Frequently Asked Questions
*Why is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression at Roseville Back Center (RBC) better for me than other surgical options or epidurals? At RBC, we use technologically advanced, non-surgical procedures to treat spinal conditions with no blood loss, no scarring, no scar tissue, no prescribed pain injections and we do not use anything to cause any potential problems such as hardware.
*What are the risks of your Non-surgical Decompression procedures? There are no risks for neck or back procedures. Our procedures are non-surgical and require no small incisions, there is no general anesthesia used which can be high risk in some patients and there is no risk of infection associated with non-surgical spinal decompression.
*I have spinal stenosis or foraminal stenosis, can I be helped? Yes, our procedures work well for these conditions. RBC can remove impingements to the spinal or forminal canal and remove pressure from the nerve, thereby relieving the pain and symptoms.
*How many SD treatments will I require to solve my back or neck pain? Back and neck pain is very individualized so treatment length is dependent upon the severity of each case. During the initial evaluation, it will be determined how many levels of damage you have that are causing symptoms. In most cases, problems are found at multiple levels, but only one or two of them may be causing symptoms. The majority of patients treat for 8-10 weeks.
*Can you help me if I have had failed back surgery? Yes, we typically can—in fact, a large number of our patients have had failed back or neck surgery in the past or have complications due to surgery. Dr. Putman can correct most of these spinal conditions and patients frequently report they wish they did SD before ever doing surgery!
*What do I have to do to find out if I am a candidate for Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression? After you have completed the first step of your initial consult and exam, Dr. Putman will review your MRI or CAT Scan and correlate them with your consult and exam findings to determine if you are a candidate for the non-surgical decompression procedure. If you are interested in a Complimentary Consultation, simply call our office and ask to meet with Dr. Putman immediately.
*What are my limitations after SD Treatments and how long will I be out of work? Dr. Putman recommends that a patient returns to normal activities gradually to allow maximum healing. Patients that have desk jobs can normally return to work without restrictions. Patients with physically strenuous jobs, should wait two weeks depending on their job. Our goal is to return you to your normal actvities as soon as possible.
*Why don’t more Docotors use this type of procedure? This is a sophisticated procedure and it takes many hours of learning and training. Dr. Putman is on the cutting edge of advanced spinal procedures and non-surgical spinal decompression technology. Dr. Putman sees this changing in the future as this will become the standard of practice for non-surgical intervention of spinal conditions throughout the world.
*Is this procedure considered experimental? No. This is a FDA cleared procedure and has been performed by certified doctors for a decade with an incredible success rate. Currently, John Hopkins, UCSF and Georgetown Medical Schools are continuing to release research artilces on the effectiveness of the DRX9000.
*Is my bulging disc or herniation going to be removed? No. In most cases we are able to open or widen the disc spaces to alleviate the pressure on the nerves without removing the disc. We now have Pre/Post MRI’s showing a reduction in bulging/herniated disc after treatment.
*What are the costs of non-surgical spinal decompression procedures? Each case is different depending on the numbers of levels involved and the extent of treatment required. Upon acceptance of your case, we will verify your level of coverage for your individual benefit to clarify what your maximum responsibility will be.
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