Life in the Fast Lane

Drug-free, nonsurgical decompression therapy relieves back pain.

Daytona International Speedway® is the home to a lot more than the DAYTONA 500® that kicks off the NASCAR® racing season each February and the Firecracker 400 that has traditionally been held there each Independence Day.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Mary Kay Hansen

In addition, the track plays host to a series of smaller races, a fan ride-along adventure known as the NASCAR Racing Experience and a variety of corporate events. It’s Mary Kay Hansen’s job to make sure they all run smoothly.

“I’m an administrative assistant to the senior vice president of operations in charge of the daily operation and maintenance of the speedway,” says Mary Kay, 57. “We actually have something going on here three hundred and sixty-five days a year.

“I used to be in the special events department and did a lot of work setting up the infield, pre-race shows for the big races. I’ve since moved into the operations department, where if anything goes wrong during a race or event, it’s our job to fix it.”

Mary Kay recently needed some fixing of her own. A former high school softball player who was involved in two car accidents before her 19th birthday, she has long dealt with nagging, but mostly manageable, pain in her left hip.

A slip last September changed all that. Shortly after the slip, the pain in Mary Kay’s hip began to intensify. Soon thereafter, an even more intense pain that ran from her lower right back, through her right hip and down into her right leg began to seize her.

“The pain was horrible,” Mary Kay describes. “I was having trouble sleeping because of the pain in my left hip, and I was having trouble doing almost anything other than sit for a while because of the pain on my right side.

“I’d be standing at my kitchen counter cooking dinner or helping my husband cook dinner, and the pain was shooting down my leg. It was so intense, it even hurt my job, because a lot of what we do is out on the track, and I couldn’t stand for long periods of time.”

After attempting to fight through the pain for a few months, Mary Kay visited her primary care physician, who attempted to relieve her agony through a series of steroid injections. When that didn’t work, Mary Kay visited a chiropractor.

“Some friends told me this chiropractor was great and to try acupuncture and all that, and so I did that for about four months,” Mary Kay reveals. “The chiropractic adjustment worked a little bit, but the pain was still there, and I was just miserable.

“I couldn’t even bend over, so my son-in-law eventually recommended I go see this chiropractor that he’d been seeing for some neck and back pain he was having. I was so miserable that I said, Sure, I’ll give it a try.”

Time to Decompress

The chiropractor Mary Kay’s son-in-law recommended is Jason Job, DC, of DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. After an initial evaluation and thorough examination, Dr. Job began treating Mary Kay with standard chiropractic care in early July.

The standard treatments provided Mary Kay with a little relief, but it never lasted for very long. Finally, after a couple of weeks, Dr. Job ordered an MRI that showed the cause of Mary Kay’s problem to be a cocktail of disorders.

In addition to spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on the nerves in the spine, Mary Kay’s MRI showed she was also suffering from spondylolisthesis, a significant forward slippage of several of the vertebrae in her lower back.

“When I first started spinal decompression treatment, my pain level was at least an eight on a scale of one to ten. . . . Now, it’s usually zero.” – Mary Kay

Those results told Dr. Job that conservative chiropractic techniques were not going to be enough to solve the problem, and since Mary Kay was adamant about avoiding back surgery, Dr. Job suggested she undergo spinal decompression therapy.

Spinal decompression is a drug-free, noninvasive, 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 post-surgical neck and/or back pain.

At DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression, decompression therapy is delivered through a machine called the DRX9000™, which has the capacity to produce 150 pounds of tractioning decompressive force through gentle motion.

“If you want the best results for your patients, you need to have the best equipment,” explains Jeremy M. Gordon, DC, clinic director and owner of DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. “That’s why we utilize the DRX9000 decompression system. In my opinion, it is unequaled in its design and clinical results.

“During a typical treatment, we start by getting the patient comfortable on the table. The DRX9000 then creates a very gentle decompressive force on the discs that reduces the pressure and helps pull some of that disc material back inward, alleviating the pain and rehydrating the injured disc.”

Cervical and/or lumbar disc injuries can be treated with the DRX9000, which is typically part of a treatment program comprised of 24 visits across ten weeks. Each visit lasts about an hour, with the first ten 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 fifty percent improvement in function and pain in those first ten visits,” Dr. Gordon relates. “If we see that improvement, we continue with the remaining fourteen treatments.”

That standard course of treatment has proven very effective. DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression has tracked the results of patients receiving its spinal decompression therapy for more than a decade, and their findings are remarkable.

“After tracking hundreds of patients, I am very proud to report that our patient satisfaction rate exceeds eighty percent,” Dr. Gordon proclaims. “That’s a much higher satisfaction rate than invasive surgery.”

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Spinal decompression has allowed Mary Kay to resume her active lifestyle.

Decompression treatments are typically followed by cold therapy and/or electrical muscle stimulation to restore proper muscle tone, decrease inflammation and maximize the effects of the treatment. It’s an all-inclusive therapy that literally worked wonders for Mary Kay.

Pain Level Zero

“I had no idea what to expect from the spinal decompression treatments, but I found out right away they’re not painful at all,” Mary Kay exudes. “You literally cannot feel the pull that’s happening because it’s so gradual. But you can feel the results, and quickly, too.

“When I first started spinal decompression treatment, my pain level was at least an eight on a scale of one to ten. But after just three treatments, I could already tell a huge difference. After those first three treatments, my pain level was already down to about four.

“From there, it just continued to get better and better, and now, it’s usually zero. Sometimes, I feel like it may be at a one, but most of the time, it’s zero, and that’s allowing me to sleep and work and do all kinds of things I couldn’t do before.

“I used to play golf a lot, and I just started playing again because my daughter picked it up, and I thought, Oh, I’d love to golf with her. I wouldn’t be doing that were it not for the spinal decompression treatments.

“My husband and I also like to hunt and go off-roading in a side-by-side, and for a long time, I was afraid to do either of those things because I was afraid of what any misstep or jolt in the side-by-side might do to my back. Now, I’m not apprehensive at all.”

Mary Kay says the only thing better than the results of the spinal decompression treatment is the way she was treated by Dr. Job and the staff at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression.

“Oh my gosh, they’re all so caring,” she enthuses. “I think the world of Dr. Job, and when you walk in, the staff greets you by name, and they treat you like you’re part of their family.

“It’s a great atmosphere because you can tell they really care about their patients. I highly recommend them to anyone who has any kind of back pain. What they can do for you is incredible, and it worked great for me.”

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