We utilize the term "computerized spinal decompression" to describe the therapy used in our office. Various companies manufacture different machines that deliver very similar therapies and each uses a different name. Some examples are DRX (decompression reduction extraction), IDD (internal disc decompression or intervertebral differential dynamics), VAD (vertebral axial decompression) or DRS (decompression, reduction and stabilization). Each of these terms is associated with devices that can produce "computerized spinal decompression". One of the more commonly known and advertised machines is the DRX 9000. We use the Lumbar Rx manufactured by North American Medical.
So what exactly is CSD therapy?
CSD is a non-surgical, non-invasive, innovative approach for treating low back problems that can include:
Herniated or bulging discs
Degenerative disc disease
Posterior facet syndrome
Acute or chronic back pain
How does CSD therapy work?
CSD therapy can isolate each lumbar vertebrae. We are able to program precise cycles of decompressive forces aimed at taking pressure off of injured structures. This high-tech therapy has been shown to create a small separation at targeted disc spaces and the pressure within an injured disc can be lowered. This "negative" pressure allows for water, oxygen, and nutrients to be flushed into the injured disc and can create a circumstance that will allow for healing. In our opinion, this circumstance would be impossible to achieve without the assistance of CSD therapy.
Also, CSD can positively effect other tissues and structures associated with chronic low back pain.
a network of spinal joints
the spinal canal
a structure that has been the subject of much study called the "dorsal root ganglion"
Why should you consider CSD therapy?
CSD therapy is effective. Our feeling is that CSD is becoming a popular therapy for chronic low back pain. CSD studies thus far have been promising and many patients have been successfully treated with CSD therapy. Since its introduction into our office in 2003, we have been impressed with the results we have seen with our patients.
CSD therapy is non-invasive. Invasive therapies often have complications and some surgical complications can be severe and debilitating. Non-invasive approaches typically avoid complications and medications and may well offer your best chance for optimal recovery.
CSD therapy is convenient. Sessions typically last 25 minutes. Because they are non-invasive, most CSD patients can carry-on with normal daily activities and can expect minimal or no absence from work.
CSD therapy is cost-effective. The cost of treatment is minimal compared to the cost of surgery. While many offices recommend 20 sessions, we usually begin with 6 sessions over a 2 week period and evaluate for effectiveness of care and need for continued treatment during that time.
Please come in for a no cost consultation. During the consultation we will take a brief history, perform a brief examination, and review any reports you might bring. With this evaluation we can make a determination for care required and then accurately address the financial aspect of your treatment.
In the hands of chiropractors, CSD becomes a marriage between "hands on" and "high tech".
Chiropractors have built a profession on the "hands-on" approach. Medicine has built a profession around drugs and surgery. Chiropractors use non-invasive approaches. Medicine is typically invasive and has a poor track record in treating low back problems. With CSD being a non-invasive therapy . . . it stands to reason that it will work best in an environment built on non-invasive therapies and with doctors that have built a profession around treating low back problems. CSD dovetails with the many things that chiropractors have already been doing for over 100 years.