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Common Questions
Q.  How does the Spine & Disc Restoration (SDR) System differ from regular Spinal Decompression and Laser treatments?

A.  While spinal decompression and laser therapy treatments are effective on their own, our research has shown when combining these cutting edge technologies and integrating them with specific medically proven complementary therapies, the results are much faster and longer lasting. The SDR System is a patented spinal disc healing system that was specifically developed to integrate the latest innovations in spinal decompression, laser therapy, oxygen therapy, advanced physical therapy, nutritional therapy, and neurological mind-body cognitive training protocols to create a truly unique and customized long term solution to these chronic and debilitating neck and back conditions.



Q.  Will my insurance cover the SDR System treatment?

A.  Because every insurance policy is different we will do a complementary review of your insurance benefits before you begin your treatment. If there are costs that your insurance does not cover, you will know upfront so you can make an informed decision.

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Q.  How long does it take to feel better?

A.  There is no exact time since every patient is different and everyone perceives pain differently. In our extensive experience we have seen on average 20-25 treatments would be recommended to provide enough disc hydration to be effective. More severe cases can take up to 35 visits. However we have had many patients that respond quicker and see results within 4-5 visits. There is no exact rule that states when every person will feel better but with such a high success rate we try to focus on the treatment plan as a whole. Remember we are restoring the disc so it can heal which is more a state of function than pain.



Q.  What type of tests do you do throughout my treatment program to monitor my progress?

A.  During the full course of care at our clinic, we provide the highest level of continued testing demonstrating to you the progress we are making. We first perform weight bearing X-rays and order or review MRIs. This allows us to focus on the exact disc levels to be treated. We then do periodic Orthopedic and Neurological testing and show you the improvement both in lessened pain and increased range of motion. We also do pre and post Nerve Conduction Scans. This is a test that shows us how fast a nerve impulse travels from the neck to the hand or from the low back to the feet. There is an initial or starting Scan that is performed within your first few visits, followed by an ending Scan demonstrating the benefits you have received and showing the increased speed at which the nerve impulse is traveling compared to the initial one that was performed at the beginning of care. All of the diagnostic testing performed throughout your care is done in a manner to monitor any changes that we may have to make to assure the best possible prognosis.



Q.  Can I still go through the treatment if I've had Spinal Surgery?

A.  Yes, at any given time in our practice, 15% to 20% of our patients have had what is called Failed Back Surgery Syndrome and have had a prior Laminectomy and/or Micro Discectomy that failed to decrease the patient's pain and increase their function. This type of prior surgery does not preclude us from providing the care necessary to help the patient. As long as there is no spinal fusion, either bony or with metal, we can provide our care.



Q.  Does this hurt or can I become injured from the treatment? Are there any negative side effects?

A.  Most patients do not experience any major side effects. The most common side effect is a dull, achy soreness for the first week or two as the body becomes accustomed to being stretched and decompressed. Spinal decompression stretches and lengthens muscles, ligaments, and tendons in a direction that the body is generally not used to. Because of this, patients may experience a soreness that they often describe as "it feels like I just worked out for the first time in a long time." Very rarely do patients have an increase in the pain that they came in with.

Patients with acute, severe disc herniations may experience some pain during the first week or two until the herniation retracts back and pressure is taken off the irritated nerve. Acute disc herniation patients tend to experience more "up and down" types of relief from their pain for the first 2 weeks as an acute disc herniation can be slightly unpredictable. Regardless of the mild soreness experienced in the first week or two, most patients experience 50% relief or more of their pain around the end of the second week.



Q.  When you say that you will see if I am a candidate for care, who are the people that are not candidates for care?

A.  Even though most people are able to receive this type of care, there are a few exceptions. Patients who have severe Osteoporosis are not able to receive this treatment. If you do have Osteoporosis though, please allow us to check and see how severe it is because commonly it is not severe enough to preclude treatment. Women that are pregnant cannot receive this treatment. Anyone with above grade 2 Spondylolisthesis is not able to have this care. Please make sure you have one of our Doctors evaluate the degree of your Spondylolisthesis. Many times it is of a lesser degree and we are still able to treat you. Anyone with a descending Aortic graft is also not able to have our care. Patients that have bone cancer also are not able to have our care. More times than not however, we find that patients seldom fall into any of the above categories and are successful in getting care at our clinic.

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