Stephan Giuffrida, DC
New technology helps avoid spinal surgery
Updated: Apr 30, 2018
Unfortunately, many patients become aware of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome only after they have undergone the extremely invasive procedure. Oftentimes, the pain and dysfunction a patient is seeking to eradicate through surgery later returns, or is deferred to a different level of their spine. Further surgical interventions can make matters worse, leaving patients with a lifelong debilitation. This is why it is important to raise awareness of some new non-surgical options for patients who suffer with neck and back problems.
Last year, my research in this field of medicine led me to purchase a relatively new piece of technology that is helping doctors around the world improve their chiropractic treatment outcomes— it is called the Hill DT spinal decompression table, which offers a customizable, gentler approach to treating disc bulges and herniations, while assisting the body’s natural healing process.
As with any treatment we provide, we seek to treat the cause of the pain, not the symptoms. We begin by discussing a patient’s history and performing a detailed physical examination. We review X-Ray and MRI images and also physically palpate the areas of pain and discomfort.
Treatments usually begin by preconditioning the area with laser, infra-red, electric stimulation, hot packs or ultrasound. This allows for a better manual adjustment to correct mechanical and structural dysfunction.
The decompression table allows us to take our treatments a step further. It begins with the patient being placed in a supine position on the table where seven sensors are applied in order to continually monitor the patient and ensure proper treatment throughout the procedure. Treatment is administered through gentle, repetitive movements, lengthening or releasing pressure within the invertebral discs and surrounding tissues, causing bulges or herniations to be pulled back into the disc. The disc is naturally rehydrated in a way that is impossible to replicate with traditional manual adjustments.
We have found that patients typically experience significant improvement within 20-25 treatments and recent studies suggest that continued improvement can be seen up to four years after the decompression treatment protocol is completed.
Through this advanced protocol, along with traditional chiropractic care, I have been able to help many patients avoid invasive neck and back surgery after they were diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Facet Syndrome, as well as disc bulges and herniations and chronic neck and back pain.
It is important to note that there is no “one size fits all” formula when it comes to chiropractic treatment, however, in many cases we are able to stave off surgery and most importantly vastly improve a patient’s quality of life.
For more information on Eastchester Spine and Joint Group, visit www.spineandjointgroup.com or call 914-779-5800.