IS IDD THERAPY: THE RELEVANCE OF IDD THERAPY®
What is the Best Approach to Chronic Back Pain?
A leading cause of missed work time, low back pain second only
to the common cold. Another stunning statistic is that back pain
is known to affect 56% to 85% of the U.S. population at some point
in their lives. Recognizing this impact, what then is the best
approach to treating back pain?
When back pain is caused by disc problems, as about seven million
low back cases are estimated to be, then the treatment choices
Spinal Fusion Surgery- requires surgical removal of the disc, then
grafting of the bones together on either side. This is of course
a highly invasive (and costly) procedure which has recently presented
new problems: the potential for increased pressure on other discs
can cause collateral damage to healthy spine segments. As many
as 20 percent of fusion recipients need additional spinal surgery
in the next 10 years
IDET (Intra-Discal Electrothermoplasty)- requires x–ray guided
needle insertion into the affected disc to thread a wire along
the inner wall of the annulus. The wire is then heated to destroy
small nerve fibers and partially melt the annulus to generate new
reinforcing proteins. A 53 patient study on discogenic back pain
published in “Spine” (Oct 2002) cited a success rate
for IDET (depending on criteria stringency) as high as up to 60%
to as low as 23%. (Minimally invasive).
R.D.N (Radiofrequency Discal Nucleoplasty)- even newer than IDET,
still somewhat invasive and mostly similar except that coblation
nucleoplasty utilizes a radiofrequency probe to vaporize some of
the nucleus and in this manner, decompresses the disc and reduces
the pressure both on the disc and surrounding nerve roots. (Minimally
IDD Therapy® (Intervertebral Differential
non-invasive, utilizes a sophisticated computer guided patient
manipulation device to deliver therapeutic distraction forces to
a specifically targeted spinal segment. The mild pumping effect
combined with a muscular physical therapy component, creates pressure
differential of the intervertebral discs and facet joints, that
is, unloading, due to distraction and positioning. A blinded study
published in American Journal of Pain Management (April 1997),
performed by Shealy and Borgmeyer* on an early spinal system model
which eventually led to the IDD Therapy® standard, the SPINA
System™, was reported as giving “good” to “excellent” relief
in 86% of patients with ruptured intervertebral discs.
Back pain suffers no longer have to experience the pain and agony
of “going under the knife”. Now there is a better and
proven option: IDD Therapy®.
New studies incorporating the IDD Therapy® protocols are continually
being funded in conjunction with this evolving technology.
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