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The most frequently asked questions about non-surgical back pain treatment

Seminars on drug-free non-surgical back pain relief called “Fix My jacked-Up Back” were held every Friday in March 2011. The seminar was hosted by Dr. John Thomas, DC at his private practice, Allied Healthcare Clinics in Fayetteville, Georgia. A diverse audience attended the seminars, including local seniors, young professionals, and dedicated athletes. All of whom were suffering with back pain.

Dr. John Thomas, also known as The Running Doctor, found that seminar attendees were concerned with many of the same issues. He noted eleven most frequently asked questions. These are the questions with answers by Dr. John Thomas.

What is The Accu-SPINA System and IDD Therapy?

The Accu-SPINA System is delivers a treatment called IDD Therapy (Intervertebral Differential Dynamics). IDD Therapy is the most advanced non-invasive, non-surgical treatment for low back and neck conditions. It is a mechanized pain reduction and targeted healing system that has, been shown to be 86 percent successful in reduction of disc herniation after many years of research.

How Does The Accu-SPINA Machine Work?

The combination of angle of pull and an air bladder allow treatment of specific areas. IDD Therapy creates negative pressure between the discs, decreases herniation and heals the damaged area. The system performs alternating decompression followed by a period of partial relaxation.

How Does IDD Therapy Compare To Other Methods?

Recent studies comparing Accu-SPINA to standard physical therapy including traction, exercise, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage, and heat and ice found Accu-SPINA decompression to be twice as effective in perceived pain reduction, debilitating pain reduction, cumulative strength index and overall outcome.

Does Insurance cover Accu-SPINA IDD Treatment?

Many insurance providers will not pay for any spinal decompression treatment. However, much major insurance companies will cover at least a portion of chiropractic treatment.

Is IDD Treatment on the Accu-SPINASafe?

The Accu-SPINA has been FDA approved since 2000. The Accu-SPINA received two FDA approvals as a Class II Medical Device with 510(k) listing: One is for providing decompression to the lumbar spine or lower back. The other is for providing decompression to the cervical spine or neck. The Accu-SPINA is FDA approved to provide treatment for relief from pain and disability for patients with Chronic Back and Neck Pain caused by Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated Discs, Bulging Discs, Slipped Discs, and Sciatica.

Will the Accu-SPINA System Work for Me?

A complete evaluation from a qualified professional is the only way you will know for sure. Eighty-to-ninety percent of patients who have been evaluated and then qualify for the treatment and comply with the entire Accu-SPINA protocol will have good-to-excellent outcomes. Conditions that do not respond quickly to the therapy are often unable to be helped by any treatment quickly.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for IDD Accu-SPINA Treatment?

Patients with low back pain or neck pain who have had no success with conventional therapy. Patients considering surgery that are at least 18 years of age are good candidates. Also, people with the following conditions have the greatest potential of achieving positive outcomes in the treatment of their back and neck pain: Herniated or Bulging Discs, Nerve Compression, Lumbar or Cervical Disorders, Low Back or Neck Strains, Sciatic Neuralgia (Sciatica), Injury of the Lumbar or Cervical Nerve Root, Degenerative Discs, Spinal Arthritis, Low Back Pain with or without Sciatica, Degenerative Joint Disease, Facet Syndrome, Myofasciitis Syndrome, Disuse Atrophy, Lumbar Instability, Acute Low Back Pain, and Post-Surgical Low Back Pain.

What are the Expected Results from IDD Treatment?

Usually patients are scheduled for 20 treatments over 4 to 6-weeks. Typical patients often feel relief as early as the first 5 to 8 treatments. However, for proper healing it is essential to finish the entire protocol. Pre and post treatment MRIs have shown 50% reduction in the size and extent of disc herniations after completing treatment. Clinical studies confirm that 86% of patients with disc problems reported relief with Accu-SPINA treatment.

What is the best way to schedule IDD Treatment?

Each treatment builds on the progress made at the previous session. In order to build on progress made, commit to treatments at 1 to 3 days apart. Treatments one day apart are best for optimal results.

How Much Time Does IDD Treatment Require?

Each treatment lasts about 60 minutes in duration. Treatment consists of interferential current with moist heat for the first 15 minutes; 25 minutes on the Accu-SPINA System, concluding with cryotherapy or cold pack application.

How Can IDD Patients Speed Their Recovery?

Remaining positive is an important aspect of healing. Patients are asked to complete treatment by complying with the entire Accu-SPINA protocol. This includes a minimum of 20 sessions, customized exercise program and minimizing activities that worsen their pain. Patients can also benefit from weight loss, nutrition and other lifestyle changes.

About Dr. John Thomas, “The Running Doctor”

As founder of his private South Atlanta practice, Allied Healthcare Clinics, The Running Doctor, Dr. Thomas has helped thousands of patients get fast and effective relief from sports and personal injuries without the use of drugs or surgery. He treats manner of back pain and specializes healing in sports and personal injuries without drugs or surgery. His method includes biomechanical analysis, hot/cold packs, ultrasound therapy, electrical stimulus, physical therapy exercises, and the Accu-Spina with IDD Therapy. He also teaches methods of eliminating harmful toxins from the body for the prevention of disease.

Call Allied Healthcare Clinics at 770-460-1911 to schedule an appointment with Dr. John Thomas. Visit www. to see video testimonials from real patients and read free educational articles with health tips from Dr. Thomas online at and Allied Healthcare Clinics is located at 170 Bastille Way, Suite A in Fayetteville, Georgia.


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