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Lumbar and Cervical Decompression Therapy (LCD)

Thank you for your interest in Lumbar Cervical Decompression. Therapy (LCD). We will explain what LCD is and how LCD can help you.

I have been a practicing Chiropractor for twenty five years. Chiropractic Care in combination with physical therapy have proven effective for most spinal conditions. However, there are certain patients who do not respond to traditional treatments. In the past these more challenging cases would be referred to the pain management Doctor for epidural injections and as a last resort the spinal surgeon, until now.

~Dr. Joseph J. Frasco

Non-surgical Lumbar Cervical Decompression (LCD) Therapy has an astounding success rate with the following conditions:

  • Slipped, herniated and bulging discs
  • Sciatica (nerve pain running down the buttock and leg)
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Chronic back pain, neck pain and lower back soreness
  • Failed back surgery syndrome

If you have any of the conditions listed above, I have wonderful news for you: (LCD) Therapy has already helped many thousands of people just like you.

What is LCD Therapy? What is it used for?

New Providence Chiropractor, Dr. Joseph Frasco

LCD Therapy is a technique that is used to take the pressure off the nerves and to repair the discs in your spine. If you are experiencing persistent back pain, leg pain or neck pain and it has not responded to traditional therapies, then the most likely cause of your pain is nerve pain caused by a bulging or herniated disc. Your discs may also have degenerated so badly that there no longer exists enough space between the vertebrae to allow the nerves to function normally. In case you don’t know, the intervertebral disc is the cushion like material that sits in between the vertebrae. The discs in your back keep the bones from rubbing together and separate the vertebrae enough to allow the nerves to exit your spine on their way to all the various parts of your body. When the discs are injured or degenerate over time, back pain, buttock pain and leg pain can result. As you can see in the picture below, the ruptured disc material is pushing against the spinal cord or nerve which in most cases causes a great deal of pain. The critical thing to understand here is that disc tissue is one of the slowest healing tissues in the body and as a result, in most cases, if a disc problem goes untreated it is more likely to get worse than better.

New Providence Chiropractor, Dr. Joseph Frasco

How LCD Therapy Works

A typical disc injury or degenerated disc is constantly aggravated and made worse due to regular movement and the weight of the body pressing downward on the disc. As a result, the disc rarely is able to heal completely on its own. It is lot like what happens if someone breaks their foot and continues to walk on it – it never gets change to heal. If you were to break your foot, you could easily have it put in a cast and you could stay off it by using crutches. Eventually your foot would heal. Unfortunately, it is impossible to stop using your back or neck. Even if you are on bed rest, you are still using your back just by lying on it (and much worse you are allowing the back muscles to get weak, which makes it easier to re-injure yourself when you finally get out of bed). In order for a disc to heal optimally, pressure must be taken off of your spine, which is a very difficult thing to achieve considering gravity is constantly putting pressure on your discs every day.

Considering how hard it is to take pressure off a disc to allow it to heal, it is no wonder there are so few effective options to permanently cure back and neck pain.

Non-Surgical (LCD) Therapy is the only treatment currently available to repair a degenerated disc or herniated disc. This is accomplished without using dangerous drugs and surgery. It is completely natural! This fact alone puts Non-Surgical (LCD) Therapy head and shoulders above other treatment methods for most conditions. I have listed common back and neck pain treatment options compares. Call us.

The most common back and neck treatment options.

Surgery

Pros

  • Some Patients experience permanent pain relief

Cons

  • Risky surgery is a last resort as there is a chance you could end up worse off afterwards
  • Low success rate. Many procedures have a low success rate 50%
  • Painful and can have long recovery time
  • Very expensive – $40,000 or more

Pain Management/Spinal Injections

Pros

  • Immediate pain relief if the Doctor can locate the exact spot to inject the drug. Some get no relief.

Cons

  • Not a lasting solution. It is similar to taking a pain killer to deal with a tooth ache caused by a cavity. No amount of pills will fix the cause of your pain which is the injured or degenerated disc.
  • Without the pain, you are more likely to re-injure yourself.
  • Very expensive.

Bed Rest

Pros

  • No cost.
  • Can be done at home.

Cons

  • Put your life on hold months at a time.
  • Can make your condition worse due to muscles becoming weaker due to lack of use.
  • Weak back muscles make it more likely for you to re-injure yourself.

Non-Surgical (LCD) Decompression

Pros

  • Very high success rate. Better than 7 out of 10 cases.
  • Painless. Many patients fall asleep during treatment.
  • Drug free.
  • Very safe. Virtually impossible to end up worse than where you started.
  • One-tenth the cost of most surgeries.
  • Can help with many conditions that other treatments such as surgery and physical therapy can’t help with.

Cons

  • A very small percentage of patients see no difference after treatment; however, they don’t end up any worse off.
  • According to many studies such as those published by the American Journal of Pain Management, “decompression has provided relief for 86% of patients with herniated discs.” Out of 219 subjects, 86% who completed decompression therapy reported immediate disappearance of symptoms. Keep in mind, many of these people were previously told that surgery was their only option yet 86% now found relief with a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment with no recovery time.

New Providence Chiropractor, Dr. Joseph Frasco

Non-Surgical Lumbar Cervical Decompression Therapy (LCD) is administered using a very sophisticated FDA authorized machine that gently stretches the spine and decompresses discs. Unlike traction devices, (LCD) machines are able to sense your muscle’s resistance to the pulling forces and are able to cycle the pull so that your body does not resist the tension. The machine is able to do this with causing little or no discomfort to the patient. It is because of the machine’s ability to comfortably remove the pressure on the disc that the disc is finally able to heal, much like what happens where you take pressure off a broken foot.

How do I find out if I am a candidate for Non-Surgical (LCD) Therapy?

New Providence Chiropractor, Dr. Joseph Frasco

There is only one way to know for sure and that is to schedule a consultation with a doctor who is thoroughly trained in administering the therapy and has a Spinal Decompression machine. I am such a doctor. The fact is every situation is different and I need to evaluate your condition personally to determine if you are a candidate. If I feel that I can help you, I will tell you, and if I don’t feel that you are a good candidate for LCD Therapy, I will tell you that too! Call us, before all available appointment slots are filled.

I look forward to finding out if I can help you. I have helped so many others with back, neck and sciatica pain, I know that there is a a good chance I can help you. Ready to get started? Give us a call.


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