What is being called the first "non-surgical spinal decompression clinic" in Coeur d'Alene recently opened at 1341 Northwood Center Court.
Disk and Spine Northwest is an integrated, spinal rehabilitation clinic featuring a state of the art, non-surgical approach to fixing problems like herniated disks, failed back surgery, slipped disks, sciatica, chronic severe back/neck pain for patients that would otherwise need surgery or were told they could not be helped.
"This program is known to get great results for patients suffering from severe pain due to various disk problems that haven't been able to get relief from other routes of care or who don't want to or have the time to do something as invasive as spinal surgery," said doctor Audra Holm, chiropractic physician.
"We can significantly reduce the need for surgery with the comprehensive programs that Disk and Spine Northwest provides."
The clinic uses individualized treatments combining the best of what manipulation, nutrition and physical therapy has to offer while utilizing the newest and best modalities for their patients.
Spinal decompression works by slowly pulling apart two vertebrae and the coinciding spinal disk between them, while keeping the surrounding protective muscles turned off.
This treatment reduces the pressure from within the disk. Once the inter-discal pressure becomes negative, it draws in the bulging disk material and the vital fluids and nutrients needed to heal the disk.
"Think of an accordion, as we pull it apart, a negative pressure is created and it draws air inside of itself," according to a press release. "As we pull a disk apart, it draws whatever is surrounding it, back inside itself."
Medical Lasers have been used in the medical field for the past few years for everything from hair removal and liposuction to surgery.
The "cold lasers" can penetrate up to 3 inches deep to the targeted area, flooding the area with photons which causes the cells to replicate very quickly which significantly decreases healing time.
"We use these lasers to quickly patch and heal tears in the injured areas and also as a pain reducing modality," the release said.
The patient is then taught how to perform very "injury specific" exercises which strengthen the appropriate protective muscles and rehabilitates the injured area to help prevent any future injuries.
Most exercise is done at home with a home rehab kit provided to the patient at the beginning of care. It typically takes 6-8 weeks to complete the treatment plans, with 50 percent pain reduction realized in the first two weeks, the release said.
"This is not a chiropractic clinic," Holm said. "Chiropractic is just one of many treatments we integrate to get previously unheard of results."