Frequently Asked Questions


Does My Health Insurance Cover the Treatment Cost?
What is the Cost of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
What Insurance Plans Do You Accept?
What Are “Intervertebral Discs”?
How Do the Spinal Discs Become Injured?
What Are the Symptoms of A Nerve Impingement Related to Disc Compression?
What Conditions Can Benefit from Spinal Decompression?
How Does Non-Surgical Spinal Disc Decompression Compare to Other Treatment Methods?
Isn’t Spinal Decompression Just Another Form of Traction?
How Does DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Work?
Is Financial Assistance Available?


Does My Health Insurance Cover the Treatment Cost?

Yes. The majority of the cost of our Complete Spinal Rehabilitation Program is covered by most insurance plans.

Each insurance company offers its members multiple different health insurance plans. Call our office at (949) 857-1888 to find out the exact details of your coverage. Most of our patients have realized a 50-90% cost savings compared to nearly every other Spinal Decompression office in Orange County.

Our office is proud to be among just a handful of offices in California that has fulfilled the requirements set forth by the Secretary of State to allow for DRX9000 Spinal Decompression and Rehabilitation to be reimbursed by health insurance plans.

return to top

What is the Cost of Spinal Decompression Therapy?

We offer a complimentary consultation. This allows us to accurately determine your specific healthcare needs and answer all your questions – including your questions about treatment cost. Call (949) 857-1888 to schedule a complimentary consultation to find out if Spinal Decompression can help you AND how much our Insurance-Covered Program can save you.

return to top

What Insurance Plans Do You Accept?

We accept all major PPO and POS insurance plans. This includes (but is not limited to) Medicare, Blue Shield, Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Humana, PacifiCare, Beech Street Network and Medicare. Since each plan offers different coverage benefits please call our office at (949) 857-1888 to set up a complimentary consultation and insurance benefit analysis.

return to top

What Are “Intervertebral Discs”?

The bones of the spine called vertebrae are separated by tough cartilage pads called intervertebral (inter = “between”; vertebral = “bones of the spine”) discs.

return to top

How Do the Spinal Discs Become Injured?

Over time gravity, spinal joint dysfunction and accumulated trauma cause the discs to compress, flatten and degenerate. This constant compression prevents much-needed oxygen and nutrients from entering the disc to aid in healing and trauma recovery. This ongoing starvation causes the once-tough outer layers of the disc to soften allowing the contents of the disc to bulge outward. Significant disc damage can become a tear called a disc herniation or the inner gelatinous material of the disc can leak out called a disc sequestration. The “jelly center” of the disc can also dry out over time which is referred to as degenerative disc disease. All forms of disc injury can eventually impinge on the nerves exiting the spine (“pinched nerve”) which can create numbness, tingling, burning or sharp pain down the arms or legs. Sharp pain originating from the back and “shooting” down the legs is often referred to as sciatica. The only treatment that can reverse this degenerative compression is Non-Surgical Spinal Disc Decompression (DRX9000).

return to top

What Are the Symptoms of A Nerve Impingement Related to Disc Compression?

All forms of disc injury can eventually impinge on the nerves exiting the spine (“pinched nerve”) which can create numbness, tingling, burning or sharp pain down the arms or legs. Sharp pain originating from the back and “shooting” down the legs is often referred to as sciatica.

return to top

What Conditions Can Benefit from Spinal Decompression?

You can find out more about this on our Conditions Treated page. The following links will also take you directly to information about specific conditions:

return to top

How Does Non-Surgical Spinal Disc Decompression Compare to Other Treatment Methods?

There are several options a patient may consider, including:

  • Spinal Decompression
  • Oral and Injected Medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic Treatment
  • Surgical Treatment Options for Disc Herniations and Disc Bulges

For a review of these options, please read our Comparing Options page.

return to top

Isn’t Spinal Decompression Just Another Form of Traction?

Decompression

In relation to the spine, decompression is defined as “A procedure carried out to relieve pressure on the spinal discs, spinal cord or nerve roots.”

Traction

In relation to the spine, traction is defined as “The application of tension or pulling to the spine.”

Methods of applying traction may include Gravity Boots, Spinal Traction devices, SpineMed Traction, DTS (Dynamic Traction System), Accu-Spina, Chattanooga Traction, or Lordex.

Comparing the Two

So, where your spine is concerned, Decompression relieves pressure whereas Traction is merely the act of tensioning or pulling.

Prior, unsuccessful attempts to reduce intradiscal pressure relied heavily on high-force, linear pulling motions that were unable to target specific spinal segments. High-force, linear pulling motions are effective at traction by definition (“tension or pulling”). However, simply “pulling” the bones of the spine apart (i.e., traction) results in little more than forcing the spinal muscles to protectively contract around the injury site. Unfortunately, these muscular contractions counteract the tension created by the traction and can actually increase pressure on the disc and spinal cord.

Effectively, traction can create COMPRESSION, the opposite of beneficial DECOMPRESSION, and makes the situation worse!

This explains the less-than-stellar success rates of most traction methods.

Several traction methods exist including gravity boots, spinal traction, over-the-door cervical traction, Lordex and SpineMed traction. All of these methods provide traction. However, none of them have been demonstrated scientifically to “relieve pressure on the spinal discs, spinal cord or nerve roots.”

return to top

How Does DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Work?

  • Decompression techniques provide relief by separating the bones of the spine reducing the pressure within the disc (intradiscal pressure)
  • Disc decompression treats the source of the pain – pain caused by disc bulge or disc herniation pressure
  • Treatment is computer controlled
  • More advanced methods use oscillation to reduce muscle spasm that could work against the decompression motion
  • More advanced methods also direct the treatment to specific levels of the spine by varying the angle of decompression making the treatment more effective and comfortable

For more details about the how the DRX9000 works, please visit our DRX9000 page.

Is Financial Assitance Available?

Yes, interest-free and long-term financing options are available to help with whatever portion of your treatment is not picked up by your health insurance. Please call our office at (949) 857-1888 to learn more about your financial options.

return to top