Therapy offers back pain reliefWritten by Brandi Barhite | Community Ombudsman | firstname.lastname@example.org
DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is a new non-surgical option for area residents suffering from back pain.
Dr. Mickey Frame said he is one of the few offering the therapy in the area, investing $50,000 for the FDA-cleared equipment at his Toledo office, 3020 N. McCord Road, Suite 104.
DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy helps to create a negative pressure in the disc. Decompression is the result of proper positioning and tractioning of the spinal column. Frame said the therapy includes 15 to 20 treatments (45 to 60 minutes each) and take-home exercises, although the therapy can be tailored to each patient’s needs and desires.
Twenty sessions run $1,500-$2,000, and is not usually covered by insurance.
“The good news if it doesn’t work, you will know within nine sessions,” he said.
While Frame is working with insurance companies to cover the therapy, decompression therapy is less expensive than surgery, he said.
Candidates for the therapy usually suffer from bulging, herniated discs, sciatica (shooting pain down a person’s leg) or degenerative disc conditions, among other ailments.
Chris Willee, 48, of Toledo herniated two of his discs severely in the early 1980s. He underwent therapy, but opted against surgery and tolerated the chronic pain over the years.
In August, he decided to try decompression therapy.
“I was there a few months and since then, I have been able to go nice, long sustained periods of time without any constant pain,” he said. “I will go in and get a couple of adjustments, but nothing major.”
Willee describes the therapy. He laid on a table with a harness around him.
“It pulls your body and rows you out a little, pulls you out. It’s a moving machine … it is stretching your spine out and starting to put it back where it is supposed to be.”
“You feel a lot better,“ he said. “It is a good treatment. I would recommend it.”
To view a video of the therapy, visit the Web site www.dtstherapy.com or to talk with Frame, call (419) 475-9355.
PHOTO: Dr. Mickey Frame with patient Chris Willee at his Toledo office June 25. — Toledo Free Press by Lad Strayer