How Much Does IDD Therapy Cost in the UK?
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Understanding IDD Therapy Costs in the UK

IDD Therapy is fast becoming the treatment of choice for many people suffering from chronically damaged discs and painful nerve entrapments in the neck and low back. And this emerging treatment technology is being used more widely in the UK to treat Spinal disc damage as a realistic alternative to surgery without the inherent risks of more invasive procedures.

But how much does IDD therapy cost in the UK?

With the numbers of clinics in the UK offering this therapy steadily growing, determining the exact cost of IDD Therapy can be complex due to various factors.

Initial Consultation

Firstly, every clinic providing IDD Therapy should offer you an initial consultation to make sure that a disc problem is properly diagnosed, that it’s most likely to be causing your problem and that IDD Therapy is a good choice for you. IDD should not be offered if there is no evidence of disc injury or facet joint problems.

Expect to pay anything between £75 – £125 for an assessment appointment, depending on the geographical location, the size of the clinic and the experience of the clinician.

MRI

An MRI will usually be required as part of the diagnostic criteria and if you haven’t already had one, your provider should be able to refer you for this. This will normally cost anywhere between £220- £480, depending on geographical region and availability of scanners, time that you are willing to wait and any preferential rates that the clinic has negotiated with their local MRI provider. But always ensure that your MRI is fully reported on by a consultant radiologist.

Treatment Sessions

As most of the clinics in the UK are independent, there is no standard fee for the actual IDD Therapy treatments themselves, and they can really charge what they want. However, the cost of each individual IDD Therapy session in the UK tends to range from anywhere between £70 and £100. But IDD Therapy isn’t a one-off treatment; it’s a series aimed at healing over time, so you will need a course of IDD sessions.

Patients often explore IDD Therapy after conventional methods like chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathy, or spinal injections have failed. Some might be considering surgery as a last resort.

The number of treatments needed depends on factors such as the extent of disc damage, location (neck or low back), patient age, duration of symptoms, degree of degenerative changes, and any existing conditions like neurological disorders or diabetes. Most patients come to IDD Therapy having suffered with their problem for at least a couple of months and sometimes significantly longer than this. Their disc damage has probably been happening over a long period of time and has led to some chronic physiological changes in the disc that need addressing if the disc is going to be allowed to heal properly

It therefore requires a series of treatments to do this, each of which will build on the last and with gradually increasing decompression the abnormal physiological changes can be reversed and your disc can heal properly.

A typical course for disc damage to repair in the neck requires 10-14 IDD sessions, while for the low back repair might need 20-25 IDD sessions.

Additional Therapies and Reviews

However, IDD Therapy is often used in conjunction with other therapies, such as manual manipulation, acupuncture, laser therapy, electrotherapy or rehab exercise to deal with any secondary problems that are often present with disc injury, to ensure a good long term outcome, and often these will be charged on top of the IDD sessions.

Similarly, some clinics will have formal review appointments, with a structured process and data collection to ensure that you are hitting your milestones and that things are going to plan, and these will incur a fee. Whereas others will do this more informally during your treatment sessions and so no extra fee will be charged.

Clinic Approaches and Pricing Structures

Another factor that will determine the cost of your IDD Therapy course will be the approach of the individual clinics. Some will aim to get you out of pain and stop treatment once this is achieved but most will want to do all they can to ensure that the most optimum environment for healing is established to gain better long-term outcomes for you and work towards the prevention of re-injury.

Just to make things even more ambiguous, the pricing structure also tends to vary, with some clinics having a ‘shopping basket’ approach, charging per item of treatment. Whilst others will have a package plan that covers everything that is needed. And still others will have a hybrid of both, with blocks of treatment being available to purchase.

Some will require payment upfront, whereas others may split the fee over 2-3 payments, with others collecting payment at each treatment. However, it’s not unusual for clinics to offer some discount for paying upfront and to offer some sort of payment scheme over a longer timeframe to help you.

It’s always a good idea to get a proper quotation before embarking on any IDD Treatment, to make sure that you are aware of all the potential costs and exactly how much your course of treatment is going to cost you, if your provider doesn’t offer a full treatment package, so that you don’t get any nasty surprises further down the line.

So, there you have it! I hope that this has at least shed some light on the pricing structure and how much you are likely to pay for a course of IDD Therapy.

Although there are many differences in pricing structures across the UK, with all things being considered and even with London prices, it’s unlikely that a full course of IDD Therapy treatment will cost more than £2500, including any adjunctive treatments or rehab programmes.

However, some more severe degenerative conditions may require longer term management programmes of 3-4 treatments a year to keep the condition at bay and stop the problem returning.

Given the great outcomes that are achieved by using IDD Therapy, as part as a recovery process, as well as the fact that these disc conditions can have a huge negative impact on you in terms of pain and quality of life, this represents incredibly good value and is a relatively small price for getting your life back, especially when considering the costs and risks of surgical procedures.

Author:

Steve Morris is an industry leading Osteopath with over three decades of hands-on experience. As one of the pioneering figures to introduce IDD Therapy in the UK back in 2010, Steve has not only established himself as a leading authority in the non-surgical treatment of disc conditions, but he’s also recognised as one of the country’s foremost experts in mechanical decompression through IDD Therapy.



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