FAQ – Nashville Spine And Disc


Back Pain Cases and Remedies

The epidemic of back pain is enormous: It’s a $44 billion industry, it’s the leading workers’ comp injury, it’s the leading reason for disability for people under the age of 45, it will strike 90% of all American adults, it’s the second-leading surgical procedure, and it’s only getting worse.

  • Up to 85% of the US Population will have Back Pain at some time in their life
  • Most Americans will experience lower or upper back pain. In fact orthopedic surgeons estimate 80% or more of us will suffer from back pain at least once over the course of life.
  • The lower portion of our back holds up our body’s weight and is subject to much stress and strain.
  • In the United States more than 5 million people are considered disabled as a result of back pain.
  • Nearle 100 million days of work are missed from back pain.
  • A very high percent of back pain can be remedied in 6-12 weeks. Only five to ten percent of back pain falls into the chronic category.
  • Spinal surgery should be a last resort. According to statistics there are approximately 500K spinal surgeries annually in the United States. Most of these are unsuccessful.
  • Surgery is rarely successful over time. In fact only 20% of back surgeries are considered effective two years following the procedure.
  • Over 6 million people are bed ridden due to back pain each day.
  • An estimated 93 million workdays are lost each year due to back pain
  • Pain is Bad! We offer back pain relief using a combination of treatments that have proven to work.
  • Only 20% of all back surgeries are successful after 2 years


    Back Pain


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    Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

    Lower back pain has numerous causes and the causes can differ as a result of age of the patient. Those patients from 30-60 often experience strain from a muscle or ligament strain in the lower back from jerking quickly or lifting something too heavy for the back to handle as in too many grocery bags at one time. Other common causes include arthritis (risk often increases with age),bulging, herniated or ruptured discs, osteoporosis, and irregularities of the spine such as scoliosis.

    What causes low back pain?

    Low back pain can be caused by a number of factors from injuries to the effects of aging.The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, which are made of bone. Between each vertebra are soft discs with a ligamentous outer layer. These discs function as shock absorbers to protect the vertebra and the spinal cord. Many of the problems that cause back pain are the result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Degeneration is a process where wear and tear causes deterioration of the disc. Herniations, or bulging of the disc are protrusions from the disc that press on surrounding nerves, causing pain or numbness.

    Spinal Decompression Treatment: Expected Time to See Results

    Most chiropractic back pain patients report a reduction in pain after the first few sessions. Dr. Bearden guarantees you will receive pain relief after four treatment sessions, or he will refund your money. Week 2 of treatment typically yields significant improvement. Pain is bad and keeps you from doing the activities you enjoy. Our clinic will help you recover from it as quickly as possible.

    How long will I stay on the Spinal Decompression machine?

    The treatment on the machine itself only requires ten minutes. Dr. Bearden will tell you how many times he recommends treatment for your specific back pain remedy plan.

    How long does it take to complete Spinal Decompression treatment?

    Although there is no “cookie cutter” formula to this, the average treatment time is 20-25 minutes. Most people just take a nap as it should be very comfortable. Depending on the severity of the condition, we may start out 3x per week for the first 4-6 weeks then based on expected improvement, taper you down to 2x/week and slowly wean you down to maintenance therapy.

    Spinal Decompression Treatment

    As mentioned prior spinal decompression is an alternative treatment protocol that helps patients avoid back surgery in many cases. When you visit the doctor for the first time here at Nashville Spine and Disc, he will let you know your options and design a treatment protocol that works best for you. Examples of conditions/symptoms that are often good fits for decompression include sciatica, neck pain caused by disc issues, and lower back pain.

    Side Effects of Spinal Decompresson

    This is a non-invasive more natural treatment that rarely includes side effects. Some patients experience mild muscle spasms. Spinal Decompression is a safe remedy for back and neck pain and has safeguards in place so the machine will stop if the patient or administer wishes to halt it immediately if desired.

    How does Spinal Decompression treatment differ from ordinary spinal traction?

    Traction is helpful at treating some of the conditions resulting from herniated or degeneration. Traction cannot address the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression creates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disc. This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation and the increase in negative pressure also causes the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disc allowing the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disc. Traction and inversion tables, at best, can lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 to a +30 mmHg. Spinal Decompression is clinically proven to reduce the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Traction triggers the body’s normal response to stretching by creating painful muscle spasms that worsen the pain in affected area.

    Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

    While traction has been shown to be effective in treating issues related to herniated or degenerative discs, it has not been shown to treat the actual source of the pain. Traction can slightly reduce the disc pressure in some cases, whereas decompression can substantially reduce such pressure. Traction can also have a side effect of producing painful muscle spasms that can actually increase pain in the area. Such spasms are not common with decompression. Spinal Decompression work by creating a vacuum-like effect inside your back or neck disc. It is an effective non-invasive remedy for back pain. This vacuum effect helps pull the herniation back in and increase the increase blood flow, hydrate the disc, and begin the healing process.

    Does Spinal Decompression Work for Spinal Surgery Patients?

    Dr. Bearden has treated patients who have undergone spinal surgery. We know that failed back and neck surgeries are common. Ask Dr. Bearden about your specific situation during your first visit to the clinic.

    Can Spinal Decompression be used for patients that have had spinal surgery?

    In most cases Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.

    Who is not a candidate for Nashville Spine and Disc?

    There are some situations in which we do not recommend decompression. Examples include patients who have experienced spinal fractures which have not had time to heal or have undergone surgeries that involve vertebrae fusion or the placement of metal rods or plates in your neck or back. There are other situations as well. Be sure to disclose that who has recent spinal fractures, surgical fusion or metallic hardware, surgically repaired aneurysms, infection of the spine, and/or moderate to severe osteoporosis is not a good candidate for the treatment. Please ask our doctors about your specific condition.

    Who is a candidate for the Spinal Decompression Table?

    Anyone who has been told they need surgery but wishes to avoid it, anyone who has been told there is nothing more available to help, anyone who failed to significantly respond to conservative options (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the type of care they want.

    DisclosureThe information provided by our chiropractors on this website is for informational purposes. Be sure to check with your doctor or other health care professional about your specific condition. Back pain and neck pain remedy results vary widely. Patients with the exact same condition will generally receive different results. between patients, even with the same diagnosis.

    1) Does Insurance cover this kind of service?

    Insurances today are much different than in years past and are focused on bottom line profitability for their investors in the here and now vs health care in the future.
    As a result, most insurances will cover basic services in a Chiropractic clinic but not the more niched, therapeutic services, despite the fact they are clinically proven and could save them much more money in preventing future spinal surgeries, for example.

    2) Is the care typically affordable?

    Most people discover that the care they need for long term healing and favorable clinical outcomes is very affordable and can be structured with monthly payments to fit virtually any budget if need be. At the end of the day, you are worth it!!. The costs
    (and grief on your family) of not taking action is much higher in the long term.

    3) Is there a guarantee of success?

    As a health care practitioner, our licensing boards forbid us from guaranteeing clinical results. However, we can guarantee your satisfaction with our services and can confidently say that our clinical outcomes are head-and-shoulders above drugs and surgery, both short term main long term. And most importantly…..with out the side effects. Most people are happy with this guarantee.

    4) Is the care addictive?

    There are NO chemicals with our care so it is impossible to be addicting. However, it may feel addicting to all of a sudden be able to function again with little to no pain or limitations.

    5) Can we help everyone?

    Absolutely not! And we know that. WE have to first examine your particular situation and history, coupled with your ultimate objectives with your health to determine your level of candidacy for our treatment and approach. Our reputation and your health are on the line and if we feel we ever risk either of these two critically important things, we would simply rather not take on your case as a patient but refer you out.

    6) How fast can I expect to see results?

    The majority of cases will see relief in just the first treatment simply because we are effectively relieving pressure on the joints that may have been building up for a while. However, most people will see good days and bad the first handful of treatments only to see many more good than bad as the body begins to heal and they turn the corner with true long term healing. Every one is different and the longer the condition has been there, the more complicated it can be in the beginning of treatment.