San Francisco Spinal Decompression Doctor Comments:
Many patients feel they may not be able to afford non-surgical spinal decompression because they have heard it's expensive. When someone asks me if decompression therapy is expensive...I always ask...compared to what?
Compared to a bottle of Advil it's expensive...but compared to Back Surgery it's cheap.
Sure, nonsurgical spinal decompression can cost anywhere from $4500-$10,000 or more, depending on where you go and how many sessions you get. But so can a vacation to Hawaii...and what's more important?
I have had several local maids working 2-3 jobs come in and pay for lumbar decompression and not complain about the price at all. And I have had bus boys and waiters do the same...even students. They came because they wanted to get rid of their chronic back or neck pain.
These patients value their health enough to spend what would be considered a large sum of money compared to what they earn...to try to get it back. They did their homework and decided it was worth the financial risk.
And you know what?...they know there's a chance it might not work, but that's OK, because life is not the same without their health...now that it's lost. And nothing is more important than getting it back...especially money, which is difficult to make more of when you are crippled with pain.
One of my most favorite quotes sums it up:
"When Health is absent, Wisdom cannot reveal Itself, Art cannot become manifest, Strength cannot be exerted, ...Wealth is useless, and Reason Is powerless."
Herophiles, 300 B.C.
So, sometimes it's a little tough to take when the big time corporate executive, making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year thinks the treatment is too expensive. Or rules out decompression treatment all together because it is not covered by her insurance.