For most patients suffering from back pain, treatment is about helping them manage the pain until it passes. Doctors have over the years prescribed bed rest, pills and, in extreme cases, surgery.
Researchers have been questioning the low efficiency and the high costs for a long time, however, and increasingly, the medical community is considering a much simpler solution. Mounting evidence suggests that back stretching is among the best remedies because it is able to reduce pain, improve mobility and prevent future discomfort.
- The most common type is rolls (different kind of half cylinders of wheels), which are placed under the lower back and cause some stretching in this area. They are popular due to their low cost, but their effectiveness is insufficient.
- Physicians prefer complex mechanical machines with electronic displays. Stretching on such devices is performed under the influence of an external force. This can be motors, or a load suspended from the patient’s legs, for example. The preference of doctors is understandable – they receive a lot of money for such procedures. As for efficiency, it is reduced by the reactive response of the muscles. After the impact of an external force, they tend to contract, shrink.
- Inversion tables are also pretty common. But, as practice has shown, they have a serious drawback – such procedures should be performed at least by two people, and the second should preferably be a doctor. Already many lawsuits have taken place as a result of injuries and even death of patients on inversion tables.
- Exercise has always been a good solution for back pain. But this is more of a prevention than a treatment when the pain no longer gives you the ability to move.
And now, back pain sufferers have a tool that eliminates the previously listed disadvantages. The idea is not new - to take the force of gravity, which compresses and loads the spine, and use it for treatment and prevention. Our mat is designed in such a way that by simply lying on it, the patient's weight causes a pulling force of 15 to 20% of his weight.
And now we have added an infrared element, which helps to relax the muscles of the lower back and reduce the time of the treatment procedure from 40-45 minutes to 30-35 minutes.
|Much of the non-decompression part of the treatment can be covered by insurance. The spinal decompression itself is an out-of-pocket expense. The good news is that the cost of decompression has been going down over the years not up. This is because there are more machines now in the market place.|
The cost of each non surgical spinal decompression session typically ranges from $30 to $200, which means that a recommended series of treatments will typically cost from $450 to $6,000. Although insurance companies might pay for traditional traction, decompression therapy is not usually allowed although they are nearly the same.
Although Medicare does not consider certain spinal decompression therapies to be a payable service, some Medicare patients request or demand you bill for denial purposes. HCPCS code S9090 is another procedure code that some carriers may require for payment or to provide notification of patient financial liability.