Not everyone is an ideal candidate for Disc Restoration Therapy. Only a thorough evaluation by one of our specialist doctors will determine this. The alternative may be surgery, injections, medications, therapy, etc. If these types of treatments have failed you in the past, or if you'd like to avoid them all together then you could be a candidate for Disc Restoration Therapy.
It is commonly agreed upon by many physicians (Including spinal surgeons) that spinal surgery should be a last resort due to the risks surgeries carry. If you are considering surgery, a common procedure is called a discectomy. This is the surgical removal of herniated disc material that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord. The procedure involves removing the central portion of an intervertebral disc, the nucleus pulposus, which causes pain by stressing the spinal cord or radiating nerves.
A laminectomy or discectomy does cost a substantial amount of money. Often times, a patient is left with their own portion of the bill, in excess of $10,000-$15,000, and sometimes more, even after insurance pays their portion.
Be advised that there are cases where surgery is the only acceptable treatment available. If a patient experiences severe muscle weakness, incontinence, or severe extremity numbness, and if symptoms have not improved with conservative measures, then often times, surgery may be the only answer.
A good orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon will not operate unless it is a medical necessity and/or DRT method, PT, or chiropractic have not worked. On the flip side, a good physician will not perform Spinal Decompression on a patient if it is not clinically warranted or if there are any contraindications to the patient with this type of therapy.
Disc Restoration Therapy usually takes about 20-28 visits to over an eight week period to achieve the treatment goals of removing symptoms and stabilizing the injured disc. Essentially, $2,000-$4,000 is the out f pocket cost for this program .
The advantages are; no surgery, no discomfort, no risk or down time as with surgery, and the results are very good, and for much less money.
If you have tried medication, chiropractic manipulation, therapy, etc. and you are at the end of your rope and do not want surgery, or have experienced a failed surgery, then The DRT method centering around Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression may be the treatment of choice.
Remember, just because it's non-invasive, and non-surgical, there are certain conditions that will disqualify a patient from receiving this type of treatment. An adequate physical examination, x-rays, or even an MRI may be needed before Spinal Decompression can be performed.
Contact one of our spine centers for a complementary consultation to find out if Disc Restoration is the right treatment for you.