As Heard On
As Heard On

Comparison of Treatments

Compare Treatments

  • Non-Surgical ADR Protocol ™

      Pros

    • Very High Success Rate: Better than 8 out of 10 cases
    • Painless—many patients fall asleep during treatment
    • Drug free
    • Very Safe: Virtually impossible to end up worse than where you started
    • 1/10th the cost of most surgeries
    • Can help with many conditions that other treatments, such as surgery, chiropractic and physical rehabilitation, can’t help with

      Cons

    • Not every patient can undergo this treatment. Women who are pregnant, people with severe osteoporosis, and people with abdominal aortic aneurysms cannot receive this treatment.
  • Surgery

      Pros

    • Some patients experience permanent pain relief

      Cons

    • Risky: Surgery is truly a last resort as there is a chance you could end up worse off afterwards
    • Pain Relief is only temporary – Post operative pain is managed by continued narcotics, which can become dependent.
    • Low Success Rate: Many procedures have less than a 50% success rate
    • Painful and Long recovery time
    • Very Expensive
  • Pain Pills: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

      Pros

    • Immediate pain relief

      Cons

    • Not a Lasting Solution: It is similar to taking a pain killer to deal with a tooth ache caused by a cavity, no amount of pills will fix the cause of your pain (the injured or degenerated disc)
    • Without the pain, you are more likely to re-injure yourself
    • According to WebMD, 16,500 people die and 103,000 people are hospitalized each year because of NSAID-related problems
    • Highly addictive.
  • Nerve Blocks/Spinal Injections

      Pros

    • Immediate pain relief

      Cons

    • Epidural injections are NOT FDA approved for the spine.
    • Extremely dangerous.
    • Can cause Arachnoiditis (severe neurologic conditions, loss of vision, paralysis, and death.)
    • Accelerates bone and tissue breakdown.
    • Not a Lasting Solution: It is similar to taking a pain killer to deal with a tooth ache caused by a cavity, no amount of pills will fix the cause of your pain (the injured or degenerated disc)
    • Without the pain, you are more likely to re-injure yourself
    • Increase blood sugar levels
    • Very Expensive
  • Physical Rehabilitation

      Pros

    • Can sometimes provide permanent pain relief
    • Low Risk

      Cons

    • May be limited in performing the actual movements due to the intensity of pain.
    • Only targets the muscular component.
    • Low success rate with chronic and lingering conditions
    • Treatment can take months, if not years
  • Traction

      Pros

    • Some patients experience relief

      Cons

    • Rarely Effective: The body naturally resists having the spine pulled on by tensing up. The act of tensing up the muscles typically keeps the disc from being stretched which is what is truly needed for the disc to heal
    • In some cases the battle between the body and the traction pull can make conditions worse
    • Does not increase intradiscal pressure.
    • Does not target a specific spinal disc level.
  • Bed Rest

      Pros

    • Sometimes works

      Cons

    • Puts your life on hold for months at a time
    • Can make your condition worse due to muscles becoming weaker due to lack of use. Weak back muscles make it more likely for you to re-injury yourself
  • Doing Nothing or Waiting It Out

      Pros

    • Works for the most mild of conditions

      Cons

    • Accelerates the degenerative process.
    • Advances muscle weakness, decreased sensation and pain intensity.
    • Never damage may become irreversible.
    • Most cases, if left untreated, only get worse because it’s not possible to stop using the back or neck, and thus relieve pressure on the disc and nerves, which is necessary for healing to occur.

Get Started with a Pain-Free Life

  • Schedule a comprehensive evaluation with our doctor
  • An advanced option that works where others have failed
  • We tailor your treatment based on your health history
  • We’ll address your specific conditions & individual needs
  • Dedicated to helping people with their pain

In Pain? Contact Us Today!

If you’ve been suffering from chronic neck or back pain, we can help restore your quality of life and find maximum improvement. Call ProMED Pain Rehabilitation Institute at (630) 426-3270 today.

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