Spinal Decompression in Fairview | decompression therapy, alternate to back surgery, back surgery alternative | lower back pain, pinched nerve, sciatica, neck pain, herniated discs, disc pain, bulging disc

2 Fairview Hills Drive
Fairview, NC 28730

   Edward Reilly, DC

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We’ll start by answering some of the most common questions we are asked here but if you need any additional information, please call our office at 828.628.7800 and ask to speak to Dr. Reilly. We will talk to you personally in order to help you make the right decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is an extremely safe, highly-effective, FDA-cleared, affordable, non-surgical traction based treatment outcome for herniated or bulging discs in the neck and lower back. Anyone who has back, neck, arm or leg pain may be helped by spinal decompression therapy.


How many Spinal Decompression sessions will be needed?

The number of sessions needed and your specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination.


Is Spinal Decompression Painful?

In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session.

What type of decompression system is used and is the Doctor certified in spinal decompression therapy?

After a significant amount of research, Fairview Chiropractic Center choose the KDT 650 decompression traction system which we believe is the most technologically advanced, most trusted, widely used, state-of-the-art decompression system in the world.

Dr. Reilly completed the Kennedy Decompression Technique course and passed the qualifying examination to achieve the status of “Certified Practitioner” in spinal decompression therapy. He has over 11 years experience using spinal decompression traction, utilizes two tables and has provided over 50,000 safe and effective treatments. He also presented this traction therapy approach to local neurosurgeons, orthopedic groups and MD’s who often refer patients to him for treatment of disc problems.


What makes Spinal Decompression Therapy so effective?

Doctor skill combined with the table and computerized traction head are the keys. Proper assessment, correct positioning and the use of preprogrammed patterns of distraction and relaxation may reduce disc pressure allowing necessary nutrients to enliven and accelerate disc healing.


Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Anyone who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or even failed surgery.


Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Yes! One study documented by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases and other studies reported that the majority of herniated disc patients achieved "good" to "excellent" results after spinal decompression therapy.


Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not indicated?

Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have osteoporosis, severe obesity or nerve damage. Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or “cages”) is also a contraindication for treatment. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion spinal surgery, can be performed.

Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises in addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy?

To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (as indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.

How do I get started?

We want to make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Just call our office at 628-7800 and ask to speak to Dr, Reilly. We will talk to you personally to help you make the right decision.

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After scheduling your consultation, please remember to bring any MRI reports so the doctor can review them and best advise you about your treatment options.


"I first began seeing Dr. Reilly in June 2007. I had first injured my back 10 years ago while I was working at a fast food restaurant. I saw a chiropractor then for several months and was diagnosed with a herniated disc. The pain was almost constant and got so bad that I was unable to dress myself, take a shower myself or even put my own shoes on. The chiropractor that I was seeing then was unable to provide any relief. The pain continued to get worse and I had to take a leave of absence from work. Eventually, with several months of bed rest, the pain subsided and I was able to return to work. Always in the back of my mind, I was worried that I would re-injure the same spot. Once I began working as a nurse, the constant pulling and tugging began to aggravate the old injury again. So in June 2007 I began to see Dr. Reilly to see if I could get some relief from the pain. I had the usual adjustments at first, followed by cold therapy and DTS (spinal traction). After the very first week of visits I already felt some relief. I believe the traction was what made the biggest difference. I have only been able to keep working because of Dr. Reilly. I still see him for regular adjustments and have told everyone that he is the real deal!!! I literally am only able to continue working because of him. No-one should ever doubt the power of true chiropractic to relieve pain and restore function."

 ~ Rachel R., RN



How could I have imagined what was in store for me the morning I got out of bed noticing a slight discomfort in my left buttock. Over the course of the day it didn't go away as I had hoped but also seemed no worse so I didn't dwell on it. Thinking I had slept in some position to bring it on, I hoped the next nights rest would make it go away. The second morning, the discomfort was more distinct, with slight pain down my leg so I decided to see the chiropractor who has helped me with previous back pain problems. Dr. Reilly did an assessment through various bending, stretching and reaching exercises and said the problem was not in my left leg but in the lower back, (L-5 disc) which is fairly common and treatable. I began regular chiropractic treatments including electro-stimulation and adjustments, later adding decompression traction. The pain down my leg progressed steadily as a particular nerve became severely affected. Sitting was nearly impossible leading Dr. Reilly to do an x-ray which showed a more difficult problem with the disc. He advised me to see my family doctor. Along with continued chiropractor treatments including now a cold laser, my family physician ordered pain medication and an MRI. We decided the problem could be corrected without surgery, so we reached out to a Carolina Spine specialist for further expertise. With epidural steroid injections and on-going chiropractic work, this team approach has been very beneficial and I am feeling almost "all the way back". I commend Dr. Reilly for his warm, caring professional work throughout. It is fortunate for people in the Fairview area that we can partake of his services and rely on his expert advice.

 ~ Fred B.

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