Spinal Decompression

Lakewood Family Medicine features the an advanced form of spinal decompression therapy featuring the Lordex national treatment protocols which were developed in hundreds of clinics nationwide. Lakewood Family Medicine Decompression Therapy is a leader in low back therapy. We have gone the extra step and combined Spinal Decompression Therapy with Lordex spinal-specific exercises, and low back stabilization exercises. These protocols and therapies are combined together to assure that you are receiving the best spinal decompression services, and at the same time affording your lower back the best opportunity for pain-free stabilization.


Question & Answers


Q: What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
A: This treatment is provided by an advanced computer controlled machine to your low back and hips somewhat similar to an advanced traction unit. Unlike spinal traction, decompression therapy is designed to isolate and focus primarily on the problem disc.


Q: What kind of a patient qualifies for Spinal Decompression Therapy?
A: We focus the Spinal Decompression Therapy toward those patients with really bad low back pain and conditions like:

  • Bulging or ruptured intervertebral discs
  • Leg and sciatic pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Severely degenerated joints
  • Severe, lasting, low back spasms


Q: Does Insurance cover Spinal Decompression Therapy?
A: Some insurance companies do cover treatments and some do not. Most consider Spinal Decompression experimental and so they are taking a long, slow look at it. Even so, the results of decompression therapy speak for themselves and our patients are experiencing very good results on some very difficult and painful cases.


Q: Are articles available in scientific and medical journals reviewing scientific studies of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
A: Indeed, there are. Studies have shown an 86% positive outcome for severe low back pain. In the summer of 2006, Lordex Spinal Institute reported its findings at 91.7% success.


The Lordex protocol is what Dr. Young uses in his office. This protocol combines spinal specific exercises to help build stability and long term results in the spine.
Dr. Young’s results are even more impressive than the national average, probably due to his very dedicated and caring staff and technicians.


Q: How does Spinal Decompression Therapy work?
A: By increasing the circulation directly to the affected disc, we are able to increase the oxygen levels and nutrition in the disc. Decompression therapy also helps to pump out the metabolic waste products and lactic acid which degenerate the disc causing it to break down. When a patient has disc disease, the disc congests and breaks down. The support muscles tighten, further restricting the disc circulation as well as their own. The muscles and disc then weaken and harden into fibrous tissue leading to chronic pain and stiffness.


Q: I have been told that surgery is my last resort. How does Spinal Decompression compare to surgery?
A: With Spinal Decompression Therapy Dr. Young estimates that over 90% of low back surgeries can be avoided. Recently, in Canada, spinal surgery in most cases is not considered unless the patient has gone through Spinal Decompression Therapy first.


The results of spinal surgery are very poor compared to Spinal Decompression Therapy:


  • Surgery has a 35% success rate while S.D.T. is over 91 %.
  • Surgery makes nearly 40% of the patients worse to some degree. There are no documented cases of Spinal Decompression Therapy making a patent worse.
  • Surgery is expensive, and not a guaranteed fix. Surgery costs over $40,000. If your insurance pays 80%, that still leaves $8,000 for you to pay out of your pocket for a surgery that could make you worse!


Q: How can I get free Information to study more about Spinal Decompression Therapy?
A: That is easy. Look us up on our web-site or schedule a regular office visit. We have an excellent presentation and examination. This will determine if you are a candidate for this outstanding therapy.


Q: How does my spine stabilize while I am going through the decompression procedure?
A: This is where we are totally unique in the decompression marketplace. The Lordex system includes a low back, specifically designed, stabilization exerciser. This exerciser builds strength and stability into your spine as it specifically targets the weakened, fibrosed supporting muscles of your spine.