In the USA, Back pain is one of the most common reasons for going to the doctor; more than 10% of visits to primary-care physicians are for this problem and amounts to about $86 billion in health care spending annually.
Approximately 25–60% of patients who experience low-back pain (LBP) will report recurrence of pain, many within as little time as one year (1). LBP is the most common cause of work disability in the US (2). Many patients on disability for periods in excess of six months will not return to work. That number decreases to nearly zero after two years (3). LBP is also the most expensive reason for work disability in the US (2). It has been estimated that 2% of the work force in the US will be compensated for back-related disabilities.
In Australia, chronic low back pain is increasing faster than any other disability. Five-to-seven percent of the population report their back problem as a chronic condition. Back pain disability lasting for longer than 4 weeks accounts for 50% of work loss. Chronic low back pain affects more than 1,900,000 Australian individuals and costs Australia more than 10 billion dollars each year (4).
Spinal decompression is a revolutionary, computer-aided technology that helps treat the symptoms of low back and neck pain from herniated, bulging, degenerated and slipped discs. Spinal decompression is FDA-cleared and has been around for more than ten years.
There have been more than 10 successful research studies conducted with spinal decompression and there are currently more than 7,000 clinics in the U.S. and Canada that are performing spinal decompression treatments. Every day more and more clinics are adding spinal decompression as an alternative to surgery for patients suffering from herniated, bulging, degenerated, and slipped discs. Even when physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, pain pills and shots have failed, most patients still receive dramatic pain relief after 4 to 6 weeks of spinal decompression.
What Does Spinal Decompression Treat?
FDA cleared Spinal Decompression technology treats symptoms of back pain due to:
Sciatica (leg pain) Degenerative Discs
Post-Surgical Pain and more…
How Does Spinal Decompression Work?
Decompression is achieved by using a specific combination of force of pull, angle in degree of pull and varying time in order to create a negative pressure inside the discs within the spinal cord. This reversal of pressure creates a vacuum inside the disc that helps to draw in bulging discs and extruded disc material back into place, taking pressure off pinched or irritated nerves.
Spinal experts believe that nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn into the disc to create a revitalized environment conducive to healing for both herniated and degenerated discs. Based on the patient’s body weight, tolerance, level of severity and duration of symptoms, a spinal decompression specialist will determine a specific treatment plan based on individual needs. This will help to ensure the best, most long-lasting results.
What are the Treatments Like?
At the beginning of each session, you will be comfortably fitted with a harness designed to achieve optimal decompression of the low back or neck. During a spinal decompression session, you will notice a slow lengthening of your spine as your discs are gradually decompressed and relieved of pressure. The treatment process is safe and relaxing. While some patients with extensively injured discs have reported mild discomfort during the first few treatment sessions, their discomfort generally subsides upon subsequent visits. A patient safety switch provides an extra safety feature, allowing you to stop at any point should you feel discomfort. Each treatment session lasts approximately 8-15 minutes.
What is the Typical Treatment Protocol?
A typical spinal decompression treatment protocol consists of about 20-25 sessions sions over four to six weeks. Some conditions require fewer visits; some require more. Many patients report relief from their pain and other symptoms during the first few treatment sessions, and most experience dramatic pain relief after completion of their prescribed treatment program.
Success of Spinal Decompression
Does spinal decompression really work? Most research articles as well as practicing spinal decompression doctors report spinal decompression success rates to be between 71% and 89%. This success rate is defined as taking an average patient from a 6-10 (out of 10 on a pain scale, with 10 representing the highest pain measure) down to a 0-3 at the end of the treatment protocol.
Listed below are results of successful clinical trials with spinal decompression therapy.
John Leslie M.D. and the Mayo Clinic 18th Annual Meeting American Academy of Pain Management, Tampa Fl Sept. 5 2007. Multi-center, phase II, non-randomized pilot study utilizing spinal decompression. Designed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of spinal decompression in the treatment of chronic lower back pain.
Patients enrolled – average of ten years of chronic back pain.
After two weeks of treatments of spinal decompression- 50% reduction in pain scores. Upon completion of the entire six week protocol success rate of
88.9% was documented.
Norman Shealy CN, Koladia N, Wesemann, M. American Journal of Pain Management. Long-term effect analysis of IDD therapy in low back pain: a retrospective clinical pilot study. July 2005;75,(3).
Of 24 study participants, each reported consistent pain relief and continual improvement of symptoms one year later. Improvement in pain continued after the treatment sessions were completed.
Shealy, CN. Practical pain management: technology review. IDD Therapy. April 2005;5(3).
The treatment leads to satisfactory pain relief and improved quality of life in up to 88% of patients, many of whom have failed other “conventional” approaches. Based on the author’s review of recent study results, IDD Therapy ‘”appears to be the current optimal recommendation for most lumbar pain syndromes.
Eyerman E. MRI evidence of nonsurgical, mechanical reduction, rehydration and repair of the herniated lumbar disc. Journal of Neuroimaging. April 1998;8(2).
All but 3 of 20 patients reported significant pain relief and complete relief of weakness and immobility, when present. This study also shows a correlation between the improvement on the MRI and the reported improvement in pain.
Gose, et al.Vertebral axial decompression therapy for pain associated with herniated discs, degenerated discs, or facet syndrome. Journal of Neurological Research. April 1998.
Average time between the initial onset of symptoms and beginning of treatment was 40 months
Data was collected from 22 medical centers in the USA
Pain was rated on a scale from 0-5 with severe pain being 5
Average was 4.2; Success was considered 0-1
Overall the treatment was successful 71% of the time
Gionis T,Groteke E.D. Orthopedic Technology Review. Decompression using DRX 9000. November 2003.
219 patients with herniated discs and degenerative disc disease 86% showed improvement and resolution of their symptoms 92 % showed improvement overall
2 % relapsed within 90 days
Spinal Decompression is Long Lasting
The success rates of spinal decompression sound pretty impressive. But you may ask, “Will the results last or do I need to keep coming back every week for the rest of my life?”
Several research articles have demonstrated the long-lasting success of spinal decompression.
In the article, “The Treatment of 100 Cases With Articulating Traction Decompression & Specific Patient Posturing Including 12 Month Follow-up” performed by Ryan M. Rosenthal, DC, and Igor Russo, DC , 95% of the total group reported complete and/or significant pain relief. Thus, the overwhelming majority of patients benefited from this treatment. And only 2% went on to need back surgery.
But what was most impressive is that when these patients were contacted 1 year later, as revealed in the one-year post treatment follow-up data, the majority of the patients surveyed maintained significant relief of their spinal condition. Eighty percent (80%) of those surveyed maintained a visual analog pain score between 0-3 out of 10. The satisfaction level revealed that the majority (86%) of the patients were “satisfied” with their treatment.
In another study on the long-term effectiveness of spinal decompression called “Long-term effect analysis of IDD therapy® in low back pain,” C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, Nirman Koladia, MD, and Merrill M. Wesemann, MD reported a 76% success rate even a full year later. And the average pain dropped from 6.88 out of 10 to a 1.65 after 1 year.
So it looks like 1 year after treatments patients were still doing pretty well. But what about 4 years after treatments?
In the research article, “Decompression reduces chronic back pain: a four year study,” Dr. Odell M.D., and Dr. Boudreau D.O. reported the following in Anesthesiology News, March 2003:
ABSTRACT: Excellent 4 year study results have been reported in a small series of patients with chronic discogenic low back pain with a spinal decompression device. Of the 23 patients who responded, 52% had a pain level of zero, 91% were able to resume their normal daily activities, and 87% were working or retired without having back pain as the cause of retirement.
What did they find? What does this mean? This means that 86% of patients treated showed a 50% or better pain reduction at 4 years. “After 4 years 52% showed a pain level of zero. Thus pain relief not only improved but lasted,” reported R. Odell M.D.
DO YOU QUALIFY? WHY CHOOSE US?
DO YOU QUALIFY?
Here are a few questions to see if you might qualify for our 5 step spinal decompression program
Do you have pain in the neck or back?
Has your back or neck pain restricted you physically preventing you from doing your job, playing your favorite sport or spending time with your loved ones?
Have you tried other forms of “conventional treatments” such as physical therapy, pills, or chiropractic that have failed to produce lasting results?
Have you been diagnosed with a herniated disc, bulging disc, degenerated disc, sciaTica or chronic neck or back pain by a doctor.
IMPORTANT: You may not qualify if you have been diagnosed with any of the following.
Have fusion or have had a surgical fusion in the area of your pain.
Have cancer that has spread to the bones of the spine.
Are currently pregnant.
While the majority of the patients we treat experience significant pain relief, our program is NOT for everyone! In order to determine if you qualify for our program or not we offer a complimentary consultation. We only want to treat patients that we feel confident that we can get better so we only accept a select group of patients. If we don’t feel like we can help we will refer you to someone who can.
WHY CHOOSE US?
We feel that we offer the most comprehensive, unique, and cost-effective back pain relief program in the state. We have spent years searching out the most advanced, most effective technologies out there to ensure that we are offering our patients the best possible care. Here are a few other ways that separate us from the competition.
• Long track record of patient success
• Unbeatable pricing
• Financing options – Finance your care over 12 or 24 months
• Only use state of the art true spinal decompression equipment
• 10% Discount to Cash Paying Patients
• Most advanced rehab protocols to ensure the longest lasting results.
• Referral Bonuses – refer a friend, get 3 free treatments
If you have any additional questions about spinal decompression therapy in Raleigh, NC to treat back and neck pain caused by disc bulges, disc herniations, degenerative disc dissease, sciatica, bulging discs, arthritis of the spine or about chiropractic care in Raleigh, please feel free to get in touch here.
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Dr. Jeffrey Gerdes, D.C. “Your Raleigh Chiropractor”