Freeing up Disc Space

Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy alleviates need for back surgery.

Just like the car, truck or motorcycle that most people use as their primary mode of transportation, boats have a tendency to break down every now
and then. When they do, Betsy Euverard often fields the call from the stranded boater.

Betsy Euverard finally found a remedy for her agonizing back pain at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. In addition, Dave Mixon completed the Ideal Protein® protocol for weight loss.

Betsy Euverard

Betsy, 43, is the primary dispatcher for the boat-towing company that she and her boyfriend operate on St. John’s River. She spends most of her work day on or around the water and a lot of her free time there as well.

About a year ago Betsy, her boyfriend and two other couples set out from Jupiter on a pair of 31-foot Sailfish boats for a long weekend trip to Bimini in the Bahamas. It wasn’t long after they arrived that Betsy wished they’d never left.

The three-plus hour trip across the Atlantic Ocean was especially rough this time, and while it seemed to Betsy at first as if she had made it through the bumpy ride without issue, she soon discovered differently.

“I was sitting in a kind of awkward position most of the way over there, with one foot on a seat and the other on a cooler kind of holding stuff down,” Betsy explains. “It was three hours of just pounding, and I really took a beating.

“I actually felt fine the whole weekend we were there, but then about a month later, I began to feel a great deal of intense pain in my lower back, hip and buttocks, particularly when I sat for long periods of time.”

After a while, Betsy’s pain became prevalent no matter the setting. Within a week, she could no longer sit or stand for even short periods of time without experiencing the excruciating pain, which was so great she couldn’t sleep at night.

Desperate for relief, Betsy first went to a massage therapist. Almost immediately, the massage therapist recommended her to a
chiropractor, who eventually diagnosed Betsy with a herniated lumbar disc that he treated for several weeks to no avail.

Still in constant agonizing pain, Betsy’s frustration peaked when the chiropractor suggested she see a back surgeon, who could not guarantee that it would achieve the desired results but immediately suggested she have back surgery.

“I really did not want to have back surgery, so the surgeon put me on steroids,” Betsy notes. “But the steroids only worked for a few days. Then a friend suggested I go to DeLand Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression because they have a
decompression machine.”

Time to Decompress

Spinal decompression is a drug-free, noninvasive, nonsurgical therapy used to treat bulging, herniated or protruding spinal discs; spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, neuropathy in the arms or legs, and post-surgical neck and/or back pain.

At DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression, the therapy is delivered through a machine called the DRX9000, which has the capacity to produce 150 pounds of tractioning decompressive force to gently stretch the spine while patients lie on a treatment table.

Betsy Euverard finally found a remedy for her agonizing back pain at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. In addition, Dave Mixon completed the Ideal Protein® protocol for weight loss.

“I can only say
great things about
Dr. Gordon and his staff…
Everyone there is just
awesome.” – Betsy

Through gentle motion, the therapy increases disc space and restores the
nutrients and hydration that allows the discs to heal, explains Jeremy Gordon, DC, clinical director at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression.

“We get the patient comfortable on the table, and the DRX9000 creates a very gentle decompressive force on the discs that reduces disc pressure helps pull some of that disc material back inward, which alleviates the pain,” Dr. Gordon educates.

“We can treat cervical and/or lumbar disc injuries with these machines, and after examining her, we determined that the DRX9000 would indeed work best for Betsy.”

A typical course of decompression therapy delivered through the DRX9000 consists of 24 visits across ten weeks. Each visit lasts about an hour, with the first ten
visits designed to determine just how well a patient will actually respond to the therapy.

“We do it five days a week for two weeks, and our goal is to see a fifty percent improvement in function and pain within those first ten visits,”
Dr. Gordon explains. “If we see that improvement, we  continue with the rest of the twenty-four-visit rehabilitation protocol.”

Noticeable Improvement

After her first ten visits, Betsy reported that her pain level had been reduced from a constant nine or ten on a scale of one to ten to a level of five. As a result, Dr. Gordon continued working with her through the rest of the treatment protocol.

Betsy Euverard finally found a remedy for her agonizing back pain at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. In addition, Dave Mixon completed the Ideal Protein® protocol for weight loss.

Spinal decompression therapy rid Betsy of her pain and helped get her back on the water.

“What we do in that case is taper down the frequency of treatments, going from five days a week to three days a week, then to two days a week and then finally to one day a week. By the end we expect the patient’s pain level to be one or less on a scale of ten.”

Betsy completed her therapy in March, at which time she was indeed reporting pain levels of one or less. She said the most notable improvement came during the second half of the treatment schedule, during the last 14 visits.

“Now I’m about ninety-five percent pain free,” Betsy reports. “Dr. Gordon also gave me some exercises to do to help build up my core muscles while I was being treated, and I’ve continued to do them even after the treatments and they’ve really helped me a lot.

“When I first went to see Dr. Gordon, I was scared to death thinking I was going to need surgery, and not knowing whether he was going to be able to fix the problem or not. I was just very anxious about everything.

“But now, I can only say great things about Dr. Gordon and his staff, because I’ve never been anywhere where I have walked away feeling so appreciative of what they do and how nice and kind and caring they are. Everyone there is just awesome.”

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