A Patient’s Guide to Back Pain and the IDD Therapy road to recovery
What is back pain and why am I suffering?
Back pain can sneak up on you when you least expect it. If you have ever experienced neck or back pain, you know that it can impact every aspect of your daily life; from your work to your home life, as well as your sports, exercise and leisure activities. It is literally and figuratively ‘a pain in your neck’!
The question is: what is causing this pain? Could you have herniated, ruptured or slipped a disc? There are several possible causes for this, such as trauma (e.g. an accident or a fall), sports and recreational injuries, poor posture or lifestyle factors, or a combination of any of these. These include sitting for long hours in front of a computer or sitting in your car for hours on the daily commute.
A little bit about how we are built
So, what happens when you damage a disc? The spine is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae which are cushioned by soft discs made up of a jelly-like substance. These discs serve a very valuable purpose as they act as shock absorbers as you move around. But, if a disc between two vertebrae starts to slip out of place, the jelly-like center can push outwards - this is called a herniated disc. This condition can irritate or put pressure on a nerve, causing pain and inflammation. The pain and inconvenience caused by a herniated disc can be intense. However, discs can heal and a damaged disc is not a life sentence to pain and suffering.
My back hurts! What can I do?
The solution to back and neck pain is not necessarily surgery. Time, therapy and gentle exercises are often the key to curing disc problems. The process can be helped along with a gentle, non-invasive therapy, IDD Therapy, which aims to reduce the pain and tingling which is associated with neck and back pain.
IDD Therapy: a safe, effective and non-evasive treatment method
In recent years, an innovative treatment called IDD Therapy (Intervertebral Differential Dynamics), has been developed which has had proven success in relieving the symptoms of damaged discs and putting patients on the road to recovery. This technology has been approved by the FDA as being safe and effective for conditions and injuries producing spinal pain, including disc problems such as herniations, bulges, disc damage and degeneration.
IDD Therapy accurately targets the affected vertebrae and gently stretches them, using sophisticated computerized algorithms. All this takes place as the patient lies comfortably and fully dressed on the treatment bed, listening to soothing music. The goal of the treatment is significant relief of pain and the improvement of the patient’s quality of life with a resumption of their everyday activities.
How can I begin IDD Therapy?
While you can certainly make an appointment with our Clinic without having seen a doctor; when it comes to disc pain the more tests you have had prior to your appointment, the better we can assess and evaluate your condition. Please bring all of your paperwork and CD ROMs of any CT or MRI scans.
At your first appointment we will conduct a thorough screening of your nerves, reflexes and skin sensation. The more information we have the better we can help you.
If you want to know more about IDD Therapy and want to know if IDD Therapy can alleviate your neck and back pain, please book an assessment, evaluation and treatment appointment today at the Back into Shape Clinic. Back into Shape is the only IDD center in Israel.
Miriam Lipshitz has recently joined the Back into Shape team as the IDD technician and clinic assistant. She is a South African qualified and experienced teacher by profession with wide ranging experience in research and writing.