Reeling in Back Pain

Drug-free, nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy provides relief.

An eight-pound bass he caught and had mounted when he was a kid is one of the few trophies that tournament fisherman John Patterson has on display inside his DeLand area home. John’s house isn’t big enough to hold all the others.Photos courtesy of John Patterson.

“I’ve got boxes of them in storage,” says John, a production supervisor with Florida Power & Light who has been reeling in prized catches for almost as long as he’s worked for the company, which is 31 years.

“I’ve won some money, a lot of trophies and a lot of bragging rights over the years,” John adds. “As far as bass fishing goes, the biggest bass I ever caught was nine pounds, 14 ounces, and the biggest bag I ever had was five fish, (weighing) 27 pounds.

“I’ve also caught some really huge snook and redfish in my day, but I’ve recently gotten into shark fishing. The shark fishing bug has bitten me hard. My son is into it, too, and we spent his spring break this year shark fishing.”

A real outdoorsy type, John also rides a motorcycle – a 1996 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy® – but a steady increase in back pain recently forced him to abandon his bike, his fishing pole and just about every other activity he enjoys.

“My back problems date back to when I was much younger and worked on a transmission crew for the power company,” John relates. “I had a herniation at L5 (vertebra) and went through a procedure that took care of it for a long time.

“As we get older, though, things change. A few years ago, my back started to flare up again. For a long time, I fought through it, but it got progressively worse to the point where no matter what I did, I really paid for it.

“If I went for a ride on my bike, by the time I got home, I was in agony. If I went to the gym, it hurt all over. Even fishing was painful, because you’re standing all day, casting hundreds of times and reeling in fish, netting fish, and that really took a toll.

“It hurt me just to get out of bed in the morning, and I’ve been to a lot of chiropractors over the years, but when this flared up, I decided to go to DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression because I’d heard a lot of good things about them.”

Time to Decompress

At DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression, John’s back pain was initially treated with standard chiropractic care and physical therapy. When those methods failed to produce the desired results, Michael Munson, DC, recommended spinal decompression.

Photos courtesy of John Patterson.

John is back enjoying fishing again.

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

“My goal is for patients to avoid a surgical intervention if at all possible, and noninvasive forms of treatment such as spinal decompression help us achieve that goal with minimal risk to the patient,” Dr. Munson says. “It’s a great way to treat a patient from a conservative standpoint.”

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

“If you want the best results for your patients, you need to have the best equipment,” says Jeremy M. Gordon, DC, of DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. “That’s why we utilize the DRX9000 decompression system. It’s unequaled in its design and clinical results.”

A typical spinal decompression treatment 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 the pressure on the disc, which helps to pull some of the disc material back inward. The return of that disc material to its natural state alleviates the pain and rehydrates the injured disc.

The DRX9000 can be used to treat cervical and/or lumbar disc 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 tracked the results of patients receiving its spinal decompression therapy for more than a decade, and the findings are remarkable.

“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 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 John.

Phenomenal Results

John has been visiting DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression for about two years, and the fact that he’s back out on his boat, working out and riding his Harley regularly is proof of how well spinal decompression works.

“During Bike Week, we had our little event here in DeLand, and my fiancée and I rode downtown for the first time in a long time, and my back didn’t bother me at all when I got home,” John confirms.

“It’s really given me a lot of relief. It’s kind of given me my life back.” – John

“I’m into tournament fishing again for the first time in a long time. In fact, my partner and I won first place in the first tournament we entered a while back, so that was a nice welcome back for me.

“I also took my son out for some offshore fishing recently, and it was a little bumpy that day, but I did just fine. My back didn’t bother me at all like it had in years past, and that’s how I know that the spinal decompression is working.

“It’s really given me a lot of relief. It’s given me my life back. That’s why I only have good things to say about spinal decompression and the whole staff at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression.

“Everybody there is professional, and they treat you like family. They don’t treat you like you’re a number and just get you in and out and say, See you next week. They’re very thorough, and they really care about your well-being.

“Everybody there is genuinely concerned about you. They want to know how you’re feeling, and they want you to get better. They have a genuine care for your health concerns and that’s why I’d recommend them to anyone suffering with back pain.”

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