You've probably seen the newspaper ads that "hype" Spinal Decompression Therapy asking you to call some unknown doctor's office in order to receive a free report in the mail. We do not believe anyone should have to do that!
Our website will give you the complete facts about Spinal Decompression Therapy including clinic trials that support its effectiveness.
And we will also tell you the approximate treatment cost. We do that so you will be better able to make an informed decision about what you should do for your condition and because our fees are a fraction of what some other clinics charge.
If you need any additional information, please call our office at 715-720-9911 and ask to talk to the doctor. That's right, I'll talk to you personally in order to help you make the right decision.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical traction based treatment outcome for herniated or bulging discs in the neck and lower back. Anyone who has back, neck, arm or leg pain may be helped by spinal decompression therapy.
How many spinal decompression sessions will be needed and are they painful?
The number of sessions needed and your specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination.
In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session.
What type of decompression system is used?
After a significant amount of research, our office chose the Triton® DTS system manufactured by the Chattanooga Group, the premier manufacturer of physical medicine equipment. More importantly, we have the brand new computerized head which is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced unit in the world. No office - and we do mean NO OFFICE - has a more "state of the art" spinal decompression system.
Benefits of Traction with the Triton® DTS System
In fact, the new Triton® head is so revolutionary that it won the Australian Design Award in the "Medical and Scientific" category. We also selected the Triton® DTS systems due to its ability to treat discs in both the neck and the low back.
In regard to clinical skills, Dr. James Appel completed the Kennedy Decompression Technique course work and passed the qualifying examination to achieve the status of "Certified Practitioner" in spinal decompression therapy.
What Makes Spinal Decompression Therapy so Effective?
The computerized traction head and doctor skill are the keys. Proper assessment and the use of preprogrammed patterns of distraction and relaxation may permit disc material to be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc and allow healing to occur.
Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Anyone who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or even failed surgery.
Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Yes! One study documented by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniation's in 10 of 14 cases and other studies reported that the majority of ruptured disc patients achieved "good" to "excellent" results after spinal decompression therapy.
Click here if you would like to review the studies yourself or click here to read an article about spinal decompression that appeared in "To Your Health" Magazine.
Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not indicated?
Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage.
Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or “cages”) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery, can be performed.
Are the sessions painful, how many will be needed and what is the cost?
Our customary fee for each spinal decompression session is about $75 which means the total cost will be a small fraction of the $5,000+ amounts that some other doctors are charging.
If your insurance company covers spinal decompression therapy, reimbursement varies but your out-of-pocket expense for all needed services could be as little as your co-payment.
If not covered by insurance, we offer CareCredit that will allow you to make 6 monthly payments with no interest. To apply for financing online and get instant approval in advance, just go to CareCredit.com.
Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises in addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy?
To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (as indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.
How do I get started?
We want to make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Just call our office at 715-720-9911 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Appel.
Please remember to bring any MRI reports so the doctor can review them and best advise you about your treatment options.
Spinal Decompression Therapy video
To talk to our doctor or schedule an appointment, call:
Dr. James Appel D.C,
2863 S. Prairie View Road, #1
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Or email us at: [email protected]
with any questions or to schedule an appointment
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