Decompression therapy is a non-surgical treatment for acute and chronic back pain. The treatment is performed through the application of traction. Traction is provided through the use of a split table specifically designed to slowly separate, thereby applying a distraction force to the lumbar spine. While the individual lies prone on the table, the distraction force is applied in cycles of traction (decompression) and relaxation. The intensity of the decompression cycle can be adjusted to the individual's level of tolerance or comfort. Decompression therapy is primarily performed to treat low back pain caused by herniated discs and degenerative disc disease.
This policy is designed to address medical guidelines that are appropriate for the majority of individuals with a particular disease, illness, or condition. Each person's unique clinical circumstances may warrant individual consideration, based on review of applicable medical records.