‘My Back Was Fully Restored’

Spinal decompression relieves disabling pain without surgery.

Jason Meeks

These days, Jason Meeks is employed as an IT director, a job that requires little heavy lifting. In his “previous life,” the 44-year-old made his living doing arduous labor. For his efforts, he received a lower back injury that grew more serious over time.

“For a while I did HVAC work and ran apartment complexes,” Jason relates. “I used to carry air-conditioning units up ladders and haul refrigerators up flights of stairs by myself. Tasks like those were pretty much a constant part of my job.

“My back problem started 20 years ago with that job. Then in 2008, I was rear-ended in a car accident. I think the accident contributed to my back problem even more because the pain got worse after that.”

Following the accident, Jason sought a physician’s care. The doctor ordered an MRI to evaluate Jason’s back and discovered the pain was the result of two herniated discs in the lower spine.

“The doctors tried pretty much everything in the book short of surgery, including pain medication, spinal injections and steroids,” Jason relates. “It came down to either I undergo surgery or stay on pain medication, which I did for a while. But I really didn’t like the way the medications made me feel, and the side effects weren’t very pleasant either.

“I opted to just deal with the pain as long as I could and avoid surgery. I managed that way until last year, when the dumbest thing happened. I wasn’t really doing anything, but I turned funny and fell to the ground. When I got up, I couldn’t walk without limping. I thought my back would get better in a couple weeks, but a month later it was just as bad. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t sit. I couldn’t do anything. I was in constant agony.

Jason recalls the pain as sharp, pulsing and aching at the same time.

“It felt like a knife was being driven through my spine,” he describes. “It went through my butt cheeks and down into my legs. On a scale of one to 10, the pain was a 10, no question about it. I like to swim, work in the garden and exercise, but I couldn’t do any of those things. If I tried to stand up or even just put on a shoe, the pain was severe.”

Fearful that surgery was his only option, a skeptical Jason finally listened to his wife, who suggested he seek the advice of a chiropractor before agreeing to surgery. Jason went online and searched for chiropractors with good reviews. He discovered Marc J. Rogers, DC, at Disc Centers of America in Largo.

“I continued with the spinal decompression treatments, and by the end I hit the point of zero pain.” – Jason

“Mr. Meeks came to us about three months ago,” Dr. Rogers says. “He had herniated and bulging discs for two decades and was in excruciating pain. He had been to multiple doctors, who tried many treatments, and now he was told he needed surgery. I performed some adjustments, but they really didn’t help him, so I recommended spinal decompression.”
“The damage to my discs was so bad that my surgical option was to fuse four vertebrae,” Jason reveals. “But Dr. Rogers said spinal decompression was the best course of treatment for me, so I agreed to it.”

Painless and Effective

Disc problems are the primary source of neck and back pain, which is the No. 1 cause of disability in the world, according to Dr. Rogers.

“The medical approach to back pain is to perform cortisone injections or nerve ablation, the burning of the affected nerves, or to prescribe pain medication, muscle relaxers or surgery,” the doctor offers. “But up to 50 percent of surgeries fail, so the world needs another safe and effective treatment option for back pain.

“Noninvasive, non-drug spinal decompression is definitely an option patients should try before resorting to any of those other treatments. After 21 years, I have never gotten better results with chronic and severe spine pain patients.”

Spinal decompression, which can be performed on the neck as well, was invented by a Harvard University-trained neurosurgeon more then 30 years ago. Studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic and Stanford University demonstrate its effectiveness as a conservative approach to relieving back and neck pain.

“During a spinal decompression treatment, patients lie on their back on a computer-controlled table,” Dr. Rogers explains. “We tell the computer exactly which discs to focus on, and the table very slowly, very gently pulls open the spine.

“This creates a negative pressure, which causes the part of the disc that’s bulging to move off of the nerves, relieving the pain. Opening the spine also brings water and nutrients back into the disc space so the disc can heal.”

The treatment is painless, Dr. Rogers notes. Many of his patients even fall asleep on the table.

“Spinal decompression is completely safe, but it takes time to be effective,” the doctor asserts. “The usual course of treatment is twice a week for 12 weeks, or 24 visits. We follow up the decompression with cold laser therapy. There are 4,500 studies on lasers showing they decrease swelling and increase stem cell production.”

A visit also includes massage therapy and a chiropractic adjustment using a hand-held instrument called an ArthroStim®. An ArthroStim is a percussive device that is moved along the spine to gently manipulate the vertebrae back into position.

“Our treatment protocol has a success rate of more than 90 percent,” Dr. Rogers discloses. “The vast majority of our patients feel much better and are happy with their results. We do recommend some follow-up chiropractic care, but spinal decompression works for the majority of back and neck pain patients.”

“Changed My Life”

Jason completed the full course of 24 spinal decompression treatments at Disc Centers of America, but he began to notice improvement in his condition after only a few sessions.

“After the first three or four treatments, I could walk without severely limping, which was good, but I still hurt,” he reports. “Then, after about six to eight weeks, I had less pain than I had before I hurt my back. It was still a little sore, but it was better than it was prior to my latest injury.

“I continued with the spinal decompression treatments, and by the end I hit the point of zero pain. I could move my legs and my back was fully restored. I could shift my back like I hadn’t been able to in decades, and I felt better than I ever have. Honestly, Dr. Rogers’ spinal decompression changed my life.”

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