By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: June 2008
Brenda Garrett, registered medical assistant at Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma, programs the Accu-SPINA machine for a patient scheduled to receive treatment.
It has been reported that 85 percent of the U.S. population experiences back or neck pain at some point in their lives. Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma may be able to help if you’re one of these sufferers.
The facility is associated with Claremore Health Associates, Inc., a board-certified medical family practice established in Claremore in 1979. Dr. Dwight Korgan and his colleagues Dr. Gary Fortner and Dr. Steven Egleston focus their efforts on effectively treating back pain. Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma is the only physician-directed, Accu-SPINA treatment center in the area.
Spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment for herniated and degenerative spinal disease, a major cause of pain to people with back problems. The diagnosis and treatment process at Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma is physician-directed; a qualified doctor oversees all procedures. Quality patient care is paramount, and they assure that all patient concerns are addressed and thoroughly explained prior to beginning treatment. The doctors make sure to completely cover the ailment, treatment and expectations of the patient.
The purpose of treatment is to relieve pressure between vertebrae, causing water, oxygen and nutrients to flow freely throughout the spine and allow the discs to re-hydrate. Intervertebral Disc Decompression (IDD) therapy is used to treat patients who suffer from herniated or bulging discs, posterior facet syndrome, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, and general lower back and neck pain.
The protocol for spinal decompression is 20 treatment sessions, which last approximately an hour and a half each. Sessions begin with internal heat applied to the treatment area by ultrasound, relaxing the deeper muscles and tissues. A hot pack is then administered on the surface to help relax the patient and their muscles. Next, the Accu-SPINA machine administers a 25-minute treatment. Each patient’s treatment is custom designed by his or her physician. It generally takes all 20 treatment sessions for full hydration of the damaged disc.
Some patients continue to experience pain during the treatment process, but many actually become so relaxed that they fall asleep. Each individual responds differently, and the period in which candidates begin feeling relief from pain varies. Some feel relief very quickly, while others experience it near to the end of the treatment process. This could be due in part to the severity of tissue damage.
Non-surgical spinal decompression provides a method for doctors to properly apply a decompression force and create a vacuum within the disc to allow blood and oxygen to flow to the damaged area, which is critical to disc health and repair. The process helps reduce pressure on the affected disc, relaxes and retrains muscles, and supplies muscles with blood and oxygen necessary for healing.
Brenda Garrett, a registered medical assistant and certified health fitness instructor with Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma, adds that the patients are also accountable for their own healing treatment. “Everyone needs to be responsible and exercise, especially as we grow older. Post-treatment exercise is key in maintaining muscle strength and flexibility.”
Before you begin any treatment or therapy, confirm that your insurance provider covers it. Garrett said that most insurance companies cover this treatment as a form of physical therapy, when administered by a qualified physician.
If you are suffering from back or neck pain, consider calling Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma to set up a time for consultation to determine if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. You may also visit the clinic online at www.sdoback.com.
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.