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Dr. Andy Keith

Is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Worth The Cost

One of the questions people often ask me is whether having non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is worth it. Obviously, it depends ...

One of the questions people often ask me is whether having non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is worth it. Obviously, it depends on your individual condition. But if you ask my patients, they will tell you it is.

Jonathan’s Story

non-surgical-spinal-decompressionMy patient, Jonathan, is a good example of this. He came in to see me recently, so I asked him how his back was doing. Six years ago, we had performed non-surgical spinal decompression on his back for a herniated disc. I was interested to see how his back was doing after this many years. He told me his back was doing great and that he was thankful that he had chosen to do non-surgical spinal decompression.

You see, Jonathan is a real estate agent who is very active.  His family’s income is dependent on his ability to do his job. And, real estate agents are active people. Networking to meet potential clients, going to prospective clients’ homes to get listings, showing buyers homes, and going on inspections are just some of the things they do.

Downtime is NOT AN OPTION for real estate agents!

The bottom line for him...he couldn’t afford not to work or to be “down and out” trying to recover from surgery. That is one of the reasons he chose to do spinal decompression.

Jonathan also shared with me that he had a friend who had a herniated disc in his back at the same time he did.  Unfortunately, his friend had chosen not to do anything about his back, even though Jonathan had referred me to him.

As it turns out, his friend is now regretting that he didn’t have spinal decompression when he sees how Jonathan is doing. He is in pain all the time and his quality of life has been greatly impacted.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Non- Surgical Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression technology is typically used for the treatment of back pain due to:

  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated and/or bulging discs
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease

 

While it works for most of these conditions, it is important to make sure you consult a doctor who specializes in spinal decompression about your specific situation before getting treatment. There are some people who should not undergo this treatment. For instance, you should not have spinal decompression treatment, if you have any of the following conditions:

  • A Tumor
  • Fractures
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Metal Implants in your spine
  • Advanced Osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy
  • You’re under the age of 18

 

Benefits of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

non surgical spinal decompressionIf you have gone to an orthopedic surgeon for back pain, you may have been recommended for surgery. While surgery is usually covered by insurance and spinal decompression is not as of yet, it is important to consider the benefits of paying for spinal decompression:

  • Faster recovery time  Patients usually start feeling relief after the first couple of treatments.
  • Minimal or no time off of work Patients who are working can typically return to work the same or next day.
  • No risk of infection as with surgery   There are no invasive procedures involved.
  • No anesthesia   There is no risk of adverse reactions to anesthesia because it isn’t used.
  • No risk of blood clots There is no risk of blood clots as with surgery.

 The Cost of Non-Spinal Decompression

On average, spinal decompression from a qualified doctor will cost approximately $4,000, and most doctors will have some sort of payment option available.

I hear stories all the time from people that come to see me that they opted to have the surgery because: insurance covered it, and then regretted it when they experienced problems.  That is why it is so important to do your research up front, weigh the benefits and risks and make the decision that best fits your situation.

At the end of the day, your quality of life may depend on the decision you make. So, it is important that it is an informed one.

 

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

 

Dr. Andy Keith

Andy is passionate about helping people avoid surgery and has been doing so for over 30 years. As a Partner of SoCal Regenerative Medical Clinic, he has worked hard to expand the availability of non-surgical treatments to all of Southern California. When not speaking at conferences or treating patients, Andy enjoys running marathons and dancing salsa with his beautiful wife, Sandra.

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