It’s a common issue. Back and neck pain so debilitating that performing simple daily activities becomes too difficult. And attempts at relief – from standard chiropractic treatments to physical therapy to epidural injections – just aren’t enough to ease the pain. Until now, that is. Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy® (IDD) is changing the world when it comes to the treatment of back and neck pain, and changing the lives of those who receive it.
This latest generation of non-invasive spinal decompression for the treatment of neck and back pain utilizes the revolutionary Accu-SPINA™ system to target specific spinal segments to relieve pressure on damaged discs. The protocols for IDD Therapy were developed by neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedists and chiropractors, ensuring a well-rounded and medically sound approach. If you’re in pain, and bed rest, medication and chiropractic adjustments aren’t making a difference, it may be time for you to consider the life-changing benefits of IDD. Here’s some information to get your started:
What causes back pain and sciatica?
Discs, which separate the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers, can become damaged due to trauma or the aging process. Each spinal disc is surrounded by highly sensitive nerves, and the inner portion of a disc that has been damaged may leak. This viscous material contains irritating agents, which, when in contact with a nerve, can cause pain that can travel down the length of the nerve. Even a small disc herniation allowing a small amount of the inner disc material to touch the nerve can cause significant pain. Sciatica, or leg pain, is the most common symptom associated with a herniated disc in the lower back. Approximately 90 percent of herniated discs occur there, causing pain that radiates down the sciatic nerve.
Who can benefit from IDD Therapy?
If you have disc problems, such as a herniated or bulging disc, sciatica or chronic back pain, IDD Therapy can provide pain relief when other therapies fail to do so. This treatment also can work to relieve the pain of strains or sprains to the back.
Who should not consider IDD Therapy?
Those with severe arthritis or severe osteoporosis, pregnant women, and post-surgical patients that have had fusions with metal and screws are not advised to undergo IDD.
What sets IDD Therapy apart from treatments that preceded it?
The IDD Therapy protocols that have been developed constantly evolve and improve with the high-speed sharing of information among doctors. And the Accu-SPINA™ equipment is the most up-to-date, sophisticated way to execute IDD Therapy. The Accu-SPINA™ represents the fourth or fifth generation of decompression technology. The oscillation feature of the table is key because it is pumping fluid back into the disc. No other equipment has this feature.
What is the main function of the therapy?
IDD Therapy relieves the pressure of one disc pressing against another nerve root. The principle of IDD Therapy, in conjunction with the Accu-SPINA™ machine is to reduce pressure on the disc and allow a vacuum to develop. The vacuum will allow the viscous, jelly-like material to flow back, reduce the protrusion and end the pain. The machine creates an artificial circulatory system for the disc, in effect.
What does the procedure for IDD Therapy involve?
As the patient, you lie on your back with a pillow under your legs to alleviate pressure on the spine. The treatment involves targeting the injured disc by gently pulling at an angle specific for that disc. This creates a vacuum that reduces irritation to the nerve root and brings down inflammation. It is painless and relaxing.
How is healing effected?
Repeated IDD Therapy promotes the diffusion of water, oxygen and other nutrients into the disc area – an area that normally gets poor blood flow – and this promotes healing. The computer-based procedure targets the two vertebrae that are causing you the trouble, gently separating them, thereby allowing the vacuum to occur, which works to reduce some of the irritation to the nerve root.
What’s the difference between traction and IDD Therapy?
Traction often fails in many cases because it causes muscular stretch receptors to fire, which then cause para-spinal muscles to contract. This actually causes the very intradiscal compression that you are trying to avoid. IDD Therapy is all about decompression. It causes decompression through distraction. A highly specialized computer on the Accu-SPINA™ equipment set up for IDD protocols regulates the distraction forces to apply a gentle, curved angle pull.
Is there pain associated with the treatment?
No. When treating patients suffering from disc problems, you have to be very careful, very gentle. Every move is intensified. But the procedure is so gentle, in fact, that many patients often fall asleep on the table during treatments. Also, with IDD Therapy, you are in control. There is essentially a cut-off switch, which enables you to stop the procedure at any time. The treatment really never calls for this, but it gives you a sense of control and reassurance.
How long does each individual procedure take?
Each treatment takes about 25 minutes.
How Many Treatments Are Recommended?
The usual regimen calls for 20 to 30 visits, spread out over four to six weeks. You will likely feel relief after only a few sessions, but that does not mean the disc has corrected itself. The relief is a result of bringing down the inflammation, but for long-term results you must return for the full course of treatment.
Are there side effects?
No. You’re not taking any risks with this treatment. Everything about it is finely tuned and calibrated, so there are no risks and no downsides.
Is success guaranteed?
With success rates hitting 94 percent, your chances of pain relief are excellent. And along with chiropractic adjustments, stretching and strengthening exercises through physical therapy, massage, you’ll have a complete rehabilitation program for your spine.
Is IDD Therapy an alternative to surgery?
Absolutely. Surgery was once the only way to treat disc problems, and it wasn’t even guaranteed to work. In fact, sometimes invasive surgery can do more harm than good. IDD Therapy is less expensive, non-invasive and doesn’t require the recuperation time of surgery. IDD also has much higher success rates than surgery. Clinical studies indicate that IDD Therapy works 86 percent to 94 percent of the time. And after two years, 70 percent of those having gone through the therapy report no return of pain, compared to only about a third who had undergone surgery.
What do surgeons think of IDD Therapy?
The technology was developed by neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, making it a well-respected procedure with a long history.