If you are in pain from a herniated or bulging disc, we will work with you to find a spinal decompression treatment plan that corresponds with your body. Instead of turning to dangerous pain medications that cover up the problem, ask us if spinal decompression can help you.

A consultation with Dr. Marks is crucial to determine if non-surgical spinal decompression is correct for you. Dr. Marks will review any existing imaging you may have had, such as X-rays or MRIs, or he may refer you to a radiology center to perform these studies.

Call our office at 212-333-7300 to schedule a consultation.

“As a surgeon, I only want to do surgery when necessary.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy gives my patients a more conservative treatment option that can eliminate the need for surgery, which is excellent.”

Dr. Bernard Zeliger, DO, FACOS, FAOAO, FICS
Osteopathic Physician and Orthopedic Surgeon

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