Spinal Solution

Vacuum effect heals painful, herniated discs.

When Ken Hoydic, 64, was in his 40s, he suffered a herniated disc in his back, the result of years of heavy lifting at his job in a hospital warehouse. With care, the Connecticut native got his back pain under control, then returned to living as usual with the condition. In 2017, however, Ken experienced new, excruciating pain in his back that he couldn’t live with.

Dr. Aderholdt treated Ken Hoydic for back pain with VAX-D® therapy.

VAX-D therapy helped Ken get back on his feet

“After that herniated disc, I was fine, and I could do everything,” confirms Ken. “I hiked. I golfed. I umpired baseball and softball games and refereed high school sports. I never worried about my back.

“Then in September, the day after Hurricane Irma came through, I was up on a ladder taking down my hurricane shutters when the ladder broke and I fell. At the time, my foot and shoulder were hurt, but there was no pain in my back, which I thought was strange.”

One month later, Ken’s worst nightmare came true. As he volunteered at a local animal reserve, his back suddenly stiffened and locked up. Then, the pain hit him – hard.

“I almost couldn’t get into my car to go home,” he says. “It was a constant, sharp pain, a ten out of ten. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t golf or do any of my activities. I couldn’t exercise. For the first five days, I couldn’t walk without crutches. I couldn’t even lie down in bed without pain. I slept sitting up on the couch. I was miserable.

“I went to a chiropractor, and my friend had to take me because she had an SUV I could climb into. It hurt too much to bend to get into a regular car. I had an MRI, and it showed I had three herniated discs. I reinjured the first disc and also injured two others.”

Unfortunately, the chiropractor couldn’t help Ken, so he tried physical therapy. He wasn’t happy with that physical therapist’s approach, so he began seeing another physical therapist, who performed a stretching procedure on Ken that helped him a little.

That got Ken thinking that stretching his back might lead to greater pain relief, so he started looking for centers that offered therapies that decompress the spine. That’s how he found Back Pain Institute of West Florida, where Dr. Aderholdt offers a unique, nonsurgical treatment calledVAX-D® Therapy.

“Ken had a very painful back condition, and for him, as with many patients with similar painful conditions, I recommended VAX-D therapy,” notes Dr. Aderholdt, who is one of the few doctors in the country who offers this patented, FDA-approved medical decompression technique for alleviating pressure on the discs of the spine.

Valuable Tool

Dr. Aderholdt stresses that while VAX-D therapy is a medical decompression technique, it is not a traction device. It works differently and achieves significantly better results.

“For many patients, chiropractic adjustments alone can actually relieve the pain,” he discloses. “However, for select people with sciatica or herniated, bulging or
degenerated discs, VAX-D treatment has proven extremely effective.”

During VAX-D treatment, the patient relaxes on a comfortable, computer-controlled table, secured with a pelvic belt or patented cervical collar, depending on the area to be treated. Carefully specified tension and pressure changes guide the use of VAX-D, allowing the therapist to focus decompression at the exact level of spinal dysfunction.

The VAX-D system is computerized, so it enables the table to make subtle but targeted movements, which create a powerful vacuum within the disc space. This vacuum gently draws the disc back to its proper orientation, which pulls nutrient-rich spinal fluid into the disc and stimulates repair cells that effectively mend the disc.

“Nothing else can create such a powerful vacuum,” asserts Dr. Aderholdt. “That is what makes VAX-D such a valuable tool for pain relief. There are imitators, but the vacuum effect is the most powerful one known. It doesn’t allow the muscles to contract like other machines might. In fact, VAX-D is the only nonsurgical treatment that has been clinically proven to reduce disc pressure to negative levels.”

VAX-D treatment has, over the years, developed a long track record of many satisfied patients, observes Dr. Aderholdt. Long-term studies have shown that VAX-D is effective in more than 88 percent of patients who go through the treatment.

“I consider VAX-D one of the most effective nonsurgical medical treatments for low back pain, neck pain and sciatica today,” he declares. “This revolutionary technology is one more tool I can offer my patients as we work toward relieving pain and maintaining the health of the lumbar and cervical spine.”

Ready to Run

Dr. Aderholdt determines the number of VAX-D treatments for each patient based on their unique condition. People must complete their entire course of therapy to receive the full benefit of the treatment, but some people, including Ken, begin to feel pain relief earlier in the process.

“After the first four weeks, my pain decreased considerably until I had just a little pain in my groin. On a pain scale of one to ten, that was a one or two, and I only felt it when I bent down,” reports Ken. “Then, about four weeks later, that pain went away completely. Since then, I have been pain free.”

With his therapy completed and his pain relieved, Ken’s life is getting back to normal. He can now bend to get into his car, sleep in his bed and walk without assistance.

“Now, I feel good,” he enthuses. “I’m actually doing some yard work, but I’m being careful. After the VAX-D treatments, I’m able to walk, cut the grass, ride my exercise bike and lie on my back to sleep. I have no pain doing those things.”

Ken reports that while he feels much better, he hasn’t returned to the golf course yet. He says Dr. Aderholdt advised him to not overdo his activities until the discs have had more time to heal. Ken has returned to some other sports activities, however, and hopes to do more soon.

“I umpired a softball game, but then the season ended,” he relates. “Refereeing high school sports is my part-time job, so I don’t want to miss that. I start volleyball soon and basketball right after that. I don’t want to do anything to screw up my back before that. I feel like I can run right now, but I’m going to see what happens with my recovery.”

Ken is pleased with the results he achieved with his VAX-D therapy. He credits Dr. Aderholdt and his unique, nonsurgical treatment for his excellent outcome.

“If anybody has a problem similar to mine with a herniated disc, I would
recommend that they get VAX-D therapy at Back Pain Institute of West Florida in a heartbeat,” shares Ken. “Dr. Aderholdt said my condition was pretty bad, so it probably took me longer than it takes most people to get better, but waiting was well worth it.”

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