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People suffering from back pain often find that they have few good options. Often, they medicate the symptoms but never treat the problem, or they are faced with the frightening alternative of back surgery. Luckily, Dr. Ken Cook at Chiropractic Works in Athens, Georgia, knows that non-surgical spinal decompression is often the answer for people who are suffering from sciatica, facet syndrome, bulging or herniated discs, or even some cases of degenerative arthritis.

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“Non-surgical spinal decompression is a much more conservative approach to correctively addressing serious back conditions,” Dr. Cook explains. “The typical medical approach for most of the cases I see involves either oral medications to manage symptoms or epidural injections to temporarily affect the symptoms. Neither are corrective in effort and do nothing to try to improve the health of the joint, and finally, of course, surgery is a last resort, and it is not always successful.

Spinal decompression is not the same thing as traction, though in some ways it looks like traction, Dr. Cook says. According to Dr. Cook, spinal decompression involves a higher level of technology than traditional traction that involves a series of stretching and relaxation cycles to relieve patients suffering from lower back pain and leg pain due to herniated discs, bulging discs, sciatica, and facet syndrome.

Through a slow, methodical non-surgical spinal decompression process utilizing the DRX 9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System, Dr. Cook is able to relieve the stress on the joints in the spine and allow nutrition to reach the disc nucleus.

The DRX 9000 also allows Dr. Cook, in most cases, to target specific joints in the spine, thus directly impacting the issues causing pain for the patient. “It’s just a better technology,” Dr. Cook says. “Traction can be effective in some cases, but most often in an acute disc situation or a raging sciatic pain or a bulging or herniated disc situation, non-surgical spinal decompression is simply the better alternative to treat the cause of the pain,” Dr. Cook said.

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The DRX 9000 also allows Dr. Cook, in most cases, to target specific joints in the spine, thus directly impacting the issues causing pain for the patient. “It’s just a better technology,” Dr. Cook says. “Traction can be effective in some cases, but most often in an acute disc situation or a raging sciatic pain or a bulging or herniated disc situation, non-surgical spinal decompression is simply the better alternative to treat the cause of the pain,” Dr. Cook said.

Dr. Cook acknowledges that not every person is a candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression for back pain treatment, and it will not solve every issue. “Some factors can preclude people from being a good candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression,” Dr. Cook says. “That’s why we do a thorough work-up process – a real A-to- Z workup – before I will recommend this for any patient. And there may be some that the chances of a successful treatment will not be that good, and in those situations I just have to be honest with them and have a frank conversation about whether or not this is the best plan moving forward. A lot of times, though, people will want to try everything they can before they go under the knife, and I have seen it work even in situations where I did not know whether or not it would.”

“The DRX 9000 is a tool, and I believe it is important for me to use this tool with integrity and not just throw everybody on it just because I have it.”

Dr. Cook says people with osteoporosis or people with fractures in the ring of the vertebrae would not be candidates for the non-surgical spinal decompression. For some of his patients, Dr. Cook recommends a weight loss plan prior to non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. In some cases, patients who experience extreme claustrophobia may be unable to tolerate the machine.

For those patients whose back pain can be treated with non-surgical spinal decompression, the treatment protocols at Chiropractic Works can make life-altering differences.

We encourage people who are suffering from back pain to contact our office for an evaluation. The evaluation appointment is $125, and depending on how much treatment you need, the cost can be between $200 – $300 per week. During the evaluation, we can determine if we think your issue can be treated through spinal decompression. If you need lower back pain treatment or any other back pain help, please contact us online today.

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Sonja Brady discovered from an MRI that her sciatic pain was being caused by a bulging disc. The pain was not yet debilitating.

“On a scale of one to ten, I would say my pain level was probably at a four,” Brady recalled. “I decided that I could not wait to do something about it until I was in a surgery situation. Dr. Cook recommended non-surgical spinal decompression. Now my pain is at a zero.”

Brady said she went for 18 treatments in a row and now she visits Dr. Cook once a month.

“His entire staff is great. I can say he really cares about his patients and wants to help all of them as much as he possibly can.”

Ken Sherman, a 64-year- old retired high school principal, said non-surgical spinal decompression – combined with regular exercise and a healthy diet – has allowed him to continue to return to an active lifestyle.

“I was an active athlete for much of my life,” Sherman said. “I slacked off and gained a lot of weight, but I am now doing more than I have ever done.”

Sherman said he has a protruding disc, and while it causes him “a fair degree of foot numbness” he is still able to bike 7,000 miles a year.

“I am able to perform at a level that lots of folks even much younger than I cannot, and I do it without pain,” Sherman said. “Dr. Cook has provided amazing, life-altering support for me.”

In October of last year, Cindy Young was injured.

“I had no idea what was wrong with me,” she recalled. “I discovered that I had two pinched nerves. I was at a point where I couldn’t even hardly walk or dress myself or do anything. I couldn’t even sleep at night I was in so much pain.

“Dr. Cook put me on the (non-surgical spinal decompression) machine for 15 minutes, and I felt so much better I couldn’t even tell you. I went there to his office basically every day and would be on the machine for about 30 minutes each day. In three months, I was almost back to completely normal. All I know is that I couldn’t believe how well it worked.” Young said she was one of those patients Dr. Cook had a “frank conversation” with.

“Dr. Cook said that we could try the non-surgical spinal decompression, but he didn’t want to give me false hope,” Young remembered. “And like I said, he put me on the machine for a 15-minute trial, and I could tell the difference. I was able to stand up, and some of the pain was gone.

“I tell people all the time what a difference Dr. Cook made in my life.”

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