1. How many treatments does it take to achieve the desired results? According to published research, patients with a chronic (long-term) condition will need about 24 visits to achieve long-term physiological changes.
2. What are my chances of achieving pain relief? According to a recently published research study by Dr. Timothy Burkhart of Hill DT Solutions, a person with chronic back or neck pain has a 91% chance of achieving full or very significant pain relief. Many patients are able to avoid surgery.
3. How much will this cost me? Programs cost about $3,300 for one area and $4,600 for two areas. Payment plans are available.
4. What are the different parts of a successful decompression program? All components are essential as each works together in the healing process to achieve the best possible result. It is important not to pick and choose, but do them all.
- Decompression – 24 sessions is what research shows to be the optimal dosage for long-term relief. Decompression is $50 per session for one area and an additional $25 per session for a second area.
- Chiropractic adjustments – 12-24 sessions is usually the optimal dosage for the technique we use.
- MLS laser therapy – 24 sessions is recommended for chronic pain. MLS is $50 per session for one area and an additional $25 per session for a second area
- Rehab – for low back conditions we use the BackSys to strengthen the lower back ($50). For neck conditions we use the Cox Isotonic Neck device to strengthen the neck muscles ($35). It is important to do your rehab exercises at home to support the progress we make in the clinic.
- Postural support – Foot Levelers orthotics ($275) have been shown to relieve low back pain by 35% and are prescribed for all low back patients. Exclusively Yours custom pillows ($120) give proper overnight support and are prescribed for all cervical decompression patients.
- Nutritional supplementation – we use Disc Discovery which contains the nutrients spinal discs need for repair and regeneration. It is essential to take this during the program. The cost is $23 per bottle with a total of three bottles used through the three months of the program.
When combined, this comprehensive care package all works together to produce the best outcome.
5. Will the relief I achieve last? According to published research, more than 50% of patients were able to maintain a pain-free or near pain-free status for up to four years after treatment had ended.
6. Is this the same as traditional traction therapy? In short, no. Decompression therapy creates true decompression in the spine, meaning it reduces pressure in the disc to a negative amount. Traditional traction or inversion therapy does provide stretching of the spine – which can be beneficial – but does not reduce pressure enough in the disc to achieve a negative amount. In a head-to-head study, decompression therapy rendered good to excellent relief in 86% of patients with herniated discs and 75% of patients with facet syndrome. Traction therapy yielded no excellent results in patients with herniated discs and only 50% of patients with facet syndrome rendered good to excellent results.
7. What conditions is spinal decompression treatment used for? Degenerated discs, herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndrome, failed spine surgery, or failure to respond to traditional chiropractic, physical therapy, steroid injections or pain medication.
8. Why aren’t other chiropractors and physical therapists in our area offering this service? Many chiropractors and physical therapists are not comfortable treating complex spine pain cases. And most in our area do not have the same extra training or certifications as Dr. Kyle. Decompression therapy is a specialized technique for treating these cases. The decompression therapy table is an expensive piece of equipment which may deter some clinicians from purchasing one.
9. Why doesn’t my insurance pay for decompression therapy? Some aspects of your chiropractic care may be covered by insurance such as chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic services and rehab exercises. Postural supports, supplements, MLS laser and decompression therapy are not covered by insurance. Decompression is a relatively new technology and insurance takes a while to cover some new treatment options. Also, decompression therapy has been proven effective and works so well that if insurance covered it almost everyone with neck or back pain would give it a try. This would not be profitable for insurance companies.