Spinal Decompression Therapy FAQ


Won't my back pain just go away?

One of the myths of back pain is that it will resolve on its own. In the past, medical doctors were convinced of this. In the olden days, bed rest and pain medication was the typical treatment recommendation. A recent study followed the course back pain patients for one year and found that 75% of the patients still had back pain after one year.

What is Mission Valley Rehabilitation Center’s spinal rehabilitation program?

Mission Valley Rehab Center has developed a program to handle the most difficult and serious back conditions related to the lumbar spine. Dr. Kelvin Mountain has incorporated 12 years of experience treating conditions related to the spine with a relatively new technology called non-surgical spinal decompression. Non-surgical spinal decompression has shown an unbelievable success rate in relieving lower back pain. This FDA cleared technology has shown to be very effective with severe, acute and chronic conditions, even when other common treatments have failed.

What kinds of conditions are appropriate for non-surgical spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression was created by a team of scientists to address conditions that are related to the intervertebral disc. Conditions, such as, herniated disc (slipped disc), protruding disc (single and multiple), degenerative disc disease, and sciatic or leg pain and numbness can be treated successfully with the application spinal decompression.

How does non-surgical spinal decompression work?

Spinal decompression works by decreasing the intradiscal pressure within a disc. By gently distracting the spine a vacuum is created and the herniated material is sucked back into the disc, allowing it to heal correctly. Research as shown that pressure within a disc can be reduced to a –150 mm hg. By reducing the size of a herniation, pressure can be taken off painful structure and, in turn, decrease muscle spasm and soreness while promoting better spinal function. Case studies have shown reduction in the size of the herniation in pre and post MRI’s.

If I have suffered a herniated disc, a protruding disc, or degenerative disc disease, what are my treatment options?

As recently as a couple of years ago treatment options in California were limited. Spinal injections, physical therapy, chiropractic, acupressure, and the dreaded surgery were the most common treatments in the past. With conservative treatment options the primary goal was to reduce inflammation and improve function. Success, at times, was limited and ,unfortunately, frequently led to surgery. Surgery in some cases is absolutely necessary and considered a medical emergency.

Non-surgical spinal decompression is a relatively new therapy that is a wonderful option for patients. It is non-evasive and does not involve surgery. Furthermore, patients report that it is very comfortable and many actually catch up on sleep during the DRX 9000 treatment. For many people back pain makes sleeping in their own bed difficult and some patients find treatment on the DRX 9000 is a way to finally relax.

Should I consider surgery?

There are conditions that surgery is absolutely necessary and considered a medical emergency. If a patient is suffering a loss of bowel or blatter function or loss of strength in the legs and numbness around the buttock, an evaluation with their primary doctor is critical to determine how serious the problem is and if surgery is the only answer. In cases were surgery must be immediate, having surgery is as good as a miracle.

Before considering surgery make sure that it is necessary! Consider these facts:

Back surgery is performed at a rate 40 % higher in United States than in eleven other developed countries and at five times the rate performed in England and Scotland.
A term has developed in medical literature called “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Failed back surgery syndrome is not a single disease but a collection of conditions that emerge after any number of surgeries or other treatments. Pain may be related to cut or damaged nerves, or may result from scarring on nerves emanating from the spinal cord. The pain may have disrupted the usual way muscles are positioned or function and may produce random muscle pain, known as myofascial pain.
A variety of things can go wrong with back surgery, either due to the surgery or from the healing that follows. Back pain following surgery may be related to scaring formation from the natural healing process, pain may be due a loss of range of motion or functional loss due to changes in the back's configuration. This is why no surgeon can give an ironclad guarantee of long-term success.

Will my insurance cover the cost?

Non-surgical spinal decompression at this time is still a relatively new therapy and there is no insurance code. In order to be able to bill insurance a code is necessary. Billing medicare or insurance for spinal decompression is illegal and considered insurance fraud.

Mission Valley Rehabilitation Center accepts most health insurances. Depending on the type of coverage, your insurance may pay for other aspects of the recommended treatment plan.. The office staff at MVRC will be happy to check benefits for you and review what your insurance covers.

How much does Spinal Decompression Therapy cost?

Cost of spinal decompression varies based on how many treatments are recommended. Because we do not want to mislead people, cost of treatment should be addressed after a thorough evaluation and a treatment recommendation has been made. Our goal is to make spinal decompression affordable for all people so different payment plans and options are available.