By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: August 2007
Brenda Garrett of Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma enters data prior to a patient’s treatment session on the Accu-Spina instrument.
Statistics show that 85 percent of people in the U.S. suffer from back or neck pain at some point in their lives. Affiliated with Claremore Health Associates, Inc., a group of board-certified family practice physicians, Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma offers services to relieve aching Oklahomans of their pain. Dwight Korgan, M.D., and his colleagues Gary Fortner, M.D., and Steven Egleston, M.D., recognized the need for alternative services to surgery and began effectively treating back and neck pain. Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma is currently the area’s only medical-directed Accu-Spina treatment center.
“We administer treatment through Intervertebral Disc Decompression, referred to as IDD Therapy,” Dr. Korgan says. “It is completely non-invasive and utilizes FDA-approved, highly-advanced computer technology to deliver therapeutic distraction forces to targeted spinal segments.” The treatment provides static, intermittent and cycling forces on structures that have abnormalities in their positioning. Its purpose is to relieve the pressure between the vertebrae, allowing water, oxygen and nutrients to flow throughout the spine to re-hydrate discs. IDD Therapy is used to treat patients who suffer from herniated discs, bulging discs, posterior facet syndrome, sciatica, degenerative disc disease and general back and neck pain.
IDD Therapy has many benefits aside from just alleviating pain. Compared to the cost of surgery, IDD Therapy’s cost is minimal. Brenda Garrett, registered medical assistant and certified health fitness instructor, says, “The majority of our patients actually find the treatment process to be comfortable and relaxing. Also, most importantly, patients are able to continue working during the course of the treatment.” According to Garrett, treatments are also safe and less painful than surgery. While most insurance plans cover the treatment, Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma offers payment plans for patients without health insurance and for those whose insurance companies will not cover the treatments.
The process for obtaining IDD Therapy at Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma involves prescreening, followed by a spinal consultation to determine patient qualification for treatment. Patients are then scheduled for 20 visits to the clinic. While the first 10 visits occur on 10 consecutive days, the remaining 10 are on a rotation basis. Depending on individual needs, patients usually progress to only needing two to three visits per week.
A patient is in proper position for spinal treatment on the Accu-Spina.
“The period in which most candidates begin seeing and feeling some relief of pain will vary,” says Garrett. “Some realize relief very quickly, while others experience it closer to the end of the treatment process. The variation is due to the severity of tissue damage.”
The majority of Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma patients have reported outstanding satisfaction with their treatments and with how they were treated by personnel during the process. Most say that their pain level decreased and that they would recommend the treatment process to others.
If you have been living with chronic back or neck pain, call today to set up a free, 15-minute consultation with Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma. The qualified physicians will determine whether or not your spinal pain and condition wil improve with treatment. For more information about Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma, call (918) 341-1250.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.