Spinal Decompression: FSA Eligibility

Spinal Decompression: eligible with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Spinal decompression is eligible with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA) or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Spinal decompression is not eligible for reimbursement with a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

What is spinal decompression? 

Spinal decompression is a form of therapy that is used to treat chronic back pain where traditional therapies and strategies have failed. The central idea behind spinal decompression therapy is that the spine will be stretched using a variety of medical devices, such as traction boards, door-mounted traction devices or motorized devices with the overarching goal of alleviating back, leg, neck and nerve pain (WebMD). 

What is spinal decompression used for?

Spinal decompression therapy makes use of a series of spinal traction devices that are designed to stretch the spine and alleviate pain in a variety of joints. They are particularly helpful in treating conditions such as bulging, degenerating or herniated discs in the spine. This therapy has two main benefits for those with these conditions. First, it will relieve inter-disc pressure between the affected areas, which can promote the retraction or realignment of these discs in their normal positions. Finally, this eased pressure on the area can promote improved blood flow to this area which can speed the healing process (Spine-Health).

Other medical conditions that could be assisted by spinal decompression therapy include sciatica and neck pain, worn spinal joints and injured/diseased spinal nerve roots. Spinal decompression therapy is widely prescribed by doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths and more, and it is recommended that patients consult a medical professional and their medical conditions to ensure that decompression therapy is the best and safest choice for their long-term health.


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