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Spinal Disc Clinic

Spinal Disc Clinic

Specialist Spinal Disc Treatment for: “Slipped”, Bulging, Prolapsed or Herniated Disc problems.

Who can benefit?

Most chronic low back and neck pain conditions can benefit especially when traditional manual therapy and exercise alone are not enough to resolve the condition

Many acute spinal conditions are also appropriate

What does it do?

IDD Therapy uses mechanical distraction of targeted spinal segments to create negative pressure within the discs. This helps to restore normal mechanical properties of discs and adjacent soft tissues helping them to be comfortable with stretching and bending movements again.

This spinal decompression can decrease disc bulges and prolapses which, along with other factors, can sometimes contribute to spinal pain.

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IDD Therapy can provide a window of opportunity where patients have reduced pain and are able to start moving normally and participate in active exercise programmes that have proven long term results.

Why choose IDD Therapy?

Unfortunately, once patients have tried a particular treatment that has not worked, their future expectations tend to predict a poor outcome when the same thing is tried again.  Many patients with chronic back pain are looking for something different to the traditional approaches offered in most clinics.

IDD Therapy is a different kind of spinal manipulation that can, and does, help thousands of patients with chronic spinal pain and sciatica every year where other types of manipulation have failed.

Chronic Pain

Around 20% of the adult population in the UK has chronic pain.  Most of this is spinal pain.

Chronic pain is pain that continues even though an injury has healed or where there is no obvious sign of injury or tissue damage.  Unfortunately, it often fails to respond to the usual treatment options including physiotherapy, osteopathy, spinal injections and surgery.

IDD Therapy & Pain Management Programmes

Importantly, IDD Therapy should be viewed as one part of an overall physiotherapy treatment programme.  In the same way, physiotherapy should also be viewed as part of the overall pain management programme vital for full, comprehensive and lasting rehabilitation of chronic pain conditions.

The highest quality research consistently shows that the most effective way to treat pain is with a multidisciplinary team usually involving Physiotherapists, Specialist Pain Management Doctors and Health Psychologists.  We call this a biopsychosocial approach to pain management.

We know that pain is not just to do with tissue quality, especially as it becomes more chronic.  In fact, many people with disc degeneration and even bulging discs do not experience pain.  We now understand that pain is as much to do with psychological and social and environmental factors as it is to do with tissues that might have once been inflamed or damaged or simply tissue that is getting older.

Looking at pain from this broader perspective and considering all the things that can influence pain, usually results in far better treatment outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a treatment?

Each IDD treatment lasts for up to 45 minutes.  Sessions often begin with 5-10 minutes of heat therapy to help relax the muscles around the spine.  You then have IDD Therapy which lasts for 25 minutes on the SPINA machine.  You should remain comfortable throughout.

How much is treatment?

Each session lasts for 45 minutes and is billed at £75 per session which is in line with standard treatment charges.

How many treatments will I need?

This is an important question and one which the team will discuss with you. It really does depend on the duration and severity of your condition.  People with mild back pain may experience symptomatic relief within a few sessions but, for long term problems, most patients will need a course of treatment.

A typical course will be 10 sessions over a 4 to 5 week period.  For patients with serious spine issues who are facing surgery, the original protocol is based around an intensive course of 20 treatments.

Why do I need a course of treatments?

When patients have back pain or neck pain for some time, spinal segments become stiff and immobile.

The discs in the spine rely on movement for their hydration and nutrition.  To undo the compression and immobility of an injured disc, IDD Therapy uses computer-controlled pulling forces to open the spinal segment and then mobilise it.  To do this we have to use comparatively higher forces than can be achieved with manual therapy and we need to progressively increase the pulling forces to achieve the goals.

So rather like exercising requires more than one session for the body to adapt and become fitter/stronger, addressing the causes of back pain means the body has to gently adapt to treatment.

This simply cannot be achieved overnight or in just a couple of sessions, hence the requirement to have a course of treatment.

We would all like a simple solution but the reality is, chronic back pain takes time.

Should I bring an MRI?

If you have an MRI, bring one with you.  The MRI helps us to confirm the spinal level we wish to treat and also the nature of the disc problem.  That will help us get a picture of the protocol which will give us the best chance for success

If you don’t have an MRI, we can discuss this with you and arrange one where appropriate

Do I need to get undressed?

No, you remain fully clothed throughout. You can wear normal clothes, so long as they are comfortable.

Ladies should wear trousers, leggings or loose fitting tracksuit.

Is IDD Therapy painful?

No. The treatment is intended to be comfortable. Whilst considerable pulling forces are used, they are delivered in a way that the body is comfortable; much better than the traction machines of old. Many patients go to sleep because the treatment is relaxing.  A by-product of treatment is the release of endorphins so treatment feels good.

What about exercise?

We will guide you on which exercises are suitable.  Initially we don’t want you to exercise because the body is getting used to the treatment, then there are some simple exercises. Nothing too strenuous and we don’t just send you on your way with a sheet of exercises

Will a spinal injection help my pain?

Spinal injections are given to help settle inflammation which is a cause of pain. They are intended to create a window for rehabilitation but rarely have a real lasting effect on their own.  An injection is not intended to address the problems of compression of discs or stiffness in the spine.  Spinal injections are not a long term solution for most patients.

I have had surgery, can I still have IDD Therapy?

Patients who have had surgery can opt for IDD Therapy. The two criteria are that the surgery was carried out 6 months ago and that there are no implants in the spine. Talk to the team if you would like to discuss your spinal history.

How may treatments have been carried out in the UK?

In the past 6 years over 40,000 treatments have been carried out in the UK alone and IDD Therapy is the first choice non-invasive disc treatment when manual therapy is not working, in areas where it is available. There are over 1,000 clinics internationally providing IDD Therapy, including surgeons, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors.

Want to know more?

Make an appointment to see us. We will assess your condition and give you a good understanding of whether IDD Therapy is suitable for you.

To book an appointment call us on 020 7702 1112

IDD Therapy treatment is one treatment tool we use and as part of your assessment we will advise you on the most applicable treatment for your individual needs.

We look forward to seeing you.

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