What is IDD (Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy)?
IDD Therapy® is an innovative approach to the relief of lower back syndromes including herniated or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, sciatica and acute or chronic back pain. It consists of simply lying on a traction device that is unlike anything used in most physical therapy programs.
How does the treatment work?
IDD Therapy® can isolate each lumbar vertebrae (L1, L2, L3, L4 or L5) and distract the vertebrae surrounding an injured disc five to seven millimeters. The 25 minute treatment provides static, intermittent and cycling forces on structures that may be causing lower back pain. The result is retraction of the herniated discs. Facet disease is successfully treated this way as well.
Who is a good candidate for IDD?
Ideal candidates for IDD Therapy® are those with acute or chronic lower back pain, those with herniated discs causing radiating pain or numbness in one or both legs and those who may be considering surgery but want to look at other options before making that decision. Even those who have had surgery before can potentially qualify for treatment. A thorough evaluation by our neurologists including imaging and nerve testing will occur before the decision is made for IDD Therapy® to ensure the best results.
Are there any drugs used in this treatment?
Not usually. Patients are encouraged to take anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers if needed during the treatment. The procedure may contribute to some inflammation, but this is usually mild and easily treated. A polarized magnetic ice pack is usually applied at the completion of each treatment to reduce inflammation.
Is IDD painful, and what is the recovery time?
Most patients tolerate the procedure without any discomfort. On a few occasions, muscle spasm in the lower back can occur depending on the underlying cause of back pain, but these are minimal.
How does the cost of this treatment compare to the cost of surgery?
The cost of treatment is minimal compared to the cost of surgery. In most cases, financing is available for those without insurance or with less comprehensive insurance plans. Several payment options are available and a monthly payment plan can be a much better financial decision than a 10 or 20 percent insurance co-payment on back surgery.
What is the success rate of IDD?
Thousands of patients have been successfully treated with IDD Therapy®. At Midtown Neurology, P.C., approximately 85 percent of our patients enjoy markedly reduced pain and even pain free states.
Midtown Neurology, P.C.
Husham Mishu, MD is a Board Certified Neurologist in Atlanta at Midtown Neurology, P.C.