FLEXION-DISTRACTION/SPINAL DECOMPRESSION: This has become one of the most widely used approaches to treat disc injuries with or without nerve pain into the leg (sciatica). Treatment involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts (decompresses) or stretches the spine to isolate and treat the area of disc involvement. The use of traction or distraction of the disc combined with isolation and a gentle pumping action has been shown to increase disc height, reducing both back and nerve pain. This treatment is combined with physiotherapy and home exercises to help return the patient more quickly to full, pain-free activity. Many patients have avoided painful injections and surgery using this technique.