Currently the best and most modern treatment for back pain is non-surgical spinal decompression. This therapy has been shown effective in the treatment of herniated discs, bulging discs and degenerative discs.
Although this treatment has been practiced for years, many people do not know how it works. Worse yet, some people mistakenly believe that decompression therapy is the same as traction.
What Spinal Decompression Treats -
Non-surgical spinal decompression is done on a machine like the DRX9000. The treatment has been hugely popular due to its success in treating patients who suffer from herniated discs, degenerative discs and bulging discs. The best part is that pain relief comes before a person needs invasive surgery.
Research on Back Pain -
The research has been astounding. It has shown that 80% of the U.S. population will suffer from back pain at some point in their life. 80% translates into 8 out of 10 people. When you think about that number, you can see why treating back pain is big business.
An estimated 26 billion dollars are spent on direct care for the pain. This does not include the cost of missed work. If you add in the incalculable cost from time lost with family and friends, you can understand why people seek treatment. Back pain sufferers are even willing to pay anywhere between $25,000 and $50,000 on back surgery, which has a low success rate.
What is Spinal Decompressing Therapy? -
A chiropractor can use a variety of machines for spinal decompression. Some of the names include: Decompression Reduction Stabilization (DRS) System, Accu-Spina System, DRX-3000, DRX9000, SpineMED Decompression Table, and Lordex Traction Unit. Not all of these are FDA approved for spinal decompression. However, they are being used for spinal decompression under the "off label" use. You can check with your chiropractor and the FDA to find out the status of the machine being used.
The treatment uses negative pressure to create something similar to a vacuum in the disc. This allows the affected discs to soak up the cushioning fluid that has leaked out during the disc tear. It is this tear and loss of fluid that make the back hurt.
How Many Treatments are Needed? -
Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy generally is provided over the course of several treatments. All the treatments are done inside the chiropractor's office where patients report no discomfort. In some cases, immediate relief is felt. However, most treatments generally last around six weeks. Only the chiropractor can tell you how long your treatment will last.
Why Choose Spinal Decompression Therapy? -
Surgery should only be used as a last result. Surgery is an invasive process and it can take weeks to recover. In addition, the success rate of surgery is very low, especially compared to non-surgical spinal decompression. Many surgery patients report continuous pain even after surgery.
However, spinal decompression therapy has a high success rate and patients report little to no discomfort from the treatment. Also, patients do not need to miss work or time with their family. The treatments are relatively quick, painless, and patients are able to walk out of the office when the therapy is done.