Friday, March 16, 2007
Medical Reports: HEALTHCAST: Back Pain
Got back pain? More than 25 million Americans do. But now there's a device that can bring an end to the chronic condition. Seven's Richard Lemus has the latest info on this non-surgical option.
WSVN -- Standing. Sitting. Sleeping.
Back pain can make everyday activities impossible for some people.
Lindsey Clark knows that pain. After a recent car accident, Clark had back pain.
Clark: "I couldn't walk, couldn't come to work, couldn't find any place comfortable to sit."
When pills and therapy didn't relieve his pain, his last resort was a new FDA-approved tool called Powered Spinal Mobilization.
In the past, therapists would apply pressure with their hands to break up the stiffness in the spine. But now this device does that in 30 minutes with better results than what therapists could do in 20 visits.
Dr. Jeffrey Perelman, Advanced Spinal Technologies: "We didn't invent mobilization. We're just bringing a device to the practitioners to help them do a better job at it."
Powered Spinal Mobilization can be used on patients with all types of back pain except those who are prone to fractures. It usually takes two to three sessions a week for a month. Then, patients need to get follow-up sessions every couple of weeks.
Dr. Perelman: "We really give patients their life back. That's the most thrilling thing as a physician that I could possibly have the opportunity to be involved with."
At first, Lindsey was skeptical, but, after five treatments, he's got a new attitude.
Clark: "I walked out of there at 4:30 one afternoon, and I was just totally pain free. My attitude is fantastic. My whole quality of life has changed tremendously."
With no pain to hold him back, Lindsey is back at work and plans on working right up until retirement.
The device is being used at select clinics around the country, and the good news is that most insurance companies cover the cost.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Jeffrey Perelman
Advanced Spinal Technologies
4331 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, Fl 33432