By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: August 2012
The doctors at Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma effectively treat back and neck pain with IDD® Therapy. (L to R): Steven Egleston, M.D., Gary Fortner, M.D., and Dwight Korgan, M.D.
Nearly everyone experiences back or neck pain at some point during their life; statistics show that this is true for 85 percent of the U.S. population. You may have heard about spinal decompression, or IDD® Therapy, as a treatment option, but are not sure exactly what it is. Spinal Decompression of Oklahoma (SDO), affiliated with Claremore Health Associates, Inc., is a board certified medical family practice headed by Dr. Dwight Korgan and his colleagues Dr. Gary Fortner and Dr. Steven Egleston. These physicians effectively treat back and neck pain with IDD Therapy using the Accu-Spina machine.
IDD Therapy was developed by a team of neurologists, orthopedists and neurosurgeons to rehabilitate and heal damaged structures in the spine. “We administer treatment through intervertebral disc decompression, referred to as IDD Therapy,” says Dr. Korgan. “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 may be in pain due to distraction and positioning. The purpose of the treatment is to relieve the pressure between the vertebrae, causing water, oxygen and nutrients to flow freely throughout the spine and re-hydrate the discs.
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.
IDD Therapy is used to treat patients who suffer from herniated discs, bulging discs, posterior facet syndrome, sciatica, degenerative disc disease and general low back and neck pain. Nearly anyone with back or neck pain can benefit from the treatment. “Our patients are diverse. We see everyone from office workers to construction workers to retirees,” says Dr. Korgan.
The advantages of IDD Therapy are numerous. The cost is minimal in comparison to the cost of surgery. It is also safe and less painful than many other options; in fact, most patients find the treatment process to be comfortable and relaxing. Perhaps the greatest benefit of undergoing IDD Therapy is the ability to continue working during the course of treatment. “Patients can continue daily activities during therapy but must avoid heavy labor and lifting, as tissues are in a weakened state,” explains Dr. Korgan. In addition, most insurance plans will cover treatment, and payment plans are available at SDO for those patients without health insurance.
The course of therapy includes approximately 20 treatment sessions and is completed in about 35 days. The first ten visits occur in two weeks. Each session is performed by a qualified medical technician and lasts for a total of about an hour and a half. Treatments are custom-designed, with pain relief occurring at varying times for each patient.
Treatment begins 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. It generally takes all 20 treatment sessions for full hydration of the damaged disc.
During each session, the Accu-Spina machine 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. “We have about an 80 percent or higher success rate,” says Dr. Korgan.
The diagnosis and treatment process at Spinal Decompression is medical physician directed, with a qualified doctor overseeing all procedures. “Quality patient care is paramount, and we assure that all patient concerns are addressed and thoroughly explained prior to beginning treatment,” says Dr. Korgan.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.