SOURCE: SpinalAid Centers of America

September 20, 2006 11:23 ET

Oh, My Aching Back

New Spinal Therapy Eases Woes With 86% Success Rate

WOODSTOCK, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 20, 2006 -- It's one of the most common complaints in medicine: an aching back. And for 80 percent of Americans, back pain will be a disruption at some time in their lives. How to get rid of the pain is a hotly debated subject in the medical community. Americans currently undergo surgery for lower back-pain at a higher rate than any other country.

"Eighty percent of back surgeries are unsuccessful after only two years," says Dr. David Williams, chiropractor and clinical director of a SpinalAid Center in Georgia. "Surgery is not the best solution for most people."

Williams teamed up with another leading chiropractor in the Atlanta area, Dr. Gregory Iacono to open a SpinalAid Centers of America franchise, offering a non-surgical spinal decompression procedure to meet the growing needs of their patients suffering from back pain.

"For a patient who has severe back pain and can't enjoy life, cost is rarely an issue," says Iacono, who also has a physician whose specialty is internal medicine on staff to help consult with each of their patients. "Many people come to us because they think their last option is surgery and most are not willing to take that kind of risk with their spine."

The new spinal decompression therapy has been available for just a couple of years but already has an 86-percent success rate according to a published study by The American Journal of Pain Management. The rehabilitation therapy focuses on decompressing the discs to alleviate the pressure on the spinal nerves that can build up as a result of bulging, herniated, protruding or ruptured discs. The therapy can also help relieve pain caused by joint arthrosis, facet syndrome, sciatica, mild spondylolisthesis and stenosis.

"When a disc is injured, its nucleus -- or what is known as pulposus -- oozes out causing pressure to the surrounding nerves," says Williams. "Spinal decompression takes the pressure off the disk so the pulposus can return to the nucleus which eliminates the pain."

Spinal decompression is painless and involves lying on a table face up with your body fully supported by a harness. The high-tech table will than adjust to create negative pressure, a vacuum-like effect on the lower back. The therapy was discovered somewhat by accident when astronauts started reporting cured back pain after returning from space missions. It was the lack-of-gravity principles that helped develop the machine, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Previous low back therapies have involved a method known as "traction," which offers minimum results since the muscles of the spine contract and prevent the discs from being decompressed. The new therapy fools the muscles into relaxing which allows the escaping pulposus to retract back into the disc and alleviate pain to the spinal nerves.

In most cases patients receive a 45-minute session, 5 days a week for 4 to 6 weeks. At the conclusion of the treatment series, patients are taught specific strengthening exercises and instructed on ways to avoid re-injury. For more information on a SpinalAid Center in your area visit http://www.spinalaid.com or call 877-4-low-back (877-456-9222).

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