Works For Me

Drug-free, nonsurgical therapy gets rid of back pain.

You won’t find too many people who list their job as their favorite hobby, but Carolyn Finch does. Though she officially retired at the age of 62, Carolyn continues to work because she absolutely loves the work she does.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Carolyn gives DeLand Chiropractic two thumbs up now that she can ride her bike again.

“I’m fortunate that I don’t have to work for the money anymore,” says Carolyn, 77. “I do it more for the challenge now and because I really do love to work. I especially like administrative work. That’s what I’ve always seemed to gravitate to.”

Carolyn first felt that gravitational pull when she was 21. With her husband in the Army, she took a job with the Department of the Army at the base in Georgia where her husband was stationed.

She later worked for the Department of the Navy at an Orlando Naval base doing the same administrative duties she did for the Army. Soon after “retiring,” Carolyn returned to work, and she’s continued to work ever since.

“Right now, I work part time as a receptionist at an assisted living facility,” Carolyn says. “I’ve also worked as a receptionist at a nursing home and in retail. I was a hostess at a restaurant for a while and I once worked at a consignment store.”

For years, Carolyn has carried out her duties at these various jobs while fighting aggravating back pain. Thinking her pain was likely a result of arthritis, she didn’t seek treatment until it recently became severe.

“I reached a point where I knew that if I did something like go for a bike ride or go to the gym for a workout, I would probably have a lot of discomfort afterward,” Carolyn says. “Even something like vacuuming around the house would cause me pain afterward.

“I was fortunate that I was already visiting a chiropractic office for help with my weight. So one day while I was there, I mentioned that my back was always bothering me, and Dr. Munson said, Well, let’s see what we can do for you.”

Michael Munson, DC, of DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression, met Carolyn after she began participating in the Ideal Protein® weight-loss program the practice sponsors.

After hearing of Carolyn’s complaint regarding her back, Dr. Munson ordered x-rays that revealed arthritis and disc herniation, which he treated through occasional chiropractic adjustments.

“Our agreement was that he would do the adjustments as I needed them,” Carolyn explains. “And we did that for about three years, but the pain always persisted. I’d be okay for a couple of weeks, then it would come back. Then it started to get worse.

“Finally, a few months ago, Dr. Munson said, You know, we’ve been doing this for a while now and I would really like to see why this pain is persistent, so would you mind if we got an MRI to see what is really going on in there?

“I said sure. So we did the MRI, and it showed that my discs were starting to slip and were pinching a nerve that was impacting the spinal cord. That’s what was causing persistent pain, so Dr. Munson offered me options. He told me we can continue with the adjustments, we can give you epidural steroid injections or we can try spinal decompression. Since I tend to lean more toward the conservative side, I said, let’s try the spinal decompression.DRX9000 photo courtesy of Excite Medical

Time to Decompress

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.

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

A typical 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 pressure on the disc, which helps retract some of the disc material to its natural position, alleviating the pain and rehydrating the injured disc.

The DRX9000 can be used to treat cervical and/or lumbar 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.

“The treatment is exceptional, the doctors are tremendous, and the staff is wonderful.” – Carolyn

“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 normally 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 worked wonders for Carolyn.

Phenomenal Results

When she first began her spinal decompression protocol, Carolyn rated her pain as a consistent seven or eight on a scale of one to 10. It’s now one or two on most days, and she attributes that discomfort to arthritis.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Carolyn Finch

“Dr. Munson told me the pain or achiness from the arthritis would still be there,” she says. “Spinal decompression doesn’t take that away. But he also said I would notice a significant difference from the treatments, and he was right.

“I’ve seen a tremendous improvement, not just in my pain level but in my mobility. Now I’m working with a physical therapist to make sure it stays that way. I don’t want to lose what I’ve gained through this process.”

Carolyn has resumed some activities she was forced to abandon. The former marathoner is no longer running for miles and miles, but she can walk, bike or work out at the gym.

“That’s why I’m so thankful I was given the opportunity to try spinal decompression,” she says. “It really has made a difference in my life. I even told Dr. Gordon that. I stopped him one day and told him how thankful I was for all that his staff has done for me.

“And it really is a great staff that he has there. Whenever I call over there, I get a friendly voice, and everyone is very accommodating. They all go out of their way to help you and make you feel comfortable, and they’re very patient.

“Working with the spinal decompression can be tricky because there are adjustments they have to make for every person that uses it, but they always make sure you’re comfortable and getting the most you can out of it.

“I absolutely recommend them to anyone. The treatment is exceptional, the doctors are tremendous, and the staff is wonderful, and I really appreciate that.”

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