Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

low back apinPractitioners who treat low back pain have to consider the various causes of lower back pain.  The list of common causes of spinal pain include, a bulging or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal nerve impingement, kidney stones, central canal stenosis (spinal stenosis), and strained or sprained muscles and ligaments.

Spinal specialists such as chiropractic doctors are trained to identify and/or treat such conditions.  An evaluation is needed to diagnose the source of back pain and this leads to a treatment plan that is appropriate to address the cause of the condition. We have numerous option for treatment in our Lakewood, CO chiropractic clinic.

The approach in a chiropractic clinic as far as using different therapy modalities include manipulation therapy, electric muscle stimulation, core exercise, decompression therapy, physical therapy, ATM2 (Active Therapeutic Movement), class IV LASER, heat or ice therapy, and massage.

Musculoskeletal conditions such as a strained ligament will heal within 6 weeks depending on severity.  A muscle strain, though just as painful as a ligament injury, will usually heal in less time.

When treating an intervertebral disc herniation back surgery may be recommended.  But before surgery, one should consider the use of nonsurgical alternatives.  Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy can provide lasting results and relieve the pain in your low back.

It’s important though to see a trained spinal decompression clinician or physician for decompression treatments.  Though orthopedic doctors can treat a disc bulge with surgery a chiropractor can be your best advocate in eliminating pain non-surgically.

DRX9000 decompression is the most advanced technology in the field of spinal decompression.  We were one of the first Denver chiropractors to offer spinal decompression and have learned a lot about the non-surgical management of low back pain. A ruptured disc can raise havoc in your personal or professional life, cause premature degeneration and just plain debilitate a person.

Here is a great article by San Francisco chiropractor, Dr. Eben Davis, entitled, “Herniated Discs “CAN” Be Repaired Without Surgery!”

It’s estimated by the ACA (American Chiropractic Association) that 80% of Americans will have to deal with low back pain at some point in their lives.  Releasing a pinched nerve is the first step in becoming pain free and that’s exactly what a decompression technology does to a bulging disc causing sciatica or low back pain.

We’re here to help.

Posted from Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Ron Spallone

Dr. Ron Spallone, DC is the chiropractic clinic director. His passion is the driving force behind Denver Chiropractor dot com. He's been a Colorado chiropractor for over 15 years.

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  1. James Gordon
    March 14, 2011, 3:49 pm

    Dr. Spallone-

    What does this treatment typically cost the patient? Do most insurance companies cover this care?
    That’s a big factor in my decision to receive any kind of treatment.


    • Dr. Ron Spallone
      March 16, 2011, 10:53 pm

      Hi James,
      It’s not the first time I’ve heard someone ask, “Does insurance cover spinal decompression?”

      It’s a coin toss as to whether or not insurance companies cover spinal decompression. (BUT…to be honest, most every time if you call heads, the coin comes up tails).

      A typical patient who chooses to undergo this type of care (spinal decompression) usually does just that…chooses. Depending on the nature of your condition, the severity of the symptoms, the chronicity etc, it is usually several thousand dollars for the decompression part of the care. I, often times, incorporate other modalities into the treatment plan (again, based upon the uniqueness of each case). Some of these services may be covered by insurance and some not- each and every insurance policy is different. I may use the K-Laser, the ATM2, or sometimes it’s Functional Physical Medicine, or occasionally chiropractic.

      Due to the high success rate and low risk of non-surgical spinal decompression, it would seem logical to ‘approve’ this type of care prior to even letting someone undergo back surgery, right? Meaning, if it works, the insurance company is out four figures vs sometimes six figures for some of the extensive back surgeries. But (illogically) that’s not how it works.

      This care type of care is for someone who truly wants to exhaust all the conservative therapies prior to succumbing to back surgery. So for most, it’s the principle. Its for people who understand the risk of invasive procedures.

      Regarding costs: I’m empathetic and understanding of the out-of-pocket costs. But I also know the priceless value it can provide if successful. So, at our policy is that if someone wants the care and needs it they can get it now. And due to the nature of the cash-out-of-pocket, well, we let the patient choose a payment plan that doesn’t stretch them too far or stress them too much. They get the care now and make payments that suit them over time or they can pay for the care up front.

  2. Sharon
    March 18, 2011, 10:36 pm

    Whoa…. thats enough for me to never want to have back surgery. I can’t see how that much trauma can make someone better….!?

  3. Alex
    April 7, 2011, 10:42 pm

    It’s good to know that there’s still an alternative to back surgery like Spinal decompression.. It seems like back surgery can really cost an amount of money and time. It also looks painful.

    • Dr. Ron Spallone
      April 8, 2011, 10:16 pm

      Some of the spinal fusion surgeries can run upwards of six figures. The rehabilitation afterwards can be extensive. Non-surgical spinal decompression is not an end-all-be-all but it is a very viable and conservative option for conditions like herniated discs (disks), bulging discs, pinched nerves and degenerative discs disease that cause symptoms like sciatica.

  4. Kyle
    September 6, 2011, 1:18 pm

    Sometimes surgery is inevitable. If that’s the case, I’m an advocate of minimally invasive surgery. It’s less complicated and less scary than traditional open-back surgery. But if you can solve the problem non-surgically and for less money as well, it’s worth it as well. Chiropractic and DRX9000 spinal decompression are great for the treatment of conservative herniated discs and bulging discs, but sometimes back surgery is inevitable.

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