Is Your Back On Fire?

Douse the pain with nonsurgical, drug-free treatment.

It may be hereditary, something written deep into her genetic code. The science isn’t quite clear, but just like her father and grandfather, Kara Haun is often moved by a sudden desire to embrace danger and do the unthinkable.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Kara Haun

“I love to run into burning buildings,” Kara says flatly.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, countless lives, acres of land and yes, buildings, have been saved thanks to Kara’s whim, which is at the root of this third-generation firefighter’s 20-year career as a first responder.

“My father was a fire chief, his father was a fire chief and right now I’m a battalion chief for the fire department,” explains Kara, 39. “What that means is, in addition to doing regular firefighting jobs, I also supervise about 20 people. I also run our technical rescue team of about 45 people. We do all the specialized incidents that firefighters are asked to do like trench rescue, confined-space rescue and structural collapse work, as well as fight fires.

“And I just love it. I love being able to help people in so many different ways. That’s the best part about being a firefighter. That’s the reason I got into this line of work. It’s to help people in need, and that’s what I really love to do.”

Kara also likes to work out. A former soccer, volleyball and basketball player, she co-owns a cross-fit gym where she trains for competitions such as the World Police and Fire Games. While participating in that event three years ago, Kara suffered a serious back injury.

Since her initial recovery, Kara developed a regular routine of mobility and strengthening exercises that has helped her avoid a relapse. That routine was working just fine until fate stepped in this past spring.
“When the coronavirus hit and we all got stuck in quarantine, I wasn’t getting to the gym as much, so I got a little lax with my rehab,” Kara explains. “I was doing a lot of mountain biking and yoga instead, and at some point, I really tweaked my back again.

“At first, I just tried resting it, but that didn’t help. Then one day I was making my bed and my back locked up on me. After that, I couldn’t even bend down to pick up a pillow, much less put on my gear at work without being in excruciating pain.

“And I swear, after that, we must have had a fire every single night. So with the injury and all, I was just in excruciating pain all the time. And sitting only made it worse so it was hard to rest. I knew I had to do something, so I called Dr. Gordon.”

“The spinal decompression treatment is absolutely amazing.” – Kara

Kara had previously gone to Jeremy M. Gordon, DC, of DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression, for standard chiropractic care and adjustments. He is also a member at Kara’s gym.

“Dr. Gordon’s office is down the block from my gym, so when my back got really bad, I went to see him,” Kara explains. “He ordered an MRI, and it showed I had herniated and bulging discs.”

Dr. Gordon typically begins treating patients such as Kara with standard chiropractic care and physical therapy. Because those steps had already been taken with Kara, Dr. Gordon cited the findings of the MRI and instead recommended she undergo spinal decompression.

Time to Decompress

Spinal decompression is a drug-free, nonsurgical therapy that can be used to treat bulging, herniated or protruding spinal discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, neuropathy in the arms or legs, and postsurgical neck or back pain.

At DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression, the treatment is delivered through a machine called the DRX9000, which is engineered to alleviate pain associated with sciatica, stenosis and bulging or herniated spinal discs.

“If you want the best results for your patients, you need the best equipment,” Dr. Gordon says. “That’s why we utilize the DRX9000 decompression system. It’s unequaled in design and clinical results.”

A typical session begins with the patient getting comfortable on the decompression table. The DRX9000 then creates a very gentle decompressive force on the patient’s damaged discs. This reduces pressure on the discs, which helps retract some of the disc material to its natural position, alleviating the pain and rehydrating the injured disc.

The DRX9000 can be used to treat cervical and/or lumbar injuries through a program typically comprised of 24 visits across 10 weeks. Each visit lasts about an hour, with the first 10 designed to determine the patient’s likely response.

“We start by treating patients five days a week for two weeks, and our goal is to see a 50 percent improvement in function and pain in those first 10 visits,” Dr. Gordon educates. “If we see that improvement, we continue with the remaining 14 treatments.”

That standard course of treatment has proven very effective. DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression has charted the results of patients receiving its spinal decompression therapy for more than a decade.
“After tracking hundreds of patients, I am very proud to report that our patient satisfaction rate exceeds 80 percent,” Dr. Gordon proclaims. “That’s a much higher satisfaction rate than invasive surgery.”

Decompression is normally followed by cold therapy and/or electrical muscle stimulation to restore proper muscle tone, decrease inflammation and maximize the effects of the treatment.

Amazing Results

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Spinal decompression gave Kara immediate relief from her back pain.

Partially due to the coronavirus outbreak, Kara spent nearly two months trying to treat the back pain by herself before seeking help from Dr. Gordon, who provided almost immediate improvement.

“I started spinal decompression treatments the same day that we got the results of the MRI back, and I literally started feeling relief right away,” Kara says. “I felt significantly better after just two or three days, and after a week I was back to being myself again.

“When I first started the spinal decompression my pain level was probably a six or seven on a scale of one to 10. But after 10 days, I was almost pain free. After that I just had to complete the course of treatment to keep it there.

“Since then, I haven’t had any relapses or problems at all, and my back feels great. I still have some other muscular issues that I’m working through that might have been the cause of this problem in the first place, but as far as my back goes, it’s done really well.

“I wish that I had gone to see Dr. Gordon sooner. The spinal decompression treatment is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it to anybody having any kind of back pain.

“And I definitely recommend Dr. Gordon. He’s absolutely wonderful.”

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