Spinal Decompression Specialist

South Lake Medical Center, Inc.

Physical Medicine and Pain Rehabilitation Center located in Pasadena, CA

Have you tried all kinds of treatments for your back or neck pain and NOTHING HAS REALLY WORKED? Medicine, Injections, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic care, Acupuncture, exercise, traction or other things all help for a short time, but the pain always comes back or is always there. You may have done one or more of these treatments and nothing has given you any real long lasting relief. Depressing isn’t it? After all that, have you been told that Neck or Back surgery is now your only viable option? Not good. If you are tired of all this and want a REAL non-surgical solution that works – read on! You may be able to have it with our new state-of-the-art NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression technology!

Spinal Decompression (No Disc Surgery or NDS) Q & A

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Q: What is NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression?

A: The NDS or No-Disc-Surgery decompression method of back and neck pain treatment is a gentle, computer-controlled treatment which promotes the natural healing of degenerative discs, stimulating the hydration and renewal or healing of damaged, herniated, or bulging disc tissue.  During therapy, the patient lies on the therapy table for approximately 30 minutes per visit while treatment is being performed. The treatment gently manipulates the patient’s offending spinal segments. Through the therapy, the vertebrae are distracted, unloading and reducing intra-discal pressures (pressure inside offending the disc(s) itself. As normal spinal function is restored, so is the patient’s mobility and relief.

Q: How does NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression work? 

A: NDS - Spinal Decompression treatment provides a computer-directed method of applying and achieving physical-therapy treatment objectives without requiring the patient to participate in any exhaustive or painful exercise regimen. The Spinal Decompression device gently manipulates the offending spinal segments while helping stretch and re-tones the underlying musculature. The result is improved back or neck health and significant pain reduction or elimination in the vast majority our patients.

Q: What conditions does it treat?

A: NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression has been proven clinically effective in the treatment of acute or chronic back pain, radiating pain to the arms, legs, thighs, or hips; herniated discs; degenerative disc disease; pinching (Impingement) of nerves in the back, neck, hips, or legs; pelvic, thigh, or leg pain; extreme lower-back discomfort and muscle spasms, sciatica, and posterior facet (Joint) pain.

Q:  If I use NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression, when will I start feeling better?

A:  Many of our patients start feeling improvement by the second week.

Q:  Are there any side effects to the treatment?

A:  Most patients do not experience any adverse side effects from undergoing NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression treatment.

Q:  Are there any drugs used in the treatment?

A:  Although drug therapy is not a mainstay of NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression treatment, we sometimes use anti-inflammatory medications in conjunction with treatment.

Q: How long does it take to complete the treatment?

A: Each treatment session lasts approximately 30 minutes and is repeated an average of approximately 20 times over the course of 35 days.  Patient treatment requirements can and do vary based on severity.

Q: How successful is NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression?

A: NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression has undergone extensive clinical testing and has achieved substantial success rates.  One study revealed success rates of up to 92%!*.  We have had hundreds of satisfied patients who have been successfully treated with NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression. Please see the videos lower down on this page.

*McClure, Dennis, and Ferris, Bethany.” Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy: ‘A New Direction for the Treatment of Low Back Pain”. US Musculoskeletal  Review 2006, Issue II.

Q: Does NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression involve surgery or injections?

A:  No.  NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression is completely non-invasive, it is non-surgical and involves no injections.  Not only is NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression safe and effective, it’s also comfortable and relaxing.  A lot of our patients actually fall asleep during treatment!

Q:  I’m interested!  How do I find out if this could work for me?

A:  To learn more about the procedure or to find out if you’re a candidate for state-of-the-art NDS Therapy or Spinal Decompression, call the office to schedule your appointment or book your initial consultation online.  Also watch our patient testimonial videos below!

While nonsurgical spinal decompression and deep tissue laser therapy are relatively new treatments, there is still plenty of research to back it up. Here are just a handful of scientific studies: 

Even with health insurance, the patient is often left with their own personal bill that can be in excess of $10-$15,000 and sometimes more. In addition, the recovery time and missed work can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months not to mention the obvious severe surgical risks associated with all surgeries, and published failure rates that approach 50% for spinal surgery. 


"We thus submit that decompression therapy should be considered first, before the patient undergoes a surgical procedure which permanently alters the anatomy and the function of the affected lumbar segment"... Journal of NeuroScience Research 

"Patients after Decompression therapy reported that 76.5% of patients sustained complete remission, and 19.6% had partial remission of pain and disability".... Rio Grande Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery 

Another study presented at the American Academy of Pain Management in 2007 demonstrated: "Patients reported a mean 88.9% improvement in back pain and better function ..... after decompression no patient required any invasive therapies (e.g. epidural injections, surgery)" 

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*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, our procedures have a success and failure rate. Treatment results can and do vary. All patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else. Medicare and federal restrictions apply. Treatments are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. These treatments have not been evaluated by the FDA. References available.