SOURCE: SpinalAid Centers of America

December 20, 2006 14:49 ET

Local Doctor to Help a Down and Out New Yorker Get Back Into the Workforce

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 20, 2006 --With 2007 approaching, the stress and demands of life continue to build. But imagine how much more stressful life would be if you couldn't provide for you or your family because of a debilitating back injury.

Back pain is the most common cause of work-related disability in the United States according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

New York doctor Howard Goodman wants to help a New Yorker get back into the workforce.

"I want to help someone who can't make a living because of a herniated or bulging disc and lacks the resources for treatment," says Goodman, director of New York's SpinalAid Centers of America on the corner of Park Avenue and 34th Street.

Goodman has been in private practice in New York for the last 10 years and specializes in non-surgical treatments. He is adored by patients and nicknamed, the "Miracle Doctor" on 34th street, by a woman who thought surgery was her only option until she met Goodman who alleviated her back pain without surgery.

Goodman is asking for New Yorkers who are jobless because of an injured back to write him about how a new back will make them a success in 2007. The winner will receive the latest non-invasive procedure, spinal decompression therapy. Spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment for severe and chronic low back pain with a high level of success according to a study in the American Journal of Pain Management.

The therapy decompresses the disks to alleviate the pressure on spinal nerves helping the body to heal itself. Spinal decompression is painless and involves lying on a high-tech table that adjusts to create a negative pressure vacuum-like effect on the lower back. The procedure lasts about 45 minutes per session and the full treatment takes 4 to 6 weeks. The cost is about $5,000, but free to one deserving New Yorker with the most compelling "back to work" story.

The winner will be announced on Monday, January 15, 2007. If you or someone you know is out of work due to chronic low back pain, submit your story explaining how a new back will help you get back into the workforce and make you a success in 2007. Stories must be submitted no later than Monday, January 8, 2007 to

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