Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression FAQ's

  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, and it is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States.
  • Low back pain is the second most frequent reason for visits to the physician.
  • Bed rest
  • Medication
  • Cortisone injections (see next section)
  • Ablation (nerve burning)
  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture
  • Traction
  • Surgery

Cortisone shots are injections that can help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. They’re most commonly injected into joints — such as your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine or wrist.

It is thought that cortisone shots might be most effective in treating inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

They can also be used to mask pain for the following conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendinitis


Although pain may be diminished, there are many un-healthy risks and potential side effects of cortisone shots, which increase with larger doses and repeated use.

Side effects can include:

  • Cartilage damage
  • Death of nearby bone
  • Joint infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Temporary facial flushing
  • Temporary flare of pain and inflammation in the joint
  • Temporary increase in blood sugar
  • Tendon weakening or rupture
  • Thinning of nearby bone (osteoporosis)
  • Thinning of skin and soft tissue around the injection site
  • Whitening or lightening of the skin around the injection site

  • Discs that are herniated, bulged and/or protruded
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Facet Arthrosis

According to one published study, the rate of success of spinal surgery is:

1st Surgery-50%

2nd Surgery-30%

3rd Surgery-15%

4th Surgery-5%

  • Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD) utilizing the DRX-9000 table involves the patient wearing a harness and lying face up on the table. The patient is positioned so that the harness is connected to the tower. The specific injured spinal level is entered into the computer along with the weight of the patient and the amount of pull in pounds to be applied to the affected spinal level. The treatment time is approximately 25 minutes. During the treatment time, the computer algorithm will cycle 18 times.
  • NSSD creates a negative vacuum pressure that causes water, oxygen, and nutrients to come into the disc. This reverses a herniated, bulging, or protruding disc that is causing pain down the arms and hands or sciatic pain into the leg and foot.

The treatment is painless, and the patient usually falls asleep on the table and wakes up feeling better. It is possible to be sore like you would from a workout, but it is not common. If you feel sore for more than a day, the doctor will decrease the weight of the pull on your next visit.


  • Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression isolates your injured disc while traction can stretch the spine.
  • Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression logarithmic curve computer helps you to relax your stomach muscles, so you do not guard your back. This allows the build up of negative pressure at the injured spinal level.
  • We often see people get injured from doing inversion therapy (traction).

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a much better choice over pills, steroid injections (cortisone) or even natural biologics. It is:

  • non-invasive
  • FDA 510 Cleared
  • Less than a 30-minute treatment
  • you will have no down time
  • it is affordable for most
  • no risk of infect

Depending on the situation and severity, you could undergo between 20-30 treatments.

The treatment takes about 25 minutes.

9 out of 10 people feel significant pain relief and an increase in function in approximately 1-2 weeks following their first treatment.

The cost of our programs can range from $2,500-$8,000. You may qualify for 1 or more different treatments that will be included in your treatment protocol.

Once your treatment plan is completed a maintenance schedule will be recommended.

Medicare won’t cover non-surgical spinal decompression, and commercial insurance companies like United Healthcare, Cigna, BCBS, etc. follow what Medicare approves. The cost of care is the patient’s responsibility.



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2 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet,” July 2003

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4Dublin, Sept. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Spine Surgery – Global Trends & Opportunities” report has been added to’s offering.

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