Nonsurgical Spinal Decompresion Treatment Protocols for Herniated Discs
Posted Jun 15 2009 6:13pm
San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Doctor Comments:
It' s been about 4 years now since we purchased our first spinal decompression machine...the DRX9000.
The DRX9000 is a very expensive machine that is designed and built to treat neurovascular conditions such as disc bulges, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease nonsurgically.
In the beginning we were very strict with the manufacturers protocol of 20 sessions...5x for 2 weeks, 3x for 2 weeks, and 2x for 2 weeks.
It did not take us long to realize that all back pain and neck pain presentations...as well as patient schedules, are different. So we began to tweak the protocols and work with patients so that they could get the decompression therapy that they needed...even those with heavy work/travel schedules. It' s been a great decision so far.
What we found was...as long as there were multiple sessions over a short period of time, spinal decompression therapy seemed to work.
So sure...if we think it makes sense clinically...and the patient has the time...we do it by the book.
But...if we think daily sessions are too many (some patients are pretty sore when they start)...or we think 20 sessions is not enough (some need more)...or if the patient just can' t commit to more than 2-3 sessions per week (busy work or family schedules)...we adjust the protocol.
There are many other things we have learned also about treating chronic disc pain patients with the DRX9000 (lumbar decompression system) and the DRX9000c (cervical decompression system). For instance...we have mastered the harnessing process...which is key...as well as knowing when to increase or lower the lbs. of pull...or when to start rehabilitation exercises or refer out for medical care...this all comes with experience.
So if you live or work near downtown San Francisco,and have been considering nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000...but you are worried because your schedule is so erratic...give us a call...we can probably make it work.