Spinal Decompression After Knee Replacement: What You Need to Know

Spinal Decompression After Knee Replacement

Knee replacements can be life-changing for many people, improving mobility and reducing pain. But what happens if you still have back pain after your knee replacement? Is spinal decompression still an option for you? The good news is yes, you can still get spinal decompression after knee replacement surgery. In fact, it may be even more important for post-operative pain relief. Here’s how spinal decompression works, how it can benefit you after knee replacement surgery, and what you can expect during a spinal decompression session.

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment that uses a specially-designed table to gently stretch the spine and alleviate pressure on the discs and nerves. This technique creates a negative pressure that essentially “sucks in” bulging or herniated discs, and allows them to take in more fluids, which helps to speed up healing. Patients undergoing spinal decompression usually lie on their backs or stomachs on the table, with straps around their hips and/or chest to anchor them in place. The table then slowly moves back and forth to create the stretch.

What are the benefits of spinal decompression?

The benefits of spinal decompression are manifold, providing substantial relief for those suffering from various forms of back pain. By stretching the spine, it reduces the pressure on your discs, alleviating discomfort caused by bulging or herniated discs. This relief can improve mobility, allowing for a greater range of movement and better quality of life. In addition, spinal decompression can promote healing by enhancing the flow of oxygen, blood, and nutrient-rich fluids to the damaged discs. It’s also a non-surgical and non-invasive method, meaning it doesn’t carry the risks and recovery period associated with surgical procedures. Furthermore, many patients find the treatment relaxing, and it often leads to immediate relief of symptoms. It’s particularly beneficial for those who’ve undergone knee replacement surgery and are experiencing concurrent back pain.

What is knee replacement?

Knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which a damaged or diseased knee joint is replaced with an artificial part, typically made of metal and plastic components. It is a common surgery conducted to relieve pain and restore function in severely diseased knee joints, often caused by arthritis or injury. The surgery involves cutting away damaged bone and cartilage from your thigh bone, shinbone, and kneecap and replacing it with an artificial joint. Post-surgery, patients often experience significant reduction in knee pain, and a substantial improvement in the ability to perform common activities of daily living.

Who gets knee replacement surgery?

Knee replacement surgery is typically performed on individuals who have severe arthritic conditions. Most patients are ages 50 to 80, but the procedure can be done successfully at any age. Candidates for surgery often have severe osteoarthritis and have exhausted other treatments without success. In these cases, knee pain or stiffness reduces their ability to perform everyday activities and enjoy life. Other conditions that may warrant a knee replacement include rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, or a severe knee injury. Ultimately, the decision for knee replacement is a mutual one between the patient, family, primary healthcare provider, and orthopedic surgeon.

How can spinal decompression benefit me after knee replacement surgery?

Many patients who undergo knee replacement surgery may develop compensatory movements, such as limping or walking with a cane. These movements can put additional stress on the lower back and lead to pain and discomfort. If left untreated, this pain may become chronic and interfere with your daily activities. Spinal decompression can help alleviate this pain by decompressing the spine, improving circulation and providing pain relief. Additionally, spinal decompression can help correct any misalignments caused by postoperative compensatory movements and improve your overall posture.

How can you undergo spinal decompression after knee replacement surgery?

At Newport Center Family Chiropractic, we take extra precautions to ensure that patients who have had knee replacement surgery can still safely receive spinal decompression treatment. We tailor the treatment to your individual needs, taking into account your surgical history and any other medical conditions you may have. During the first consultation, Dr. Digrado will review your medical history, discuss any concerns you may have, and conduct a physical examination to ensure that spinal decompression is the right treatment for you.

During the treatment, we will also use specialized equipment to accommodate your knee replacement. Our tables are adjustable, which means that we can position you on your back or stomach without causing discomfort to your knee. Straps around your hips and/or chest will be adjusted to avoid putting pressure on your knee joint. We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed during the entire treatment session, which usually lasts between 20-45 minutes.

Can spinal decompression alleviate the need for knee replacement surgery?

While spinal decompression therapy has been shown to be highly effective in relieving back pain and promoting overall spinal health, it is not a direct treatment for knee joint conditions. Therefore, it cannot alleviate the need for knee replacement surgery in individuals with severe knee joint degeneration or damage. Knee replacement surgery is often recommended when the knee joint is significantly damaged, and non-surgical treatments have not provided sufficient relief. However, spinal decompression therapy can be a beneficial complementary treatment, particularly for patients who develop back pain as a result of altered body mechanics post-knee surgery. Ultimately, the decision to undergo knee replacement surgery should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider, taking into account your unique medical condition and needs.

Spinal Decompression Therapy in Newport Beach, CA – Newport Center Family Chiropractic

Having a knee replacement doesn’t mean that you can’t get spinal decompression treatment for your back pain. In fact, spinal decompression can help alleviate pain caused by compensatory movements after knee replacement surgery, improve circulation and posture, and provide long-term pain relief. At Newport Center Family Chiropractic in Newport Beach, Dr. Digrado has over 20 years of experience in providing safe, effective, and individualized spinal decompression treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free life.

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