Northtowne Chiropractic
Dr. Larry Van Such, DC, BE
Dr. Rick Horsfield, DC
Jamie Ike, LMT

2240 Morse Road
Columbus, Ohio 43229

Office Hours
Mon & Wed   9am - 12pm
  3pm - 5pm
Tue & Thur   12pm - 5pm
Fri   9am - 3pm
Sat   By Appt Only

(614) 428-9310


                                                 How much does treatment cost?

For about the cost of your normal insurance copayment per visit, you can receive spinal decompression treatment in our office.
  If you have been quoted prices in excess of several thousands of dollars for care from other clinics, this could be for several reasons: 1) When spinal decompression first became available, the decompression tables were very expensive, some costing in excess of one hundred thousand dollars!  Doctors who chose to purchase these expensive machines soon found themselves having to charge high rates to recover their costs. This of course was passed on to their patients.  2) Sometimes, these other clinics may group other treatment services together to arrive at this higher price.  3) Spinal decompression therapy is relatively new and a fair price (usual and customary) has yet to be determined by insurance companies.  Therefore, there currently is no guideline as to how much one should charge. 

Our philosophy is simple: 
Make spinal decompression therapy affordable to everyone!

How many treatments will it take to correct a herniated disc?

On the average, anywhere from 18-28 treatments are required to pull the contents of the nucleus pulposus back where they belong.  Each treatment takes about 25-30 minutes to complete.  There is no pain associated with the treatment.  Many people usually fall asleep while the therapy is being performed.

How long before I notice a difference in my symptoms?

Most people will feel a little better after the first treatment and usually begin to notice a reduction in their symptoms by the 7th or 8th treatment.

My doctor said I need surgery on my disc, what should I do?

At a minimum, get a second opinion.  Remember, surgery, whether it is successful or not, is permanent.  Plus, there are a lot of things that can go wrong during an operation.  If the doctor accidentaly nicks a nerve, you can get paralysis of the lower legs, you can lose feeling in your legs and a lot of times, there is so much scar tissue that develops from the surgery that your symptoms can actually get worse.  Sof if you are about to have surgery, you owe it to yourself to get a second opinion immediately.

With spinal decompression therapy, there are no side affects.  Either it works for you or it doesn't.  We are currently getting around a 75-80% success rate, so there is a very good chance that you will benefit from treatment.

Are the results of spinal decompression therapy long lasting?

Yes, there is a very high index of satisfaction that patients relate even long after treatment has ended.  Most people remain asymptomatic indefinitely.  If your case is very serious in the beginning, you may need an occasional session or two every month or so to keep the contents of the disc in their proper place to prevent your symptoms from returning.

Will people still be able to work while having this treatment done or will they have to take a couple of months off?

Most all cases of people who have spinal decompression therapy done still work.  But there may be some isolated situations where the kind of work you do may interfere with treatment.

If this is such a great treatment, why are most medical doctor's recommending surgery or medications to correct herniated discs or bulging discs?

Because this technology is so new, many doctor's do not even know it exists.  It takes a lot of time and effort to learn about new things and many doctors are either not interested or do not have the time.

Also, medical doctors are conditioned to either write you a prescription for your back problem and if that does not work, they recommend physical therapy or surgery.  And if you are taking prescription medication for a back problem consider this; you are trying to correct a mechanical/structural problem that being the herniated disc and the compression of the spine, using a chemical solution, that being the medication.  There is no way medication was was ever intended to correct this type of problem.  It was designed to mainly mask your symptom long enough to get you out of thier office.

Let's also mention that unfortunately there are financial incentives to perform surgery and this is not good either.

For people reading this article that are told they have a herniated disc and thier doctor says they need surgery, why should they come in and see us?

All of the literature says that as much as possible, try to avoid surgery.  Statistically less than 50% have success. Also there are a lot of variables and a lot of risk on top of that, you are going down a slippery slope of being predisposed to having back surgery even more frequently in the future and compared to spinal decopression therapy, you have an 86% chance or greater of success.  Some doctors reporting even higher so that we can get the nucleus pulposes back to the middle through safe, non-surgical spinal decompression. 

Will insurance or worker's compensation cover my treatment?

Spinal decompression therapy is covered by most insurance companies, workers compensation and personal injury/auto accident claims.  This makes it affordable to most people who need these services.  In the event that you do not have any of these types of coverage, payment arrangements can be made through our office.  Our goal is to make spinal decompression therapy affordable to everyone.