Spinal Decompression in La Quinta
Providing safe and effective spinal decompression therapy
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a traction-based non-surgical outcome treatment for bulging or herniated discs in the low back and neck.
There are several advantages of Spinal Decompression Therapy including its extreme safety, effectiveness, FDA cleared, non-surgical and an affordable therapy.
What types of conditions benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Many conditions respond very well to spinal decompression therapy. These include chronic or acute neck and low back pain associated with bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc and joint disease, facet syndrome, pain into the arm and leg (sciatica), lateral canal spinal stenosis and certain failed back surgeries.
Is there a difference between Spinal Decompression Therapy tables?
Yes and No.
All Spinal Decompression tables are traction based, but many limit the patient’s position, resulting in less than optimal treatment as well as sacrificing patient comfort. After thoroughly researching various systems, Dr. Le Roy chose the most versatile, state-of-the-art decompression system available for our La Quinta patients: The Kennedy Neuro-Flex Decompression Table. This table provides the most positioning options as well as a highly customizable computer.
ALL Spinal Decompression systems are traction-based. They use a specially designed harness attached to a cable and pulley, which provide a gentle pull creating a negative pressure to the damaged disc tissue.
There are many popular decompression systems that limit the patient to a prone (face down) or supine (face up) position. These systems may not allow for proper placement of the patient and therefore do not result in optimal treatment of the injured disc, let alone the comfort of the patient who may have other complicating factors such as varying body shapes, acid reflux, surgical histories, etc. As a result, the patient can be uncomfortable, more traction force may be required, and more treatment may be needed at a higher cost.
Certain tables have gone so far as to trademark the statement “true decompression”, which is misleading to the public. The table is the mechanism that performs the traction, it does not decompress. That is a function of the disc. All decompression tables will result in disc decompression if used correctly and if the patient is properly positioned. The fact is, ALL Decompression Traction Systems are cleared by the FDA to perform “traction”.
After thoroughly researching various systems, Dr. Le Roy chose the most versatile, state-of-the-art decompression system available for our La Quinta patients: The Kennedy Neuro-Flex Decompression Table. The Neuro-Flex table provides more positioning options and the computer is significantly more customizable allowing the practitioner to position the patient correctly keeping in mind the patient’s condition and comfort.
Without question, the Kennedy Decompression Table is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced system in the world and no office – and we do mean no office – has a more “state of the art” spinal decompression system for the non-surgical treatment of spinal disc herniations.
Is Dr. Le Roy trained to perform Spinal Decompression?
Yes. Rather than relying on the Spinal Decompression Table in a “cookie cutter” approach to treat all cases of disc herniations the same, Dr. Le Roy uses his experience and training to evaluate and customize the treatment for each patient here at our La Quinta chiropractic office. The result — less force, less treatment and lower cost.
Dr. Le Roy underwent a comprehensive training which included proper patient selection, patient positioning, treatment time, amounts of force, degrees of angle; including a two-day “hands-on” training by Jay Kennedy, D.C. Dr. Kennedy has unparalleled experience and expertise in the field of spinal decompression having treated thousands of patients over the last 14 years while using a variety of decompression systems.
Why is Spinal Decompression Therapy so effective?
The key factors are a combination of the skill and training of the doctor and the state-of-the-art spinal decompression table and computerized traction head. When combined, the outcome is a reduction of disc pressure that can allow the disc material to be pulled back into its normal position bringing vital nutrients to enliven and speed disc repair and healing.
The outcome in proper patient assessment, positioning and programming of distraction is a reduction of disc pressure that can allow the disc material to be pulled back into its normal position bringing vital nutrients to enliven and speed disc repair and healing. The process gently stretches and elongates the targeted portion of the spine, easing disc pressure and relieving pain. Bulging and herniated discs are the most commonly treated conditions using spinal decompression therapy.
Who is NOT a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Patients who have had certain types of spinal surgery.
Spinal decompression therapy is contra-indicated and not recommended for patients who have had spinal surgery with screws, metal plates or cages. However, patients who have fully healed from bone fusion or non-fusion surgery may receive therapy.
Do Spinal Decompression patients also receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises?
Your customized care may include additional therapies. Dr. Le Roy creates unique treatment plans for each patient based on their needs.
While each patient’s condition is unique, we have found that in most cases combining spinal decompression therapy with other therapies creates a synergistic effect accelerating the healing process, shortening the overall treatment length and providing lasting results by reducing inflammation and rehabilitating and strengthening musculature.
The additional therapies may include ice, heat, electric muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage, trigger point therapy, stretch and relaxing therapy along with chiropractic adjustments.
Are there medical studies documenting the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression?
Yes – several. We have compiled summaries as well as links to the complete study details for you here.
CLINICAL STUDIES DOCUMENTING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY
“Eighty-six percent of ruptured intervertebral disc (RID) patients achieved ‘good’ (50-89% improvement) to ‘excellent’ (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved.” “Of the facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ results with decompression.”
Shealy, Norman MD; Borgmeyer, Vera RN MA. Emerging Technologies: Preliminary Findings: Decompression, Reduction, and stabilization of the lumbar spine: A cost-effective treatment for lumbosacral pain. American Journal of Pain Management. 1997; 7(2).
“Serial MRI of 20 patients treated with the decompression table shows in our study up to 90% reduction of subligamentous nucleus herniation in 10 of 14. Some rehydration occurs detected by T2 and proton density signal increase. Torn annulus repair is seen in all.”
Eyerman, Edward MD. Simple pelvic traction gives inconsistent relief to herniated lumbar disc sufferers. Journal of Neuroimaging. Paper presented to the American Society of Neuroimaging, Orlando, Florida 2-26-98.
“Results showed that 86% of the 219 patients who completed the therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms, while 84% remained pain-free 90 days post-treatment. Physical examination findings showed improvement in 92% of the 219 patients, and remained intact in 89% of these patients 90 days after treatment.”
Gionis, Thomas MD; Groteke, Eric DC. Surgical Alternatives: Spinal Decompression. Orthopedic Technology Review. 2003; 6 (5).
“All but two of the patients in the study improved at least 30% or more in the first three weeks.” “Utilizing the outcome measures, this form of decompression reduces symptoms and improves activities of daily living.”
Bruce Gundersen, DC; Michael Henrie, MS II, Josh Christensen, DC. A Clinical Trial on Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Using Vertebral Axial Distraction Delivered by a Computerized Traction Device. The Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists Quarterly Journal of ACO, June 2004
What is the cost of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Our Spinal Decompression Therapy fee is as low as $75 per session. Plus, our complete fee for Spinal Decompression Therapy is just a fraction of the $5,000.00+ fee that other doctors in the area are charging.
We believe that being 100% sincere and providing you this information is of vital importance because you deserve to be treated with quality care and integrity. Armed with all the facts you are best able to make an informed decision concerning your treatment choices.
Spinal Surgery versus Spinal Decompression Therapy
“The likelihood of having back surgery in the United States is 40 percent higher than in any other country, and five times higher than in the United Kingdom.
The two most common procedures are the removal of herniated or slipped discs and the fusion of unstable back bones.
So why are so many back surgeries performed in this country? It could be a combination of too many surgeons who are too eager to operate and the impatience of many patients who want results quickly.
The truth is that 90 percent of back pain can be resolved without surgery if both doctors and patients are willing to try other treatments that basically help the back to heal itself.”
Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC News
74% failure rate with back surgery
Researchers reviewed records from 1,450 patients in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation database who had diagnoses of disc degeneration, disc herniation or radiculopathy (a nerve condition that causes tingling and weakness of the limbs).
Half of the patients had surgery to fuse two or more vertebrae in hopes of curing low back pain. The other half had no surgery, even though they had comparable diagnoses.
Two years later:
- 67% of those who abstained from surgery had returned to work.
- Only 26% of surgical patients had returned to work.
- Even more troubling, surgical patients saw a 41% increase in the use of opiate painkillers.
Just a month after back surgery, Nancy Scatena was once again in excruciating pain. The medications her doctor prescribed barely took the edge off the unrelenting backaches and searing jolts down her left leg. “The pain just kept intensifying,” says the 52-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz., woman who suffers from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the channel through which spinal nerves pass. “I was suicidal.”
Finally, Scatena made an appointment with another surgeon, one whom friends had called a “miracle worker.” The new doctor assured her that this second operation would fix everything, and in the pain-free weeks following an operation to fuse two of her vertebrae it seemed that he was right. But then the pain came roaring back.
Experts estimate that nearly 600,000 Americans opt for back operations each year. But for many like Scatena, surgery is just an empty promise, say pain management experts and some surgeons.
This new study in the journal Spine  shows that in many cases surgery can even backfire, leaving patients in more pain.
The study provides clear evidence that for many patients, fusion surgeries designed to alleviate pain from degenerating discs don’t work, says the study’s lead author Dr. Trang Nguyen, a researcher at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. 
27 Million Adults With Back Problems
A recent report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a federal organization, found that in 2007, twenty-seven million adults reported back problems, with $30.3 billion spent on treatments to ease the pain. While some of that money is spent on physical therapy, pain management, chiropractor visits, and other non-invasive therapies, a big chunk pays for spine surgeries.
Complicated spine surgeries that involve fusing two or more vertebrae are on the rise. In just 15 years, there was an eight-fold jump in this type of operation, according to a study published in Spine in July. That has some surgeons and public health experts concerned. 
- 1. Long-term Outcomes of Lumbar Fusion Among Workers’ Compensation Subjects: An Historical Cohort Study? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 (Aug 23) [Epub ahead of print]
- 2. Study Says Back Surgery Often Makes Things Worse? The Daily Hit ~ Oct 14, 2010
- 3. Back surgery may backfire on patients in pain? MSNBC.com ~ Oct 14, 2010
- 4. Why Do Spinal Surgery Rates Continue To Rise?? Chiro.Org Blog Editorial ~ April 10th, 2010
Should you consider Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Consider this… surgery can never be reversed, it has a 74% failure rate and 90% of back pain can be resolved without surgery if you help the back heal itself.
Spinal Decompression Therapy uses no dangerous drugs, is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment with the ability to relieve the pain caused by disc bulges or herniations. In addition to pulling back the disc material to its normal position it brings fresh nutrient-filled blood, which promotes healing.
What does this mean for you? Consider that in a matter of just days or weeks you may return to playing golf, tennis, traveling or enjoying your love life again.
It‘s time you decide to find out if Spinal Decompression Therapy will be your neck or back pain solution.
Call one of our chiropractic offices today so we can get you scheduled for your consultation and examination as soon as there’s an opening.