2013-10-29 15:00:02 - Treatment means surgery is avoided
In days of old ‘the rack’ was feared as the ultimate weapon of torture but, as Coventry-based management consultant Jay Singh will tell you, things have really changed for the better.
A damaged disc in his lower back left sports fan Jay, in crippling pain and almost unable to use his left leg and foot.
The 37-year-old was told an operation was almost inevitable until he met with neuro and spinal surgeon Mr Amjad Shad at Coventry’s BMI Meriden Hospital, who sentenced him to 12 sessions on modern medicine’s version of the wrack.
Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) Therapy involves being ‘harnessed’ to a motorized table and having the effected part of your spine very gently stretched so that pressure on the damaged disc
“The effect was amazing,” said Jay. “I could feel a difference almost immediately. After three sessions I was able to come off painkillers and after six I could feel movement in my leg and foot for the first time in weeks,” said Jay.
After his recommended 12 session Jay, under the guidance of a physiotherapist, started some gentle exercises and brisk walks and now he is back playing football and training in the gym!
Explained Mr Shad: “It is always preferable to use non-invasive methods to treat herniated discs and sciatica. Surgical procedures are typically considered when the patient has exhausted non-surgical options and remains in pain with a lack of function.
“As part of conservative care, IDD Therapy offers a non-invasive spinal decompression option for patients with an identifiable disc herniation. Treatment involves precise mechanical decompression of targeted segments of the spine in a manner not possible with traditional traction.
“Before opting for spinal surgery, surgeons should have a discussion with the patients about any non-surgical options as well as the relative risks and benefits of surgery. “