What is DRS: Decompression, Reduction, & Stabilization (DRS) protocol is a type of non-surgical spinal decompression which has become an increasingly popular option for patients facing problems with bulging, herniated and/or degenerated spinal discs, and directly related conditions.
How DRS works: Once approved for this procedure by a trained spinal-decompression provider, you will lie on an FDA cleared treatment table. The table is controlled by a computer module and has been created for the specific purpose of ‘unloading’ your spinal discs. What occurs is that the computer directs the table to open underneath your problematic disc, thus distracting the spine at this level.
What you should expect from DRS: Your program should be directed by an experienced clinician who takes several factors into consideration in customizing treatment for your specific spinal condition. You should receive a fairly comprehensive consultation and evaluation prior to receiving treatment of this nature to include specific orthopedic and neurological tests. Everything should be explained to you.
Who benefits from DRS: Not everyone responds well to this type of treatment, but with proper attention to you, an experienced clinician should be able to give you a rough estimate of the likelihood of this benefiting you and if so, how long it will take. This treatment can be very gentle and even appropriate for patients of advanced age who may not be appropriate candidates for other more invasive spinal treatments.
More information: If you are interested in more specific information regarding this treatment, we suggest you look at the information made available by our colleague Dr. Richard Busch in Fort Wayne, Indiana.