By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: October 2011
Dr. Larry Ellis stands in front of a photo he received from an appreciative patient while stationed in Germany.
If you or someone you know has chronic back pain and is searching for an alternative to surgery, mark your calendar for a free seminar held by Spinal Decompression Zone. On Wednesday, October 19 at 7p.m., Spinal Decompression Zone will host a seminar on spinal decompression. The event will be held at their offices, located at 6465 S. Yale, Suite 804 in Tulsa, and is free and open to the public. The seminar will cover back pain treatments offered at Spinal Decompression Zone, including the Spinal Decompression System and SpineForce.
Larry Ellis, D.O., treats patients with disc problems at Spinal Decompression Zone. Dr. Ellis explains that treatments are performed with the SpineMed machine. This therapy is based on the theory of traction, which has been utilized for decades as a treatment for back pain. “Most studies show that 75 to 85 percent of patients achieve successful results using SpineMed,” says Dr. Ellis. “Patients receive 20 treatments on the SpineMed machine – five days a week for four weeks. Afterward, they do four to six weeks of physical therapy. This is a very important part of the process, as it helps retrain the core muscles to support the spine.”
As a successful SpineMed patient himself, Dr. Ellis experienced the benefits firsthand after back surgery failed to relieve his pain.
Dr. Ellis has followed an interesting road throughout his medical career. He decided at
33 years old to attend college to become a physical therapist. A year later, he heard a speaker discuss osteopathy, a form of drug-free, non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. He changed his major the very next day.
Dr. Ellis graduated from Missouri Southern State University and the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has three sons, who were still in school at the time, and to help pay for medical school he joined the U.S. Army. During his tour of duty, Dr. Ellis interned at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia, and went on to practice in Kitzingen, Germany for three years. Next, he returned to Oklahoma and spent a year at Reynolds Army Hospital in Fort Sill.
“My youngest son is following in my footsteps. He is currently serving the U.S. Army in Kuwait and plans on becoming a doctor,” says Dr. Ellis.
In 2004, Dr. Ellis began teaching at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he founded the university’s osteopathic manipulative medicine treatment clinic and became involved in SpineMed. He began his private practice in 2008.
A successful patient at Spinal Decompression Zone, Krista Pickard is quick to sing the praises of Dr. Ellis and her treatments: “I had resigned myself to a life of constant pain. Now, I feel great! My best advice is not to accept lower back and neck pain as a fact of life. There is hope, and hope without having to undergo surgery.”
“I just can’t imagine a more caring physician,” Krista continues. “Dr. Ellis has had back problems himself, so he understands the pain you are feeling, and he works extra hard to make sure you don’t spend your life controlled by it.”
Dr. Ellis says it is patients like Krista that make his job so rewarding. “The best thing is seeing people come into the office with a frown or grimace from pain, and walk out with a smile.”
Spinal Decompression Zone’s free seminar on back pain treatment options will be held Wednesday, October 19 at 7p.m. Call (918) 770-3929 for more information.
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.