Choosing an Utah Decompression Center
1. Comprehensive Consultation
Choose a clinic that offers a comprehensive consultation which should include:
- A Complete History
- Orthopedic and Neurological Examination
- Review of your MRI’s
- These should be current… within the last 2 years for most cases.
- MRI’s or CAT Scans (in cases where MRI’s are not possible) are mandatory when considering a patient as a decompression candidate. The best way to make a definitive diagnosis of a disc injury is via MRI. MRI’s show us the disc, bone, ligaments, nerves, joint disease, muscle integrity, change and more.
- Did you know? An X-ray is used almost exclusively to visualize bone, not disc. Therefore an X-ray is not an appropriate study to evaluate a disc problem. (Lots to think about… I know!)
2. Daily Decompression Setup
Daily decompression set-ups should be performed by a licensed doctor, not by a staff member or tech.
There are clinical decisions being made every day throughout your treatment program that affect outcomes. The most dramatic results with decompression are achieved by fine tuning all aspects of the treatment each session. These include position changes, variances in angle, altering the strength of pull..and there are many more. So choose the clinic wisely!
Re-evaluations should be performed weekly to monitor progress and adjust treatment protocols. The doctors’ intimate knowledge of your condition and progress again shows how important it is for the doctor to be re-evaluating you and taking you through the daily treatment session. The doctor with the most experience would be ideal.
4. Comprehensive Program
A comprehensive program should address changes in soft tissue on a daily basis. Disc problems and sciatica dramatically affect soft tissue (muscle cramps, trigger points) in the low back, buttocks and legs. This would include heat, ice, electrical therapy, soft tissue massage, myofascial release, stretches and exercises. These services should be performed by the Doctor for the best result.
5. Low Back Strength Rehab
A quality decompression program should be followed by a comprehensive low back strength-rehabilitation program. Low back muscle weakness and loss of function, (deconditioning), is the greatest contributor to low back injuries. Rehabilitation will make the success you have reached following decompression long term and help prevent injuries in the future. By not going through a spinal strengthening program, you may set yourself up for continued low back pain or re-injury.
Don't take our word for it...Read what our patients have to say:
"I came to Dr. Bowden whom I feel more accurately diagnosed my symptoms better than any other practitioner in the valley without any expensive tests or X-RAYS. Within 3 visits, the pain was nearly non-existent and has yet to return. I recommend him to all my friends and family looking for a Chiro."
"I would highly recommend Dr. Bowden to anyone with back pain. When I took my husband to Dr. Bowden he was in so much pain he could barely walk. With the help of Dr. Bowden and his staff, my husband has healed and is back to his normal activities, without surgery."
"Dr. Bowden was great help in adjusting my lower back after minor jumping gave me a pinch. After the first visit the pain was 60% gone. Two more visits took care of the rest. His staff were great; took care of PEHP insurance billing. Awesome!"
"I had severe back pain for years to the point where I couldn't exercise. MRI showed I had a torn disk. I finished my treatment and I feel great!!! The treatment is worth every penny for the relief in pain and the return of the quality of life I have received. I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Bowden."