WHAT IS IDD
THERAPY: Understanding Back Pain
Back pain most often occurs because of a pinched (impinged)
nerve, most often the sciatic nerve. While the most common
reason for this pinched nerve is disc herniation, other disc
problems can cause this pain.
What are some common causes of lower back pain?
or Bulging Disc. A herniated disc is a common cause
of severe back pain and sciatica. Discs are soft flexible "shock
absorbers" that separate each of the bones, or vertebrae,
in the spine. These discs have a rigid outside rim, but are
soft and gel-like inside. Activity, stress, or a mechanical
problem in the spine can cause one of the discs to bulge and
become misshapen. A disc becomes herniated when it degenerates
to the point that the gelatin within the disc protrudes outward.
Classic low back pain occurs if this material extrudes or bulges
far enough to press against a nerve root.
Degenerative Disc Disease. This condition is a major cause
of chronic low back pain. Because the discs in the spine do
not have a dedicated blood supply, the discs must rely on a
process called diffusion to receive their supply of water,
nutrients, and oxygen. If the flow of these elements is disrupted,
the vertebral discs can degenerate. This degeneration can cause
spinal structures to pinch (impinge) nerve roots, thereby causing
pain. Vertebral discs can also degenerate simply due to the
Posterior Facet Syndrome. The facet joints can wear down. In
such cases, a nerve can become pinched (impinged) and cause
Sciatica. Sciatica refers to a pain felt along the length of the sciatic nerve. The pain is usually felt in the buttock where it radiates down the back of the leg.
Acute Back Pain. Acute low back pain generally lasts less than
six months. A few cases may resolve without medical attention,
although many reoccur.
Chronic Back Pain. Chronic low back pain persists beyond six
How can I relieve my lower back pain?
There are a variety of options available to relieve
lower back pain.
Many options involve surgery, painful injections, and heavy drug therapy. The complications from back surgery can be severe and may result in permanent debilitating conditions. Additionally, surgery can be extremely expensive and can require a long recovery period lasting several months. Pain medications can make it difficult to carry on with normal day-to-day activities.
Now there is a new option: IDD Therapy®. This innovative
approach to relieve lower back pain is non-surgical, non-invasive
and typically does not involve pain medications. The treatment
is not only safe and painless, but also comfortable and relaxing.
In most cases, all non-invasive remedies should be exhausted
before anyone is referred for surgery. Be sure to ask your
doctor about non-invasive treatments for back pain.
For patients with a history of back pain and who are currently
experiencing symptoms that are interfering with activities,
the first step is proper diagnostic testing to determine the
cause of the symptoms and the severity of the problem.
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Q: How does IDD Therapy
A: IDD Therapy® provides a computer directed method of applying and achieving physical therapy treatment objectives without requiring the patient to participate in any exhaustive or painful exercise regimen. It is performed by a certified clinician. The IDD Therapy® device 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 amount of patients treated.