We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for 8 years now. During this time we have performed over 20,000 decompression treatments to thousands of patients. We were the first to offer the DRX9000 in San Francisco.
The protocol for the DRX9000 is 20 sessions. The recommended treatment is 5x for 2 weeks, 3x for 2 weeks, and 2x for 2 weeks. When they conduct research this is what they do.
In reality, not all herniated or bulging disc patients can adhere to this treatment protocol due to family, work or school schedules. And honestly, sometimes we think the treatment might be too much for someone to handle. So…we treat each patient on an individual basis, sometime starting at only 2-3 times per week.
How do we know the 20 spinal decompression sessions will be enough?
We don’t…sometimes it takes more…but it rarely takes less. Sure, if you are a young adult (under 25 years old) and have a single level disc herniation, say at L5-S1, and an otherwise healthy spine, we may recommend 15 sessions. Other than this scenario, we usually do 20-26 sessions.
In our experience it’s best to complete the program…even if you are feeling better after say 10 sessions. It’s kind of like when you take antibiotics…you feel better before the problem is fixed.
We often have patients that want to only do 10 sessions to see how they feel…but honestly…even if you are not feeling results, it does not mean the decompression therapy is not working. Some of our most dramatic results have happened at the end of treatment…in the last 5 sessions…and the results have lasted years.
And you should never stop after 10 sessions if you are feeling better…because you may risk a relapse.
What we recommend is deciding before you start that you are going to complete the program. Sure, we can split your payments up to make them more affordable…but don’t jeopardize your potential outcome by doing too little…that just does not make sense.
We will do it if you want…but we recommend you “stay the course”. Because if you do the results will be more permanent. And we have the experience to know. We have seen patients that have done partial treatment get partial results. We we want this to be life changing and long lasting…and so should you!
To schedule an appointment with a spinal decompression doctor in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.