Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
We are pleased to now be offering Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy for both the lumbar and cervical spinal regions as well as the knees using the newest technology on the market . This breakthrough technology is an effective treatment for conditions where straight chiropractic treatment has not been completely effective, including:
Degenerative Disc Disease
Shooting pain in the arm
1. What is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy is “a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and in the low back. This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. Distraction is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. This technique of spinal decompression therapy that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This "vacuum effect" is also known as negative intra-discal pressure.
The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over four to six weeks, the results are quite dramatic.
The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.
For the low back, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back or stomach on the decompression table, with a set of nicely padded straps snug around the waist and another set around the lower chest. For the neck, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back with a pair of soft rubber pads behind the neck. Many patients enjoy the treatment, as it is usually quite comfortable and well tolerated.” - www.americanspinal.com
2. Am I a candidate for this type of therapy?
It is important to note that not everyone is a candidate for this type of therapy. Dr. Hill will meet with you for a consultation and exam to determine your particular condition. Proper patient screening is imperative and only the best candidates are accepted for care.
3. How good are the results of this type of therapy?
In the Journal of Orthopedic Technology Review, The article “Surgical Alternatives: Spinal Decompression Therapy written by Thomas A. Gionis, MD, JD, MBA, MHA, FICS, FRCS, and Eric Groteke, DC, CCIC highlighted the results of a clinical study performed to evaluate the effectiveness of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. Here is an excerpt from that article.
“Results showed that 86% of the 219 patients who completed the therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms, while 84% remained pain-free 90 days post-treatment. Physical examination findings showed improvement in 92% of the 219 patients, and remained intact in 89% of these patients 90 days after treatment. This study shows that disc disease—the most common cause of back pain, which costs the American health care system more than $50 billion annually—can be cost-effectively treated using spinal decompression. The cost for successful non-surgical therapy is less than a tenth of that for surgery.”
We have also included a list of research studies to review concerning this type of therapy. Please take the time to educate yourself on what leading professions in the field have to say in regard to the effectiveness of the therapy. Dr. Hill is available to discuss any questions you may have regarding this research at the time of your consultation.
4. Why aren’t medications a good option for managing my pain?
We believe that managing pain through medication isn't addressing or solving the issue of WHY you're in pain in the first place. Dr. Hill spent a decade of his life in school, with more anatomy and neurology classes than a medical doctor takes. He knows the body and he knows how to find the root issue of why people are in pain. He also knows that medications aren’t going to fix the problems with a disc. Patients who are candidates for this therapy and choose to follow the protocol are desperate for relief. They need something more than regular chiropractic but aren’t ready to settle for a life of medication or the negative effects of surgery. Many people have found hope again. Remember, this is not about managing the pain. We are offering a therapy, backed by research, that repairs the discs. Then we educate people on how to properly care for their spine, so they can avoid damaging their discs and enduring unnecessary pain in the future.
5. Why is this a better option than surgery?
Surgery is invasive, expensive and doesn’t have a high success rate. Often times, surgeries don’t repair the discs, run the risk of further damage, and allow scar tissue to develop which causes another host of problems. Some patients even finds themselves needing an additional surgery to combat the negative effects of their first surgery. This doesn’t include the high medical bills endured or the time off work to recover. With non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, most patients can continue working (as long as their jobs aren’t counter productive to the therapy). This therapy is significantly more affordable than surgery and allows the patient to continue living his/her life while incorporating new, effective routines to aid in healing.
6. What if I would like to be considered for this type of therapy?
Great! We are excited that you want to explore non-surgical spinal decompression therapy! Give our office a call and set up a consultation with Dr. Hill. This visit will only cost you $25 and will include a comprehensive review of symptoms as well as an MRI review (if you’ve had one). At that point, Dr. Hill will determine if you are a good candidate for this type of therapy. He will also review the treatment cost and schedule with you in detail at this appointment, so you can make an educated decision about whether or not to proceed.