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South Texas Spine & Joint Institute offers progressive technology in the treatment of back and neck related complaints. We utilize a non-surgical FDA approved Spinal Decompression system combined with thermal laser technology that helps reduce back and neck pain. These combined techniques relieve nerve compression, and help to separate the vertebrae in your back or neck to create negative intra-discal pressure. In the past, patients suffering from herniated discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis, or pinched nerves, had to rely on pain medications, bed rest, injections, and physical therapy. When those treatments failed, many people were advised that their only option was major spinal surgery. Today, medicine and technology have advanced to offer you, not only more options, but better options in treating your back pain, including spinal decompression, available here at South Texas Spine & Joint Institute.

Conventional treatments for chronic pain are often ineffective, because they usually don’t do anything to enhance the body’s healing process. The focus is often on managing the symptoms, without impacting the actual cause of the condition (in some cases, it may actually make it worse). Pharmaceutical drugs may relieve pain in one area, only to create new problems in another area due to the unpredictable nature of side effects. 

The most attractive aspect of shock wave treatment is that it is a noninvasive option for problems that are sometimes challenging to treat.

Because of these challenges, doctors are always seeking more effective treatment for patients who do not seem to improve with simpler treatments. There is increasing evidence that shock wave therapy may be a solution.

Our clinicians undergo advanced training and pursue certifications, which give them the experience and education to provide you with the highest standard of care. You can be confident that their assessment and recommended treatment will help you recover, protect against future injury and allow you to reach your health goals.

Back pain, neck pain, and headaches don’t appear out of the blue. Your back, like any other mechanism, will breakdown over time if it is used in an improper manner repeatedly.

For example, your back is composed of a spinal cord, nerves, bones, discs and muscles. Think of a zipper. If one tooth is out of line, the zipper doesn’t function properly. Now think of your spinal cord as the zipper, and the teeth of the zipper as your vertebras (bones). Your back will not function correctly if a vertebra is disturbed. The disc separates each vertebra from one another, while the nerve holds the discs and vertebra together. When the disc slips, it puts pressure on the nerve and causes pain. This pain can radiate into the legs or arms. Some patients do not feel pain, but they may feel numbness or a tingling sensation.

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