Avoid Back Surgery With VAX-D Therapy

Vertebral decompression is an effective tool to relieve pain from disc damage.

Ian Lupski loves the outdoors. He especially loves being near the water. In his free time, the single father enjoys fishing and taking his 8-year-old son — and his dog — to the beach to frolic in the surf. For more than half his life, Ian held a career that allowed him to work outside as well.

Ian and his son, Elijah

“I grew up in Fort Myers and ran my father’s tree service and landscaping business,” elaborates Ian, 40. “I worked with my father for more than 20 years. I enjoyed my job, but working for family is both nice and difficult at the same time.

“What I really liked about that job was working outdoors, and I had very good relationships with our customers. Most of them had known me since I was a baby, so it was like having 300 grandmothers. Everybody was really sweet. When my son was born, they threw me a huge baby shower and got my son everything he needed. It was cool.”

When his son’s mother passed away three years ago, Ian moved north to Bradenton to get a fresh start. That also meant getting a new job. He began working as a carpenter, a trade Ian appreciates for its spiritual significance.

“It’s the same job that Jesus had,” he shares. “Jesus was a carpenter, but in my role as a carpenter, I mostly build custom homes. I also remodel existing homes. We do a little bit of everything.”

This year, after he was involved in a serious motor vehicle collision that resulted in painful injuries to his lumbar and cervical spine, Ian’s capacity to perform those tasks with ease was compromised.

“I had rented a U-Haul® pickup truck with an auto-transport trailer so I could pick up a car in Fort Myers and bring it to Bradenton,” Ian recounts. “As I was sitting at a stoplight, an RV rear-ended the trailer and pushed the pickup into the car in front.

“Immediately, I felt pain in my neck and back. Afterward, my neck was pretty tender. That comes with the territory when you’re hit from behind because the impact tweaks your neck into weird positions. I felt intense pain in my lower back and down my legs. It felt like I was being shocked, like I was being electrocuted. On a scale of one to 10, my pain was a 10.”

Ian’s lower back pain was excruciating, but it didn’t stop him.

“I’m used to working hard jobs, and my whole life my father told me, Stop being a wimp and get back to work,” he reveals. “My back was painful, but I’m the only surviving parent my son has, and I have to take care of him, so I tried to tough it out and continue to work.

“But when my co-workers saw me limping and hobbling around because of the pain, they said, You need to see a doctor. You can’t be miserable like this. My lawyer recommended Dr. Aderholdt.”

Craig S. Aderholdt, DC, of Back Pain Institute of West Florida, provides the most advanced treatments for severe pain, including VAX-D® therapy, a patented, FDA-approved medical decompression technique for alleviating pressure on spinal discs.

“When Ian came to us, he was suffering with an extremely painful lower back condition resulting from herniated and bulging spinal discs,” notes Dr. Aderholdt, one of the few doctors in the country that offers VAX-D, or vertebral axial decompression.

Based on the findings of Ian’s physical exam, the results of his x-ray, his medical history and symptoms, Dr. Aderholdt recommended VAX-D therapy.

“People were telling me I might have to have surgery on my back and that scared me,” Ian remembers.

“Dr. Aderholdt told me VAX-D is a good alternative to surgery, so I agreed to try it because I didn’t want to be cut open.”

Tool for Spinal Health

Dr. Aderholdt emphasizes that VAX-D is not a traction device. It works differently and achieves substantially better results.

“For many patients, chiropractic adjustments alone can relieve their pain,” he explains. “However, for select people with conditions such as sciatica or herniated, bulging or degenerated discs, VAX-D therapy has proven extremely successful.”

The doctor reports that VAX-D is effective at alleviating low back and neck pain. It also helps with numbness, tingling and pain that radiates down the arms and legs. Because Ian had intense low back pain that radiated down his legs, he was considered an excellent candidate for the therapy.

During a VAX-D session, the patient relaxes on a comfortable, computer-controlled table and is secured by a pelvic belt or patented cervical collar, depending on the area being treated. Carefully specified tension and pressure changes guide the use of VAX-D, allowing the therapist to focus on decompression at the level of dysfunction. Most sessions last about a half-hour.

“The VAX-D treatments don’t hurt at all,” Ian shares. “They give me a pillow to rest my head on, and I’m usually so comfortable that I fall asleep on the table.”

The computer program enables the table to make subtle but targeted movements that create a powerful vacuum within the disc space. This vacuum gently draws the disc back to its proper orientation, pulling in nutrient-rich spinal fluid and stimulating repair cells that effectively mend the disc.

“No other treatment can create such a powerful vacuum,” Dr. Aderholdt contends. “There are imitators, but VAX-D’s vacuum effect is the most powerful. That is what makes VAX-D such a valuable tool for pain relief. Further, VAX-D doesn’t allow the muscles to contract the way other machines can. In fact, it is the only nonsurgical treatment that has been clinically proven to reduce disc pressure to negative levels.

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

Studies show that VAX-D has been effective in treating more than 88 percent of patients, Dr. Aderholdt notes. Many patients report a significant reduction in back or neck pain after only a few treatments, although Dr. Aderholdt points out that actual healing takes longer because bulging or herniated discs require a series of sessions to fully reposition.

“Some patients think they will get relief after a handful of sessions and they can just quit, but that’s not the case,” he stresses. “Patients must follow through with all of the required treatments to get the full benefit.”

Another advantage of VAX-D is that it can eliminate the need for surgery.

“Like Ian, many patients with severe back or neck pain want to avoid surgery, and that is something VAX-D allows,” Dr. Aderholdt states. “With surgery, there is the potential for serious complications, including bleeding and infection. Because VAX-D is noninvasive, those complications are avoided.”

“Great” Treatment

Ian’s accident occurred on February 13. It caused several discs in his lower back to herniate and bulge. A disc in his neck herniated as well. Ian continued to work with intense pain until he could no longer tolerate the discomfort.

“I’m probably 75 percent back to normal, and I’m only about halfway through treatment on my back.” -Ian

“I started VAX-D therapy on my lower back in late February, and already I feel a lot better,” Ian enthuses. “There’s definitely been significant relief. My back pain is now about a three out of 10, and it will likely get even better. Dr. Aderholdt told me that my body must acclimate to the treatment. Decompressing the spine is a serious process
that takes time.

“While I’m feeling considerably better, I still take it easy at work. When it comes to heavy lifting and doing tasks that are hard on the back, the other guys handle those. They know that I’m going through treatment and take it easy on me.

“Right now, I’m probably 75 percent back to normal, and I’m only about halfway through treatment on my back so it’s been successful for sure. And when I’m done with my back, my next round of treatment is going to be on my neck.”

Ian is pleased with the outcome of his VAX-D therapy thus far. He’s also delighted with the provider and his staff.

“I really like Dr. Aderholdt; he’s a good guy,” Ian raves. “He’s super knowledgeable, yet he can also explain things in layman’s terms so I can understand, which is really cool. That’s really important because I don’t know the medical terms.

“I especially like the environment at Back Pain Institute of West Florida. There are certain companies that you know are in business for the money, but you can tell these guys are in it to help people. I recommend VAX-D therapy 100 percent, and I definitely recommend Back Pain Institute of West Florida. The people there are great and so is the treatment!”

© FHCN article by Patti DiPanfilo. Photos by Jordan Pysz. mkb
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