BMI Fitzroy Square Hospital in the city of London, based in the United Kingdom, is offering a new non-surgical treatment for back and neck pain sufferers at its spinal clinic.
Developed in the United States, the Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) therapy offered at the clinic is a form of spinal decompression for patients who suffer from back and neck pain.
BMI Fitzroy Square Hospital IDD therapy clinical director Robert Shanks said that the therapy could be a potential treatment, offering effective long term pain relief to patients without the need for surgical intervention.
"While still in its infancy here in the UK, IDD is well established in America and Canada where it has rapidly become the standard treatment to bridge the gap between physiotherapy and spinal surgery," Shanks added.
"IDD therapy isn’t a cure-all solution for all forms of back and neck pain, but as I have witnessed over the last 18 months since using this new therapy, the results for many patients can be life-changing."
Intervertebral Differential Dynamics treatment facilitates high-tech computer controlled therapy, which allows the application of controlled pulling forces that tenderly pull apart targeted spinal segments and are based on a patient’s weight and specific areas of damage.
The therapy, suitable for patients suffering from unresolved pain in their back, neck, arm or leg caused by spinal nerve root irritation, uses a distraction process that takes the pressure off the affected spinal disc, as well as any pinched nerves.
IDD therapy that relies on the body’s natural healing mechanism promotes the movement and absorption of water, oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs.
The treatment lasts for an hour and each session might also include other therapy modalities, such as core strengthening and stretches.
BMI Fitzroy Square Hospital consultant orthopaedic and spinal surgeon Martin Knight said: "It [IDD therapy] has proved to be an effective non-invasive option for a number of chronic patients who had been left in "no man’s land", meaning that their pain had not improved with standard manual treatments but they did not want, or were not suitable for surgery."
Image: IDD therapy is being implemented at London’s BMI Fitzroy Square Hospital. Photo courtesy of BMI Fitzroy Square Hospital.