Back Pain
Low Back Pain
 
 

What can cause low back injuries?

Back pain is the second-most-common medical complaint in North America, affecting 80% of us at one time or another. Often, back problems cause a permanent loss of some function, which may force you to give up things in your life you may or may not want to give up.


Exercises for prevention and pain relief

Typical McKenzie Back Extension Exercises
1.  Prone lying.  Lie on your stomach with arms along your sides and head turned to one side.  Maintain this position for 5 to 10 minutes.


2.  Prone lying on elbows.  Lie on your stomach with your weight on your elbows and forearms and your hips touching the floor or mat.  Relax your lower back.  Remain in this position 5 to 10 minutes.  If this causes pain, repeat exercise 1, then try again.

3.  Prone press-ups.  Lie on your stomach with palms near your shoulders, as if to do a standard push-up. Slowly push your shoulders up, keeping your hips on the surface and letting your back and stomach sag.  Slowly lower your shoulders.  Repeat 10 times.

4.  Progressive extension with pillows.  Lie on your stomach and place a pillow under your chest.  After several minutes, add a second pillow.  If this does not hurt, add a third pillow after a few more minutes.  Stay in this position up to 10 minutes.  Remove pillows one at a time over several minutes.

5.  Standing extension.  While standing, place your hands in the small of your back and lean backward.  Hold for 20 seconds and repeat. Use this exercise after normal activities during the day that place your back in a flexed position: lifting, forward bending, sitting, etc.




Until now, if you suffered from low back pain, methods of treatment have been: bed rest, muscle relaxants, pain medications, manipulations, and if all else failed, surgery.

Now you have a better option: IDD Therapy®.

No surgery.
No injections.
And for the majority of patients, no more back pain!

IDD Therapy is available at Crissman Family Practice.
Call today for an appointment.

What is IDD Therapy?
IDD Therapy - Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy® is a proven treatment for the relief of lower back pain. With a significant success rate, thousands of patients have experienced dramatic pain relief and healing.

IDD Therapy is an innovative approach for the relief of lower back syndromes, including:

    * Herniated or bulging discs
    * Degenerative disc disease
    * Posterior facet syndrome
    * Sciatica
    * Acute or chronic back pain

IDD Therapy is non-surgical, non-invasive, and typically does not involve pain medications. The treatment is not only safe and painless, but also comfortable and relaxing. The course of therapy includes approximately 20 treatment sessions and is completed in about 35 days. Each procedure is performed with a unique, patent pending physio-therapeutic device and is performed by a certified clinician, specializing in back pain care. The treatment sessions are brief, lasting approximately 30 minutes.

How does IDD Therapy work?
IDD Therapy can isolate each lumbar vertebra (L1, L2, L3, L4 or L5) and distract the vertebrae surrounding an injured disc 5 to 7 millimeters. The 25 to 30 minute treatment provides static, intermittent, and cycling forces on structures that may be causing low back pain.

Negative pressure promotes the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrients into the vertebral disc area, thereby re-hydrating the degenerated disc. Repeated pressure differential promotes retraction of a herniated nucleus pulposus (the elastic core of the intervertebral disc).

The IDD Therapy treatment can reduce pressure on the vertebral joints, promote retraction of herniated discs,
promote self healing and rehabilitation of damaged discs, thereby relieving low back pain.
Several sessions are required to achieve optimal results.

Why should you consider IDD Therapy?
IDD Therapy is credible. It is the only treatment that was developed by a team of back specialists including neurosurgeons, orthopedists, physiatrists, osteopaths, chiropractors, neurologists, and physical therapists.

IDD Therapy is proven and effective. The procedure has been studied extensively over the past six years and has been clinically validated. Thousands of patients have been successfully treated with IDD Therapy.

IDD Therapy is non-surgical and non-invasive. The complications from surgery can be severe and may result in debilitating conditions.

IDD Therapy is painless and involves no recovery time.

IDD Therapy is convenient. Treatment sessions last only 25 to 30 minutes. And because the procedure is non-invasive, most IDD Therapy patients can carry-on with normal daily activities. Additionally, patients can expect only minimal absence from work.

IDD Therapy is cost-effective. The cost of treatment is minimal compared to the cost of surgery. And, in most cases, financing is available for those without insurance or with less than comprehensive insurance. Several payment options are available and a monthly payment plan can be a much better financial decision than a 10% or 20% insurance co-payment on back surgery.


IDD Therapy HIGHLIGHTS
Medical protocol does not involve surgery. IDD Therapy treatment costs just a fraction of surgery.

IDD Therapy is non-invasive. The official protocol does not involve penetration of body tissue to address organic pathology.

IDD Therapy is not only painless, but is comfortable and relaxing as well. The intervertebral machines designed to deliver IDD are state-of-the-art medical devices. In regards to engineering and design, paramount attention has been given to ergonomics and function.

Treatment is completed in approximately 35 days with minimal follow-up. Contrarily, surgery requires significant recovery time and extensive follow-up.

Cash payments for IDD Therapy treatments are available to IDD Therapy providers.

For many patients, non-strenuous work can continue during therapy. Employers benefit from less work loss and will refer future employees for treatment.

IDD Therapy is convenient for patients. All evaluation, diagnostic work and therapy can be performed in the clinic environment. Patients do not need to make special trips to large, impersonal hospitals for management.


What is IDD Therapy: Understanding Back Pain
Back pain most often occurs because of a pinched (impinged) nerve, most often the sciatic nerve. While the most common reason for this pinched nerve is disc herniation, other disc problems can cause this pain.

What are some common causes of lower back pain?

Herniated or Bulging Disc. A herniated disc is a common cause of severe back pain and sciatica. Discs are soft flexible "shock absorbers" that separate each of the bones, or vertebrae, in the spine. These discs have a rigid outside rim, but are soft and gel-like inside. Activity, stress, or a mechanical problem in the spine can cause one of the discs to bulge and become misshapen. A disc becomes herniated when it degenerates to the point that the gelatin within the disc protrudes outward. Classic low back pain occurs if this material extrudes or bulges far enough to press against a nerve root.

Degenerative Disc Disease. This condition is a major cause of chronic low back pain. Because the discs in the spine do not have a dedicated blood supply, the discs must rely on a process called diffusion to receive their supply of water, nutrients, and oxygen. If the flow of these elements is disrupted, the vertebral discs can degenerate. This degeneration can cause spinal structures to pinch (impinge) nerve roots, thereby causing pain. Vertebral discs can also degenerate simply due to the aging process.

Posterior Facet Syndrome. The facet joints can wear down. In such cases, a nerve can become pinched (impinged) and cause pain.

Sciatica. Sciatica refers to a pain felt along the length of the sciatic nerve. The pain is usually felt in the buttock where it radiates down the back of the leg.

Acute Back Pain. Acute low back pain generally lasts less than six months. A few cases may resolve without medical attention, although many reoccur.

Chronic Back Pain. Chronic low back pain persists beyond six months.
How can I relieve my lower back pain?

There are a variety of options available to relieve lower back pain.

Many options involve surgery, painful injections, and heavy drug therapy. The complications from back surgery can be severe and may result in permanent debilitating conditions. Additionally, surgery can be extremely expensive and can require a long recovery period lasting several months. Pain medications can make it difficult to carry on with normal day-to-day activities.

Now there is a new option: IDD Therapy®. This innovative approach to relieve lower back pain is non-surgical, non-invasive and typically does not involve pain medications. The treatment is not only safe and painless, but also comfortable and relaxing.

In most cases, all non-invasive remedies should be exhausted before anyone is referred for surgery. Be sure to ask your doctor about non-invasive treatments for back pain.

For patients with a history of back pain and who are currently experiencing symptoms that are interfering with activities, the first step is proper diagnostic testing to determine the cause of the symptoms and the severity of the problem.



FAQ:

Q: What does the IDD stand for?
A: IDD stands for Intervertebral Differential Dynamics, which can only be applied through a computer directed, highly advanced technology which allows a specific spinal segment to be targeted for a treatment which uses a computerized means of differentiating between spinal segments and applying a dynamic therapy to mobilize a spinal structure.

Q: How does IDD Therapy work?
A: IDD Therapy provides a computer directed method of applying and achieving physical therapy treatment objectives without requiring the patient to participate in any exhaustive or painful exercise regimen. It is performed by a certified clinician. The IDD Therapy® device gently manipulates the offending spinal segment, while helping stretch and re-tone underlying musculature. The result is improved lumbar health and pain elimination in a significant portion of patients treated.

Q: If I use IDD Therapy, when will I start feeling better?
A: Many patients start feeling improvement by the second week

Q: Are there any side effects to the treatments?
A: Most patients do not experience any adverse side effects from undergoing IDD Therapy.

Q: Are there any drugs used in the treatment?
A: Although drug therapy is not a mainstay of IDD Therapy, some clinicians advocate the use of anti-inflammatory medications

Q: How long does it take to complete the treatment?
A: Each treatment session lasts approximately 30 minutes and is repeated approximately 20 times over the course of 35 days.

Q: How successful is IDD Therapy treatment?
A: IDD Therapy treatment has undergone extensive clinical testing and has achieved substantial rates. Thousands of satisfied patients have been successfully treated with IDD Therapy treatment.

Q: Does IDD Therapy rehab involve surgery or injections?
A: No. IDD Therapy treatment is completely non-invasive, is non-surgical and involves no injections. Not only is IDD Therapy treatment safe and painless, it's also comfortable and relaxing.

Q: How can I get more information or get started?
A: You can get more information by calling us at 336-226-2448.