IDD Therapy


Non-Surgical Treatment for Sciatica, Slipped Discs, Trapped Nerves and Degenerative Disc Disease

Developed in the USA, IDD Therapy non-surgical decompression is changing the way sciatica and other chronic disc related conditions can be treated, without the need for injections or surgery.

It is a targeted treatment which relieves pressure on specific spinal discs and gently restores mobility.  It is used to treat low back pain, neck pain and sciatica where there is an underlying disc problem such as a herniated/slipped/prolapsed/bulging disc or where there is disc degeneration and inflammation of the facet joints.

IDD Therapy has been shown in several studies to be highly effective in reducing pain in patients with damaged spinal discs who have failed to respond to manual therapy and whose only other option had previously been spinal injection or even surgery.

IDD Therapy has been specifically developed to treat a broad range of debilitating conditions:

  • Sciatica
  • Slipped, Prolapsed, Herniated and Bulging Disc
  • Trapped Nerves in the back or neck
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Chronic Back and Neck Pain

Watch our IDD Therapy patient video to see how IDD Therapy works and what our patients say.

At the Sussex Back Pain Clinic we have been pioneering this treatment since 2010 and have since helped hundreds of patients avoid surgery, reduce or remove their reliance on painkillers and regain control of their lives.

Many of our patients’ stories have been featured in the national press and you can read these at the bottom of the page.

How IDD Therapy works

IDD Therapy is a mechanical spinal decompression treatment. It is precise and safe, using computer-controlled technology to distract (draw apart) and reduce the strain on specific spinal segments in either the lower back or neck where discs are worn, damaged or bulging.

This progressive and comprehensive treatment decreases your pain and achieves long term healing by:

  • Releasing pressure on discs and trapped nerves
  • Relaxing muscle spasm – the cause of most low back pain
  • Rehydrating and improving the healing of your discs
  • Taking the strain off spinal structures
  • Improving spinal mobility

By decompressing (taking pressure off) a prolapsed or slipped disc and stretching the soft tissues, it improves the mobility in the spine, allowing the body’s natural healing mechanisms to operate more efficiently. It is this process that can allow your body to retract a bulging disc thereby relieving pain caused by muscle spasm and alleviating trapped nerves and irritation caused by bulging discs.

For a simple explanation of how spinal decompression works watch this video.

Who can IDD Therapy help?

Most patients we see for IDD Therapy typically have chronic back pain, neck pain or leg pain, usually with an underlying disc problem.  By “chronic” we mean they have been experiencing pain for more than three months.

They may be suffering from a deep ache in the back or neck, which restricts movement, caused by degenerative changes in the disc or facet joints or shooting pains down the arm or leg, caused by a disc bulge pressing on or irritating a nerve as it exits the spine.  The most common nerve pain addressed by the therapy is sciatica (nerve pain which travels down the sciatic nerve through the buttocks and legs and sometimes into the foot causing pins and needles or numbness). Similarly, nerve entrapments in the neck will cause symptoms in the arm and hand.

When pain is not resolving and manual therapy is not working, IDD Therapy helps to bridge the treatment gap.  Rather than live in pain, or consider pain management, spinal injections or in extreme cases surgery, patients can undergo non-invasive, effective treatment.

Treatment is suitable for people of all ages including patients who have already undergone spinal surgery (provided there is no metal/surgical hardware in the spine).

Before and After MRI Scans

The MRI scans below show the spine of Julia, one of our patients. At 36 years old she was crippled with sciatic pain and underwent a course of IDD Therapy to decompress a large disc bulge at L4/5, circled in red, as seen on the left side ‘before’ scans.

The ‘after’ scans, taken 6 months later, shows the prolapse has all but disappeared. These results followed a six week course of IDD Therapy combined with rehabilitative exercise, after which, her severe sciatic leg pain had completely resolved. She has now been able to return to an active, pain-free life and is very happy again.

As with any medical procedure results will vary from person to person and cannot be guaranteed*.

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An Experienced Team

When it comes to your health you want to be assured that you are in safe hands. Established in 1990, and under the care of clinic director and lead osteopath Steve Morris, the Sussex Back Pain Clinic has been leading the way in spinal care for over 25 years.

As one of the first clinics in the UK to provide IDD Therapy we are experts in this field. We are part of a growing network of over 1000 clinics worldwide providing the therapy. We are dedicated to helping you if you are suffering from a disc condition in the low back or neck.

IDD Therapy is supported by a body of scientific evidence and all clinics use internationally-recognised research tools to monitor patient progress and outcomes. There is no such thing as a miracle cure for back pain and no treatment can guarantee 100% success, however IDD Therapy provides a clear treatment path for patients with unresolved back and neck pain.

 

A trial of IDD Therapy, published in the European Musculoskeletal Review, showed a 92% success rate (measured as a greater than 50% reduction in pain) in patients who had been told they would require surgery with an average success rate across all conditions treated of 82%.

Our IDD team is extremely dedicated in helping you with your disc condition, whether it be in the low back or neck, ensuring you receive the best treatment, care and advice, supporting you the whole way through your recovery.

IDD Therapy provides a technological advancement in the treatment of disc injuries.

What to expect from IDD Therapy

With IDD Therapy, you will undergo a course of treatment. For some patients, symptomatic relief can come suddenly but, for most, with longer standing conditions, change occurs more progressively.  Your supervising clinician will discuss your treatment plan with you.

Pain relief and improved quality of life are the key aspects of treatment.  The principal objective of IDD Therapy is to decompress the disc and restore mobility.  By progressively improving mobility in the spinal segment over the course of treatment, the body’s natural healing mechanisms can operate more efficiently and the goal of long term pain relief rather than a short term fix can be achieved.

Injections – patients who are considering or are having spinal injections can undergo IDD Therapy.  Most spinal injections are intended to relieve pain and create a pain-free window for other treatments.  Injections on their own do not address underlying compression and immobility of spinal segments and should be given in combination with structured rehabilitation to address the causes of a condition.

What’s the next step?

If you feel that we can help you with your problem and want to take the next step, all you need to do is call our dedicated IDD Therapy line on 01273 201866 where one of our IDD Therapy team will be able to talk with you about your condition and arrange an IDD Therapy Assessment appointment for you.

We schedule a whole hour with you so that we can spend enough time to really get a good idea of what is happening, to make sure that IDD Therapy is the best option for you and that you fully understand the treatment process. If we find that this treatment is not appropriate for your condition we will be able to advise you of other options.

During your assessment a full case history is taken, you will receive a thorough examination and, if you have any MRI scans or other investigations, these will be addressed as well. Once we have established what your problem is and why you still have it, we will discuss the treatment and what the outcomes are likely to be for you so that you can make an informed choice as to whether this treatment is for you. If we require any further investigation this can also be arranged for you at this stage.

Following your assessment, if you decide that you wish to proceed with this treatment you can usually commence your course of IDD Therapy within a week of your assessment.

To book an IDD Therapy Assessment appointment or if you would simply like some advice about your condition call us on 01273 201866

Meet the IDD Therapy Team

Steve Morris Osteopath

Steve Morris

Osteopath & Clinical Director, IDD Therapy Clinical Lead

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Melanie Evans

Practice Manager and IDD Coordinator

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Richard Glover

Associate Osteopath and Lead Functional Rehabilitation Clinician

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Sam Adams

Exercise Rehab Trainer

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Our Patients’ Stories in the Press

After a Few Sessions I Cancelled my Surgery

After a Few Sessions I Cancelled my Surgery

Leighton Batchelor, a 38 year old kitchen fitter, suffered debilitating disc and sciatic pain for nearly 6 years due to a herniated disc. Leighton had a six week course of IDD Therapy and, two years on, he remains out of pain.

The Rack That Cures Your Back

The Rack That Cures Your Back

Neil Cranston, the 44 year old MD of an events company, suffered for 4 years with a prolapsed disc causing excruciating pain in his lower back and hips.

Sciatica Left Me Almost Disabled

Sciatica Left Me Almost Disabled

Joanna Barrett, a 46 year old interior designer/property developer, suffered from a herniated disc and sciatica for 18 months. Two years on Joanna has no pain.

Recharge Your Health

Recharge Your Health

June Williams, a 66 year old retired care worker, suffered with degenerative disc disease and many years of agonising headaches, neck and back pain: “IDD was worth every penny. It seemed a small price to pay for a pain free life. I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s given me my life back”

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