Failed Back Surgery Syndrome – The Facts and the Odds
June 22, 2014 — 13:46

Author: Dr. Griffith  Category: Non-Surgical Solutions to Back and Neck Pain  Tags: , ,   Comments: 0

Doctor With MriIf you are ever unfortunate enough to be in a situation where back surgery seems inevitable, you have my sympathies. I sympathize even more if you have already undergone a back surgery which wasn’t successful. The problem is that in many cases, unsuccessful spinal surgery can leave you with more pain and less mobility than you had before the procedure took place.

The Chances of Successful Back Surgery

In reality, the odds of back surgery successfully resolving disc disorders and other spinal conditions are not that good. If you look at the success rate figures from the perspective of the surgical profession, you might see numbers between 80 and 95%. However; what “success” really means from that perspective, is that the surgical procedure is carried out successfully. It doesn’t represent the likelihood that you will be free of pain or that your mobility will be improved following the procedure.

In fact, the failure of back surgery to give back a patient’s quality of life is such a common event that it even has its own name – Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. The term “syndrome” is something of a misnomer here, because it really isn’t a syndrome. However the fact remains that back surgery often fails to deliver the results which were hoped for by the patient. Even more alarming is the fact that many patients end up in more pain following invasive spinal backtreatment such as discectomy or spinal fusion.

A Closer Look at the Odds

Depending on the nature of the surgery you undergo, the chances of remaining in the same condition, or even in worse condition than before the procedure are between 10 and 40%. According to the United Kingdom charity organization “Backcare”, spinal fusion procedures carry a 10 to 20% chance of the patient being in the same amount of pain after the procedure. Another 10 to 20% of procedures will leave the patient in worse pain or requiring further surgery.

In a 2011 study reported by the journal “Spine”, 1450 workers with chronic lower back pain either underwent lumbar fusion, or were treated using non-surgical methods. Two years later, 64% of the non-surgically treated patients were back at work, compared with only 26% of those who had surgery. If your definition of a “successful” spinal back treatment means being able to return to a normal life, then 74% of the surgical procedures in this study were unsuccessful.

Risk of Complications in back Surgery

If you are considering back surgery, you should also be aware of the risks inherent in any invasive spinal procedure. Back surgery carries more risk than many other types of procedure. One of the reasons for this is that the tissues which go under the knife are in very close proximity to delicate nerves. Therefore the risk of nerve damage being caused during surgery is higher than in other parts of the body.

Of course any surgery carries a degree of risk, but in spinal surgery, the risks are not only higher, but the consequences of complications can be very serious. In fact, in 5% of surgical procedures on the spine, a life-threatening or serious event takes place. Complications of back surgery can include:

  • Infections setting in after the surgery
  • Spinal fluid leaks
  • Damage to spinal nerves
  • Paralysis

Another important thing to remember is that further surgical procedures increase the odds of complications, simply because your exposure to the risks is increased.

The First Surgical Procedure May not be the Last

The reason I mention repeat procedures is because they are far from uncommon for patients who undergo surgical spinal back treatment. In the case of discectomy for example, the repaired disc may herniate a second time and even a third. If this happens and further surgery is performed in each case, the risk of failed back surgery syndrome is greatly increased.

In the case of spinal fusion, the chances of repeat surgery being required are high. The effect of the fusion can cause further parts of the spine to degenerate, to the point where another fusion is required. At this point the odds of ever being free from lower back pain and having a decent range of spinal mobility are stacked against you.

How to Avoid Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

The one sure-fire way to avoid FBSS is to avoid surgery, period. All the research suggests that conservative methods of spinal back treatment are as likely, if not more likely to be effective in giving you long term freedom from the pain and debilitating effects of herniated and bulging discs, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease.

If you are already suffering from regular bouts of terrible backache as a result of failed back surgery, why take the risk of going under the knife again? Here at Orange County Wellness Physicians, our unique, patented SDR SystemTM can resolve the cause of your discomfort without risk of further damage. At the same time, this program of combined deep tissue laser treatment and non-surgical spinal decompression can bring you fast relief from your lower back or neck pain.

If you’d like some details about our Spine and Disc Restoration SystemTM, just provide us with your email address to receive more information. Alternatively you can talk to us directly and schedule a consultation by calling (888) 513-3472.

How to Get Relief from Painful Sciatica without Resorting to Surgery
June 14, 2014 — 17:09

Author: Dr. Griffith  Category: Non-Surgical Solutions to Back and Neck Pain  Tags:   Comments: 0

Pain In Back Of WomenIf you are one of the millions of Americans diagnosed with sciatica, you probably already know a lot about the symptoms. However, if your condition is severe and you are considering surgery, perhaps as a result of a recommendation, you may not be aware of the numerous non-surgical treatment options. When we are suffering regular bouts of pain, weakness or discomfort from any musculoskeletal condition, all we tend to want is a way to free ourselves from the misery and impairment caused by the problem. Surgery all too often seems to present the only practical solution.

However, I cannot stress enough that when it comes to the symptoms of sciatica, undergoing surgery is something to avoid at almost any cost. Many non-surgical treatments actually have a higher chance of successfully remedying the condition than going under the knife. In fact, surgical procedures used to treat sciatica have a less than 60% rate of success.

Medical Options for Sciatica Treatment

Fortunately, there is quite a wide range of non-surgical treatments available for Sciatica sufferers or rather; they are treatments for the conditions which result in sciatica pain. While we tend to think of sciatica as a condition in itself, it’s really a term for the symptoms of sciatic nerve irritation, which can cause severe pain and numbness in the lower back, buttocks and legs. Usually this irritation is caused by an underlying spinal disc problem or a bone spur. There a number of conditions that can result in pinching of the sciatic nerve. They include:

  • A herniated disc – where inner disc core extrusion puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Degenerative discs – when degeneration results in excess spinal movement, in turn irritating the nerve roots.
  • Spinal Stenosis – where the spinal canal narrows and begins to pinch nerve roots.

Non-surgical medical treatments for sciatica tend to address the sciatic pain rather than any underlying condition. They include self-administered application of heat or cold to areas of acute pain, medication to be used for pain management (oral steroids or NSAIDS), and epidural steroid injections to reduce inflammation around the sciatic nerve.

Any of these treatments may provide relief from Sciatica pain but, with the exception of heat and cold treatment, also carry the risk of side effects and can do more harm than good over the longer term. For safe, effective, non-surgical sciatica treatment which can actually bring long term relief and address impingement on the sciatic nerve, we must look beyond standard medical solutions.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture, the practice of inserting ultra-thin needles into the skin, is a treatment which many sciatica sufferers find effective for pain relief. Acupuncture cannot remedy the condition. However, it does represent a far safer alternative to medication and steroid injections, when used as an adjunct to other non-surgical sciatica treatment.

Massage and Physical Therapy

Again, physical and massage therapy techniques for the treatment of sciatica can often relieve the symptoms. Physical therapy exercise programs in particular, can also decrease the frequency of sciatica attacks through improving your posture and spinal alignment, as well as by strengthening the core muscles which support your spine. Massage therapy relieves the pain of sciatic nerve irritation by improving blood circulation, relaxing tight muscles and encouraging the release of endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain relieving chemicals.

Chiropractic Adjustment

Often the most effective form of sciatica treatment, chiropractic adjustment involves the use of high-velocity spinal manipulation techniques to correct anomalies in spinal alignment. If spinal misalignment is the cause of your sciatica, starting a program of chiropractic care can bring fast relief to the symptoms.

Over the course of a number of sessions, you may even find that regaining your correct spinal alignment completely removes pressure from your sciatic nerve roots. If so, your sciatica may be completely cured, although it makes sense to continue with chiropractic treatment periodically to prevent future spinal problems. Chiropractic adjustments, like other treatments using physical manipulation, is totally safe and also promotes improvement of overall health and wellness.

When Nothing Seems to Help

Of course it’s possible that you’ve tried one or more forms of conservative treatment to break free from the effects of sciatica, to no avail. It’s at this point that many of us begin to believe surgery is the only remaining option. When sciatica results from herniated discs, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, it can be tough to get any long term relief without tackling these spinal problems directly.

However two other forms of conservative treatment, when used in combination, result in a success rate of 95% for treating spinal disc disorders. Spinal decompression treatment and class 4 deep laser therapy, when used together can bring about profound improvements in the most severe cases of sciatica and their underlying causes. Here at Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center, we’ve brought these treatments together in a revolutionary patented system we call The Spine and Disc Restoration System™.

The SDR SystemTM

If you or someone you know is at their wits end with the debilitating effects of sciatica, surgery may not be the answer. There is a 95% chance that the safe and effective SDR SystemTM will provide a successful resolution, and those are far better odds than you will get with a surgical procedure. To proceed with treatment under our SDR SystemTM, a comprehensive consultation and evaluation must first take place. To schedule a consultation, you can phone us on (888) 513-3472. Alternatively, if you’d like more information about The Spine and Disc Restoration SystemTM, just follow this link to submit your email address and we’ll send you details immediately.

The 1, 2, 3s of Degenerative Disc Disease
June 7, 2014 — 15:38

Author: Dr. Griffith  Category: Non-Surgical Solutions to Back and Neck Pain  Tags:   Comments: 0

Physiotherapist explaining the spineDegenerative disc disease is an often misunderstood term, at least outside of the professional medical environment. However it’s one of the most common causes of neck and lower back pain in adults. Many of us will suffer symptoms at some point in our later lives as a result of one or more degenerative discs. Today’s post seeks to unravel some of the mysteries of degenerative disc disease and provide some factual information about its treatment.

DDD – What It Is and What It Isn’t

Let’s start with 3 key points about the term “degenerative disc disease” or DDD and what it really means.

1) When we hear the term “degenerative”, we quite rightly become alarmed. In the case of degenerative disc disease though, it’s important to understand that “degenerative” refers to the condition of our spinal discs, which inexorably deteriorates as we age. It does not relate to the symptoms. In other words, if you are diagnosed with DDD, it doesn’t mean you will suffer greater degrees of pain or that you will necessarily become more handicapped in terms of mobility over time.

2) In terms of its nature and severity, DDD can vary greatly. Some of us will develop symptoms, others may never do so. A great deal depends on how well you look after your spine throughout your life. Smokers, people who perform heavy manual labor and those who are significantly overweight are at greater risk of DDD resulting in lower back or neck pain.

3) Perhaps the most important point to understand is that Degenerative Disc Disease is not actually a disease, despite its title. DDD is something which happens to all of us, to a greater or lesser degree and is a natural part of the ageing process. As we get older a number of things happen to the discs in our spine, these changes include:

  • A reduction in the amount of fluid contained within the discs
  • Minute tears or cracks form in the annulus or outer layer of our discs
  • In some cases, the jelly-like material from the disc nucleus may be forced out through the tears in the annulus

DDD begins to manifest itself as a problem either when it directly results in inflammation and pain or when other conditions, such as a bulging or herniated disc or spinal stenosis occur as a result of the degeneration.

Prevention and Treatment of Degenerative Discs

While it may not be possible to prevent the natural degeneration of our spinal discs as we age, there are ways to keep it at bay and reduce the likelihood of further conditions arising. In the event that DDD begins to cause chronic neck or lower back pain or other uncomfortable symptoms, treatments range from medication and invasive spinal back surgery to more conservative, alternative forms of therapy.

1) To reduce the risk of DDD advancing prematurely and/or causing painful symptoms, a number of pro-active measures can be taken, most of which relate to activity and lifestyle. Some examples include:

  • Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet
  • Regular exercise to control weight and promote spinal mobility
  • Quit smoking or better still, don’t ever start smoking
  • Invest in a program of preventative care, such as regular visits to a chiropractor
  • Practice safe lifting techniques when involved in heavy manual work activity

2) If you begin to suffer from the symptoms of degenerative disc disease, you will almost certainly need to seek treatment, both to help manage the pain and to try and achieve a remedy for the underlying problem. Very often, the onset of chronic back pain stems from complications arising as a result of degenerative discs. Common problems include:

  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc

3) Pain from degenerative disc disease may manifest as mild, moderate or even terrible backache, but the condition can also cause pain, pins and needles or numbness in the limbs. Mild to moderate pain can sometimes be relieved by the application of hot or cold packs to the affected area. Some people choose to manage pain with over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication or perhaps using stronger medications prescribed by a doctor. Others may try receiving steroid injections around the spine to relieve inflammation and associated muscle spasms.

In cases of spinal stenosis or bulging or herniated discs, physicians may recommend surgery. This commonly involves removing the degenerated or damaged disc. Sometimes surgery involves fusing the bones to protect the spinal cord. However surgery carries associated risks, is expensive and does not guarantee that a patient will be free from further degenerative disc problems. Steroidal injections too can be risky and involve unpleasant side effects. Pain relief medication does no more than provide short term pain relief and can be harmful if used for prolonged periods.

If you are suffering from chronic back or neck pain as a result of degenerative discs and have tried various treatments to little effect, you may be eligible for a revolutionary form of conservative treatment offered by Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center.

95% Chance of Long Term Pain Relief – Spine and Disc Restoration

At OCWP, our SDR SystemTMuses non-invasive, side effect-free treatment methods to provide long lasting relief from DDD and other disc disorder symptoms. Combining spinal decompression with deep tissue laser treatment, this system also acts directly on damaged discs to promote healing and reversal of disc damage.

Our system is at the absolute forefront of treatment for degenerative disc disease andpatients who qualify enjoy a success rate of 95%. If you are suffering from the symptoms of degenerative disc disease and have tried various treatments to no avail, find out more about the SDR SystemTM. Simply enter your email address here and you’ll receive details in your inbox immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

6 Tips for Injury-Free Running
May 25, 2014 — 17:37

Author: Dr. Griffith  Category: Healthy Living  Tags: ,   Comments: 0

athlete running sport feet on trail healthy lifestyle fitnessMany people today take up running as part of a fitness schedule. Some of us do it to help with weight loss, others to maintain a healthy heart. Some of us are more ambitious and decide to fulfill an ambition to run a marathon. Whatever your reason, running is a great way to get fit, but you need to do it safely. Like any sports injuries, those incurred by runners are often avoidable by following a few simple rules.

If you are just beginning to run for fitness, or are thinking about trying it, some of the following tips will definitely be helpful. If you are an established runner, you may just find out some information you didn’t know already about avoiding sports injuries while out enjoying your passion. Here then, are six practical hints to keep you running safely and preventing damage to your body.

#1 Invest in Good Shoes

If you don’t spend money on any other sportswear for your running pastime, a good pair of running shoes is worth the financial outlay. When you go to a sports or shoe shop, you will doubtless see many attractive looking pairs of running shoes on display. Don’t focus on how good the shoes look though. Do your homework and buy the best pair you can afford. As an aid to safe running and avoiding sports injuries, your shoes are the most important item of equipment you can buy.

Running shoes which cushion your feet effectively will go a long way to prevent damage to your legs, hips and spine from the constant impact of your feet on the ground. As well as cushioning, the other feature to look for in a pair of running shoes is support. Finally, make sure the shoes you buy are a good fit. Ill-fitting running shoes are more likely to cause sports injuries than prevent them.

#2 Don’t Run Before You Can Walk

When you first set out to run as part of a training, general fitness or weight loss program, it’s easy to let enthusiasm carry you away. However, starting out slowly is the best way to avoid early injuries as a result of overdoing it. On your first outings, use a walking/running strategy. For example you might run for five to ten seconds and then walk for 50 seconds.

As your strength increases, you can increase the ratio of running to walking until eventually you run for the entire distance of your workout. After that, you can start to increase the overall distance of your run – But do so gradually.

#3 Always Warm Up/Cool Down

One of the surest ways to incur sports injuries is to launch straight into intense athletic activity. You can prevent this by thoroughly warming up before your run. Do this by walking briskly or gently jogging for some distance before breaking into your actual run. Similarly, cool your muscles down at the end of your run by slowing to a jog or performing some leg stretches at the end of your run.

#4 Find a Good Surface

Many of the sports injuries caused by running are related to the constant shocks of your body weight being transferred through your feet to the ground. You can reduce the risk of stress injuries by selecting a good surface on which to run. Concrete is by far the worst surface, it’s ten times harder than asphalt, so try to avoid running on concrete if possible. For higher mileage runs, try to use grass or dirt paths and tracks.

#5Don’t Use a 90 Degree Posture

This tip is specifically to help you avoid hip and back injuries as well as general lower back pain which can be caused by running. Runners who suffer with back problems are usually the ones who keep a fully upright, 90 degree posture. Instead, try to lean your body slightly forward from the hips when you run. This reduces the pressure on your back muscles and spine.

#6 Exercise Your Hamstrings

Another way to help prevent back injuries when running is to develop strength in the large muscles at the back of your thighs, called the hamstrings. If you hamstrings are strong, stress on your lower back is minimized when you run. This is particularly important if you are already suffering from lower back pain but wish to take running exercise, also if you find that running is causing pain in your back.

Just perform some appropriate exercises to stretch your hamstrings twice a day to complement your running workouts. Remember though, if you find you are suffering lower back pain regularly even after you have built up your hamstrings, there may be an underlying condition. In this case it makes sense to visit a back pain specialist to find out if you are suffering from a herniated disc or other spinal condition.

Following the six points above will help to keep you free from injury to your feet, legs, hips and spine so you can enjoy your running and stay pain-free. However if you suffer from lower back pain and it’s enough to make running uncomfortable, the specialists at Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center can help you avoid surgery. Visit our website for a free report on the things you must know before undergoing neck or back surgery.

 

Why You Don’t Need Surgery or Drugs to Reverse Disc Herniation
May 17, 2014 — 15:41

Author: Dr. Griffith  Category: Non-Surgical Solutions to Back and Neck Pain  Tags: ,   Comments: 0

Back pain. Athletic woman in pink sportswear standing at the seaAmong those of us who know a little about golf and even those who don’t, Tiger Woods has been a household name for the last twenty years. In the last two months though, he has become more famous for the tournaments he hasn’t played in, than for anything else. Instead of raising the profile of a tournament golf, he’s been raising the profile of herniated discs and back surgery.

While he is now on the road to recovery, Wood’s rehabilitation after a microdiscectomy is a slow process, even for such an athletic man. For those of us who generally live more sedentary lifestyles, the average recovery time from this kind of spinal surgery is four to five months. However when severe lower back pain or sciatica has a person in constant pain, day after day, turning to medication or even surgery is an understandable action.

Reasons to Try Alternatives to Surgery or Medication

It’s true that success rates for herniated disc operations are increasing as the surgery itself improves. However there are still many reasons why you should exhaust alternative measures before turning to invasive procedures or drugs to find freedom from terrible back ache. Surgery is expensive, is not always successful and still carries a degree of risk. Even in the event that your back pain is relieved by a surgical procedure, the positive effects may prove to be temporary.

Medication too, is something to be avoided if at all possible, especially if you have a chronic back condition. Steroid injections, anti-depressants and even drugs such as morphine are commonly prescribed by back and neck pain specialists. Most of these medications have undesired side effects and some of them can become ineffective or even dangerous in the longer term.

Know the Alternatives

There are a number of non-surgical forms of herniated disc treatment which you can try. These treatments are designed to relieve the pain caused by your damaged disc and also to create conditions under which the disc can heal itself. It is possible to actually reverse a disc herniation with the help of a back pain specialist and a carefully controlled combination of rest and exercise.

You could undergo some sessions of physical therapy to help you exercise and strengthen the muscles in your back. A good physical therapist will also help you put together a program of regular exercises to get your blood flowing and oxygenate the area around the herniated disc. Massage and thermotherapy sessions may also help to alleviate your pain somewhat.

Spinal Decompression Therapy

Perhaps one of the most successful treatments for herniated discs, both in terms of healing and pain relief is non-surgical spinal decompression. This is a form of spinal traction which exerts targeted pressure on the damaged disc, causing the displaced material from the disc to retract. This in turn releases pressure from the disc material on the spinal nerves. At the same time, the pumping action of the treatment mechanism helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the disc, promoting your body’s self-healing abilities.

Spinal decompression treatment delivers incremental improvements to herniated discs and you need to undergo a program of numerous sessions for the full results to be achieved. Over a period of eight to twelve weeks your disc will reshape itself, heal and become stronger due to the improved nutrient flow brought about by the treatment. With the disc material back in place, pain will no longer plague you as the pressure on your nerve will be relieved. The results of spinal decompression are long lasting and you don’t suffer any unpleasant side effects.

At Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center, our SDR SystemTM uses spinal decompression techniques in combination with deep tissue laser treatment to reverse herniated discs and bring about lasting relief from back pain.

A Proven Patented System of Disc Herniation Treatment

The SDR SystemTM has been developed as a customized program to resolve a number of spinal conditions which cause chronic neck and back pain, herniated discs among them. Our breakthrough treatment method delivers a success rate of 95% – An improvement on spinal decompression treatment alone which is successful in around 88% of cases.

If you have been diagnosed as having a herniated disc and other treatments haven’t been able to relieve you of your pain, the SDR SystemTM may be a suitable treatment for you. In order to find out if you qualify, you will need to attend a thorough consultation with one of our spine and disc specialists. This consultation takes place over two separate sessions. The SDR systemTM is a very specific program of treatment so just six out of ten patients qualify.

If you’d like more information on our cutting edge treatment, we can deliver it directly to your email. Just click here to enter your email address and receive your detailed information. Alternatively, if you or someone you know would like to speak with us about back pain, please call us on (888) 513-3472.

Why You Should Consider Surgery a Last Resort for Back Pain
May 10, 2014 — 17:33

Author: Dr. Griffith  Category: Non-Surgical Solutions to Back and Neck Pain  Tags:   Comments: 0

The Pain

At the end of 2013 a flurry of media activity followed a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services. This report investigated the possibility that the explosion in spinal fusion procedures seen in recent years for herniated disc and spinal stenosis treatment might be driven, at least in part, by financially motivated surgeons.

The study was commissioned in response to a fourfold increase in the number of spinal fusion surgeries between 1996 and 2011. Although no firm conclusions were drawn, news publications such as the Washington Post performed their own investigations which uncovered some disturbing facts. For example, six months after one hospital began purchasing spinal fusion components from a distributorship owned by a physician, the number of fusion procedures took a 21% jump.

Can we be Certain that Surgery is the Only Option?

In another report, published on October 28th 2013, the Washington Post described how a Florida neurosurgeon had come under investigation. Suspicions were aroused that he was performing spinal fusions on patients for whom it was actually unnecessary. The report includes some accounts of patients who claimed that the surgery actually worsened their back conditions.

Without creating any conclusions of my own, like many people I find such reports disturbing. If nothing else I have to wonder, should I ever be advised to undergo back surgery, if the advice is genuinely and solely based on medical concern for my wellbeing. When it comes to conditions such as degenerative or herniated discs and other lower back complaints, the majority of professional bodies discourage the use of invasive surgery if there is no evidence of spinal deformity.

Sweat the Alternative Solutions First

For many back injuries, disc disorders and other spinal problems that result in the need for back pain relief, there are a number of options to try before resorting to invasive surgery. Our bodies undergo a lot of changes as we age and surgery can’t return a person’s spine to its teenage condition. Aging is the cause of many back problems and surgery inevitably involves taking something away from our bodies, or putting something artificial in place.

I would always recommend trying non-invasive and conservative forms of back treatment before going down the path of surgery. If you or someone you know has a back condition, depending on its nature, you may already have consideredsolutions such as chiropractic adjustment; acupuncture, physical therapy, massage therapy or spinal injections. Very often these solutions are more effective than surgery, while being less invasive and costly.

When the Search for Back Pain Relief Seems Endless

If you or a loved one has gone down this route, without finding a satisfactory solution, it’s understandable how surgery can become seemingly the only remaining solution. It’s also important to remember though, that while these treatments and others will not reverse a spinal disorder, neither will invasive surgery. Furthermore, the alternative treatments are unlikely to worsen your back problem, even if they don’t alleviate the discomfort. A failed surgical procedure, on the other hand, can have debilitatinglong term consequences.

I can understand anyone thinking that these words of caution are all well and good, but when you’ve already turned from one medical practitioner to another, there can be few options left to consider.However there is another form of non-invasive treatment which has a proven success rate of up to 89%. Known as spinal decompression, the treatment can effectively resolve a range of back conditions such as Degenerative discs, herniated discs and spinal stenosis. The treatment is free from side effects and actually has the effect of healing damaged discs, rather than merely addressing the symptoms.

Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center practices at the forefront of this innovative treatment and takes its restorative approacha number of steps further. Through our patentedSDR SystemTM(Spine and Disc Restitution), patients can achieve long-term freedom from the chronic back or neck pain caused by damaged spinal discs and nerves.

About the SDR SystemTM at OCWP

Our revolutionary, patented SDR systemTM provides long lasting relief from back and neck discomfort by directly acting on the pump mechanism in the discs of the spine. Using a combination of deep tissue laser treatment and spinal decompression, the treatment is administered without the need for surgery, narcotics or injections.

Instead of simply masking pain and discomfort, the SDR SystemTM creates the conditions for discs to heal and relieve the painful pressure on nerves.This innovative system of integrated treatment delivers a 95% rate of success and has no unpleasant side effects. If you’d like to speak with one of our specialists about the SDR SystemTM as an alternative to spinal surgery or schedule an initial appointment, give us a call on (888) 513-3472. Alternatively you can click here if you’d like to receive some additional information via email.

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
May 9, 2014 — 17:28

Author: Dr. Griffith  Category: Non-Surgical Solutions to Back and Neck Pain  Comments: 0

Spinal decompression therapy is a revolutionary non-surgical medical breakthrough treatment for chronic neck and low back pain caused by: 

Herniated and Bulging Discs
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
Sciatica (leg pain)
Spinal Stenosis
Pinched Nerve
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Until recently, patients suffering from these debilitating conditions were given pain medications, injections, told to restrict the activities they love, and when they didn’t progress they were told surgery is their only option.  Those people who decided to proceed with such an invasive surgery often found themselves in more pain after. This became so common the American Medical Association classed its own term calling it failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).  Published reports estimate the incidence of FBSS to be around 40% and higher with multiple surgeries.

Now thanks to a concerted effort of a team of top medical physicians and engineers, Spinal Decompression was developed to address and correct these issues with virtually no side effects.

How Effective Is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression?

According to Dr. John Leslie, MD of the mayo clinic, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is 88.9% effective. This based on a multi-center, phase II, non-randomized pilot study. Patients in the study suffered chronic back pain an average of 10 years and after two weeks of treatments they experienced a 50% reduction in pain scores and after completing the entire six week protocol Dr. Leslies, MD documented an overall success rate of 88.9%

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Over time due to a variety of different lifestyle stressors pressures inside the disc eventually cause the disc to bulge out and press painfully on nerve roots. Once this compression occurs and the nerve root is irritated the inflammatory environment is unsuitable for healing.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression produces negative pressures within the disc through a series of specific automated pumping mechanisms. This negative pressure creates a vacuum effect that takes pressure off the nerve by drawing back in the bulging or protruded disc.

Experts also believe that during Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression oxygen, nutrients, and other fluids are drawn to the disc itself stimulating the body’s natural repair mechanism. Our decompression program also includes the use of a Class 4 High Power Deep Tissue Laser application to the area. This further stimulates the body’s ability to heal by increasing the cellular energy output allowing cells to regenerate faster.

What are the Treatments Like?

Patients at our clinic will experience a protocol of about 20-25 sessions over a period of 8-12 weeks. There are specific laser and physical therapy techniques that will be administered before and after each decompression session. It is not uncommon for patients to experience improvement in their symptoms after just a few treatments.

Is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Safe?

Yes, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is completely safe for patients that qualify for the treatment.  However not everyone suffering from these conditions will qualify.

How Do I Qualify?

While Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is 88.9% effective for qualified individuals, our current acceptance rate is only about 6 in 10. That means for every 10 people we evaluate only 6 are accepted as qualified candidates for the program. There are a variety of reasons for this which is why a comprehensive medical evaluation is necessary to accurately make that decision.

To determine if you qualify you will complete a comprehensive medical and physical examination. Our specialists will use a combination of diagnostic imaging and functional outcome assessments including but not limited to functional digital x-rays, MRI studies, CT studies, functional capacity evaluations, disability scoring protocols, and any other evidence based procedures required by our physicians.

Only after our medical team has completed your history and examination and reviewed all supporting imaging and documentation, we will determine if you qualify or not.

How Do I Get Started?

If you have been experiencing chronic neck or back pain and been told your only solution is masking symptoms through drugs and injections or to undergo an expensive invasive back surgery, then the best thing you can do is to educate yourself on more effective, safe alternatives.