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Treat back pain with new method

Jeffrey B. Auth
Jeffrey Auth

There is a nonsurgical solution for people bulging or degenerative discs, back or neck pain, or failed back or neck surgery.

Back pain is the second most common medical complaint in North America, It affects 80 percent of the population at one time or another and can cause a permanent loss of function. This can force those with back pain to give up activities they love. In many cases, even simple activities may become impossible to perform.

How does it work?

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.

For patients suffering from back pain, the first step is proper evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the cause of the symptoms and the severity of the problem.

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Now there is a new option: IDD Therapy and The DRS Protocol. This innovative approach to relieve lower back pain is non-surgical, non-invasive and does not involve pain medications. Non-invasive approaches should be exhausted before anyone is referred for surgery. Be sure to ask your doctor about non-invasive treatments for your back pain.

IDD Therapy provides a computer-directed method of applying and achieving physical therapy treatment objectives supervised by a certified technician. The IDD Therapy device gently manipulates the offending spinal segment, while helping stretch and tone underlying musculature. Patients can experience significant improved spinal health and pain elimination.

DRS stands for decompression, reduction and stabilization. During treatment, negative pressure is applied to a specific intervertebral area. This negative pressure promotes the intake of water, oxygen and nutrients into the vertebral disc area, thereby hydrating the degenerated disc.

For patients suffering from back pain, the first step is proper evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the cause of the symptoms and the severity of the problem.

What are common causes of lower back pain?

A herniated disc is the most common cause of severe back pain. Discs are soft, flexible shock absorbers that separate each of the vertebrae in the spine. These discs have a rigid outside rim, but are soft and gel-like inside. Activity, stress or mechanical problems in the spine can cause the discs to bulge and become herniated. When a disc becomes herniated, 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 is another common 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 water, nutrients and oxygen. If the flow of these elements is disrupted, the discs can degenerate. This degeneration can cause spinal structures to impede on nerve roots, thereby causing pain. Discs can also degenerate with age.

Posterior facet syndrome occurs when the facet joints wear down. In such cases, a nerve can become encroached on, causing pain.

Sciatica refers to pain felt along the sciatic nerve. This pain is usually in the buttocks and radiates down the back of the legs and into the feet.

Acute low back pain generally lasts less than six months and may resolve without medical attention, although many people experience recurrences.

Chronic low back pain persists longer than six months. This commonly affects people’s mental health, causing anxiety and even depression.

Until now, if you suffered from low back pain the methods of treatment available have been: bed rest, muscle relaxants, pain medications, spinal adjustments, physical therapy and, finally, surgery. Now you have a better option: IDD Therapy and The DRS Protocol.

Jeffrey Auth earned his doctor of chiropractic at Parker College of Chiropractic in 1996. He has been practicing for 18 years and has run his own practice, Auth Chiropractic and Vitality Center in Dillon, since 2000. He has recently been certified in the DRS Protocol and is the only one that offers the therapy in Summit County.

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