IDD Therapy


IDD Therapy® – Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy® is a form of decompression therapy (computerized traction) that is promising for relieving lower back or neck pain.

IDD Therapy® is an innovative approach for the relief of lower back syndromes, including:
Herniated or bulging discs
Degenerative disc disease
Posterior facet syndrome
Acute or chronic back pain

IDD Therapy® is non-surgical, non-invasive, and does not involve pain medications. The treatment is not only safe and painless, but also comfortable and relaxing. The course of therapy includes approximately 20 treatment sessions and is completed in about 35 days. Each procedure is performed with a unique, patent pending physio-therapeutic device and is performed under the supervision of our doctors. The treatment sessions are brief, lasting approximately 30 minutes.
How Does IDD Fit In With My Physical Therapy?
Decompression therapy, or spinal decompression is a treatment for disc herniation in either the cervical or the lumbar spine. Decompression therapy utilized a computerized, mechanized motor device for producing traction on the spine, to reduce the intradiscal pressure, to reduce the size of disc herniation.

IDD Therapy is utilized as an add-on component in additional to physical therapy for some but not all patients. The treatment while promising and beneficial for most well-selected patients, is not as yet fully studied. The treatment primarily produces benefit through spinal traction. Most insurances currently consider decompression therapy ‘experimental’ or ‘investigational’ and will not cover it’s cost. But at $50 per session, it is an alternative treatment that is less costly than most other standard conservative treatments and alternative options including medications, massages, acupuncture and chiropractic.

Traction therapy has long been utilized to treat neck and back pain and it’s use is common place. The problem with traction therapy however is that previous to the new generation of decompression machines, they were simple pulleys that provided simple static tension. It is not uncommon for patients undergoing static tension traction therapy to experience discomfort. And with discomfort, patients tend to tense up, leading to muscle tension development opposite the direction of traction tension – thus the two together produce a canceling effect, diminishing the benefit of traction.

There are several makers with varying versions of the spine decompression machine, including IDD, VAX-D, SpineMED and DRX9000. These machines have been marketed by some healthcare providers as “space age technology”, “FDA approved” or “breakthrough treatment”, but in all fairness spine decompression therapy is simply traction – but much more advanced than those previously available. And the results are promising.

With the new generation of decompression machines, such as Accu-Spina’s IDD Therapy, the therapist can program in the parameters for tension development including: high tension, treatment time, progression time, regression time, high hold, low hold and whether to add oscillation at the maximum tension. The benefit is that with gradual tension development, the patient is able to tolerate higher tension levels, for longer periods of time, with less discomfort, and each subsequent treatment can be programmed so as to gradually increase the treatment parameters for best results.

How does IDD Therapy® work?

IDD Therapy® can isolate each lumbar vertebrae (L1, L2, L3, L4 or L5) and distract the vertebrae surrounding an injured disc 5 to 7 millimeters. The 25 to 30 minute treatment provides static, intermittent, and cycling forces on structures that may be causing low back pain.

During treatment, intradiscal pressure is dropped from a positive 25 millimeters mercury to a negative 150 millimeters mercury. This negative pressure promotes the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrients into the vertebral disc area, thereby re-hydrating the degenerated disc. Repeated pressure differential promotes retraction of a herniated nucleus pulposus (the elastic core of the intervertebral disc).

The IDD Therapy® treatment can

  • reduce pressure on the vertebral joints,
  • promote retraction of herniated discs,
  • promote self healing and rehabilitation of damaged discs,
  • thereby relieving low back pain.
  • Multiple sessions are required to achieve optimal results.