Dr. Smith diagnosed my injury after I went to several orthopedic specialists who had no clue what was wrong. I could barely walk because of low back pain. He was able to treat my injuries to alleviate my intense pain with the DRX and adjustments. The laser treatments increased the speed of my recovery and I feel like I'll be running marathons again very soon. I would highly recommend him!!
Have Cortisone Shots or Ibuprofen Fixed it Yet?
Our Unique Approach: Laser Therapy with Spinal Decompresion
Patients we accept get results they have been unable to get anywhere else. Even after years of appointments and treatments.
The difference in the relief you will get with Elite Performance can be significant. Patients throughout the Salt Lake and Utah Valleys tell us this is in part due to the use of a combination of high-end medical technologies that can be found nowhere else.
Other factors include our medical tech experience, thorough diagnosis protocols, and a determination to maintain our 90% success rate at eliminating back pain. Dr. Smith, DC spends time getting to know you and what you are experiencing through two low-cost diagnostic appointments, and any necessary x-rays. He then takes the time to show you your results and talk through what he feels is the right solution for you, and why his recommendations will result in the most complete recovery in the shortest period of time for your situation. We know what we are capable of and in what scenarios we are likely your very best solution. Which means we will recommend you work with another specialist in our network instead of us or along with us, if that represents the best path for you to become pain free.
When you visit Elite Performance you can expect us to create a set of guided procedures that are custom to you. By implementing the plan we design, you will begin to reduce your pain immediately. We will also work to eliminate the root cause of your pain by reducing any pressure that may occur along your spinal cord or nerves passing through your vertebrae. One platform we use for recovery, is our proprietary Lazr-DcomTM protocols, accompanied by in-home exercises and other recommendations that together will promote movement of oxygen, water and nutrient-rich fluids into your spinal discs, that will assist your body in creating long-lasting and even permanent "self-healing".
When the plan we create for you is followed we guarantee you will feel better. In most cases you will also be put on a path to avoid surgery indefinitely, and able to ditch ibuprofen, other NSAID's, and cortisone shots for good.
Dr.Smith has treatments in his office that most other chiropractors don’t.
DRX Spinal Decompression - Motorized Traction
Used only for llower back, lumbar related pain; our office boasts one of the only DRX9000 decompression machines in the state of Utah. Its effectiveness is primarily driven by our experience. For 18 years Dr. Smith DC has been using the DRX True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression™ System to treat patients incapacitated by low back pain. Including: posterior facet syndrome, sciatica, herniated discs sand more. When used, DRX work is done in combination with additional therapy and manipulations with either Dr. Smith, DC, or a trained staff member. Through the process, you will come to see that there is a big difference between true decompression and traction. Our decompression gets long-lasting results rather than the common termporary results many see from traction. For some, Dr. Smith's experience and knowledge about when and how to use the DRX in combination with other treatments, has been a game changer.
Light Cure Massage + MLS Robotic Laser Therapy
If injections are used to control your pain, you now have an alternative that is completely safe and painless.
Our Lightforce handheld lasers are extremely effective at elimimating back injury and other related back pain. These lasers include massage balls that are used by our chiropractic staff to manually pinpoint and address the areas that where you need relief.
A more recent addition is our MLS Robotic guided laser which can be significantly better for certain conditions. It penetrates deeper, has a broader spectrum of frequencies and has been proven to speed up recovery.
What Is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal Cord Decompression elimnates compression in the spongy disc cartilaginous tissue between vertebrae by applying negative pressure, opposite of the pressure that gravity applies.
What Conditions Does Spinal Deompression Therapy Help?
Spinal decompression therapy works only on the lower back (lumbar) and neck (cervical) portions of the spine, and has been shown to help with the following conditions...
- slipped discs
- bone spurs
- degenerative disc disease (DDD)
- herniated discs
- facet disease
- foramina stenosis
- pinched nerves
What Causes Spinal Compression?
- Gravity and aging
- Spinal injuries
- Spinal tumors
- Certain bone diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Disc degeneration
- Abnormal spine alignment (scoliosis)
Spinal compression is the second biggest cause of back pain. Second only to muscle and ligament injury.
What are the Symptoms of Spinal Cord Compression?
- Pain and stiffness along the spine in the neck, back, or lower back
- Burning pain that is felt in your arms, buttocks or legs (sciatica)
- Numbness, weakness and cramping in your legs, arms and hands
- Loss of sensation in your feet
- Trouble with your hand or leg coordination
- Weakness in a foot, causing you to limp
What is the Difference Between Acute and Chronic Disc Compression?
- Acute: heals on its own within six weeks
- Subacute: heals on its own within six weeks to 3 months
- Chronic: doesn't heal easily with pain persisting for 3 months or longer
How Do You Eliminate Spinal Disc Compression?
Depending on the type and severity of disc compression, and how fast you want to heal. Your solution will fall into one, perhaps all three of the following categories...
1. Self-Heal With No Medical Intervention (~90% of cases)
DIY for mild and non-chronic back pain
The gel-like discs between your vertebrae are shock absorbers that naturally compress and decompress thousands of times every day. Like the cartilage in your nose or ears, if you move them, they will "bounce back" to their original position. Even when strained, injured or overworked, your spinal discs can to an extent self-heal. Because of this, spinal cord decompression is most often achieved by reducing the activity causing the compression. For example: less weight lifting, skiing, jogging, etc. Sometimes you may need to eliminate these activities for several months, and change your diet to help your body self-heal quicker. Applying ice for imflamation and heat to encourage healing, doing the right stretches and exercises, and in some cases bed rest for no more than one to three days can all help to restore your discs to their previous non-painful state.
2. Non-Invasive, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy (~99% of cases)
Chiropractors & Physical Therapists
When discs are unable to "bounce back"on their own, or return to a non-painful position fast enough--non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy will support and accelerates self-healing. Some may opt for steroid injections and NSAID's with the hope that it will buy them enough time for their body to heal itself. But drugs with side-effects and usually arent' enough. Espeically with pain that is chronic or incapacitating. Assisting your body in its own recovery is what Chiropractors do. Physical Therapists, while not trained to do decompression they compliment the work chiropractors do through mobility and strength work. With gentle stretching of the spine through machine assisted traction and manual manipulations you will reduce compression, allowing your body to more easily return deformed discs to the previous healthier form.
Pain Management with steroid injections into your spine, can be your quickest path to relief. Injections can also be an effective way to diagnose the location of a "pinched" nerve. This is purely a band-aid, that has possible side-effects that can increase as you continue to use this as a primary pain management method.
3. Spinal Decompression Surgery and Pain Management Implants (~1% of cases)
Neurosurgeons & Orthopedic Specialists
Surgical Implants - A spinal cord stimulator or drug-delivery systems ("pain pumps") implanted just into your back jusbe below the waste line can eliminate 50% to 70% of your pain, creating a relatively effective solution for chronic back pain management. Like surgeries this is only recommended when conservative non-invasive options have all failed.
Decompression Surgery - If your spinal compression is due to an infection or tumor, surgery is your only option. Depending on the type of Spinal decompression surgery, success rates are anywhere from 50% to 90% in achieving some relief. Fusion surgery, which fuses two vertebrae together will typically decrease pain by 50 percent. So if your pain on a scale of 1 to 10 is an 8, after surgery it would be about a 4. And the relief may last only a few years before the condition worsens again. The possible alternatives also have high failure rates1, but lesser so, such as laminectomy for Stenoisis, which involves removing the lamina on the back of a vertabrae to create more space for the "pinched" nerve, or a discectomy for herniated or bulging disc where a surgeon cuts away and removes the part of a disc pressing against a nerve. But these too may not be the best course of action as studies suggest that a year of non-surgical, non-invasive therapy is about as effective at relieving pain as a discectomy.2 This is why non-surgical amd conservative intervention must always be exahausted first. The success rate ofback surgeries is as low as 70% If you have a bone spur that has grown in such a way to pinch a nerve, or
1 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5106227/
2 - https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/when-is-back-surgery-the-right-choice
How Many People Suffer from Spinal Cord Compression?
Hours of research on the web will likely not yield a satisfactory answer. But it's safe to say that millions of people each year in the United States suffer from spinal disc compression.
One estimate of the number of people that suffer from herniated discs each year in the United States is 1.5 to 6 million people.1 With 95% of these herniated discs occuring at the lower lumbar spine.2 A herniated disc represents just one type of compression. There are people that also suffer from scoliosis, bulging discs, DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease) and other abnormalities such as bone diseases, infection scoliosis, and tumors. If you were to include non-compression related causes, there are 31 million Americans that experience lower lumbar back pain,3 And millions of others with cervical pain, thoracic back pain and sacrum related pain.
Beyond complexitiy, an accurate estimate beyond "millions" is difficult, because so many that have disc compression, have no pain. One study found that one-third of all people, that have no back pain, still have some abnormatily in their spine that is detectable. And if you are 60 years or older, even with no pain, chances that you have a herniated, degenerated or bulging disc, spinal stenosis or other abnormality that will show up on an MRI, skyrockets to more than 90%!4 Combine this with extreme difficulty of diagnosis and the related difficulty of preventing acute pain from converting to chronic pain5 for 16 million people in the U.S6.... and one thing is certain: Correct correlation between back pain and the its cause is extremely difficult.
1 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK441822/
2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2907819/
3 - https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/What-is-Chiropractic/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics
4 - https://smhs.gwu.edu/orthopaedic-surgery/sites/orthopaedic-surgery/files/Boden%20Lumbar%20Disk.pdf
5 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1496956/
6 - https://hpi.georgetown.edu/backpain/
What Causes Compression of the Spinal Cord?
When the size and form of a spinal cord disc changes due to Injuries, Aging or rare Abnormalities, this is called compression. These spongy, flexible disks sit between each verterbrae and represent one of the most vulnerable parts of your spine. Due to Injuries, and Aging, they can become compressed and in turn put pressure on the spinal cord or on nerves branching out from your spine. This can cause any number of Disc Disorders. Symptoms may include: numbness, weakness, tingling and severe pain. If you experience whiplash in an auto-accident, or impact to your back during a fall or while playing a sport; there is a good chance that you "compressed" one of your spinal discs. This compression is comonly known as in a bulging or herniated disk. A herniate disk is when the nucleous breaks through the stronger outside material of a disk, and is also known as a torn, ruptured or slipped disc. Other than accidents, compression does eventually occur to nearly all of us with either "overuse" or age. With nearly all adults over 60 years old experiencing some disc thinning and degeneration. This wearing out of your spinal discs, is caused through natural water loss or dehydration, and the wear and tear that comes with aging. Eventually discs can lose their flexibility and become extremely compressed and thin, causing a condition known as Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). Osteophytes, or bone spurs, are other abnormalities that over time can contribute to compression, or "narrowing," that applies pressure on nerves, and in turn cause back pain.
What is a Herniated Disc (Herniated Disk)?
This is a type injury that is also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, which is a tear in the in annulus. A herniated disk is when the softer annulus is pushed out through the tougher fibrous outer layer. Pain is caused when a fragment of the disc is pushed into the spinal canal, creating pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves branching off the spine.
Can Herniated Discs Heal Faster with Non-Surgical Decompression?
Yes. Your time to heal will be shortened when a well designed treatment plan including decompression is followed. It is always recommended to attempt non-surgical means before looking into a surgical solution.
Neck Pain & Cervical Spine Decompression Therapy
If you struggle with chronic neck pain, decompression therapy through manual manipuations or motorized traction guided by one of our trained practitioners can effectively reduce chronic pain and discomfort in the neck and arms.
Complete treatment can consist 15 or more sessions that last just a few minutes.
Save your effort, time and money addressing the symptoms of spinal compression. By realigning the spinal discs, you address the root cause of your neck pain, and eliminate any unnatural tension. Pain relief follows naturally.
Lower Back Pain or Lumbar Spine Decompression Therapy
The majority of patients we see suffer from lower back pain. If we had to pick one area where we have more experience than any other, it would be in reducing and eliminating pain for good for those who suffer from lower back pain. The number one cause of back pain is muscle strains and ligament sprains. A close second is abnormalities in the spine that have caused pressure on sensitive spinal tissue. These abnormalities include:
- Spinal stenosis
- Postoperative recovery
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet syndrome
Regardless of whether you have a diagnosis or not, Dr. Smith offers to free visits, with x-rays and an adjustment for just $27. Contact us to get on Dr. Smith's schedule below.
Spinal decompression for sciatica
If you feel pain your spine that also radiates down the back of the leg, this is Sciatica. It can at times effect both legs, but usually affects only one.
Whether your sciatia is the result of lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylolistheis< pregnancy or muscle spasms in the lower back or buttocks, we will create a plan that, if followed, will reduce, and perhaps eliminate your sciatica pain.
What a great experience! Their new building is great! I came in with some lower back pain, and walked away feeling really loosened up, after spending a few minutes doing some electro therapy on the roller table.
Treatment Options: Solutions for a Compressed Spine
What Medical Practitioner should you see for your back pain?
Dr. Smith will introduce to your options within and outside of chiropractic care, with the goal of helping you achieve optimal results within your budget and in the shortest amount of time. Read through this section to understand when another trained professional, or a trained and experienced chiropractor is the way to go. In short - who should you see?
Doctor Smith has taken excellent care of me and my family. He has helped pinpoint the problems that other doctors have failed to identify for years. Dr. Smith is also honest. If he can’t treat you, he will explain why, and recommend someone who can. If your condition requires surgical intervention, or some other service he does not offer, he will be straight with you and not try to keep you paying for services you don’t need. He has managed to produce a substantial reduction in my pain and discomfort both in the short and long term. He has also charged very reasonable rates, and sometimes nothing after insurance. Despite how busy he is, he has always made time to hear me out and answer my questions. The other staff members have all treated me well and seemed knowledgeable about their therapies. They have also gone far out of their way to be flexible for scheduling, and have not complained on the many occasions I have had something come up last second and had to cancel. I highly recommend this place to anyone experiencing back, neck, or other chiropractic issues.
Chiropractors are licensed health care professionals that act as primary care providers6 for muskuloskeletal and nervous system related pain using non-drug and non-surgical interventions that complement the body’s ability to heal itself. As a first point of contact, chiropractors will often refer patients to medical and other specialists.
Manipulation therapy and other treatments of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and cartilage (spinal discs) are designed to create direct relief in the muskuloskeletal system, and indirect relief in the nervous system by reducing pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue in and near the spine.
Other forms of treatment, such as exercise and nutritional counseling may be used to complement recovery and over all wellness.
6 - https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/spine-specialists/primary-care-providers
Primary Care Physician
Medical Doctors (MD) and Doctor of Osteopathics (DO) practicing as Family doctors, Internists, Obstetricians, Gynecologists, or Pediatricians are all great avenues for receiving primary care. In each case they can provide prescriptions for your pain, which can provide immediate relief.
Physical therapists focus on restoring mobility, such as rehabilitating a patient after surgery. Like a chiropractor a licensed physical therapist may recommend therapy using heat, ultrasounds and massage therapy for muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, which means there is overlap between the two discipline as they relate to inflammation in the musculoskeletal system. The primary area of difference when compared to Chiropractors is Physical Therapists don't treat Nervous System related issues. PT's are more focused on restoring mobility and strength after the root issue has been identified. Whereas Chiropractors are certified to diagnose many medical conditions and resolve the root issue causing pain.
This said, Chiropractic and Physical Therapy are complementary. Dr. Smith DC works closely with Physical Therapists where we work to help you regain nerve function and spinal alignment, and the physical therapist helps you improve strength and better range of montion, which can reinforce and "hold" the adjustment helping to create a more premanent positie effect.
Neurosurgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, Orthopedic Specialist
If you have a bulging or collpased disk, thickend joints, loosened ligaments and bony growths then Spinal Decompression Surgery may be your best option. The different surgical procedures include a corpectomy, a discectomy, a laminotomy, a foraminotomy, a spinal disc replacement or osteophyte removal, any of which can be performed by a Neurosurgeon or an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon. Dr. Smith will talk you through these options and help you understand when this is clearly the route you should go.
Rheumatologists specialize in autoimmune conditions or chronic disease within the muscoloskeletal system. If you have received a clinical diagnosis of osteopathic or rheumatoid arthritis, or any other rheumatic condition, prescriptions may be your best option. If you would like to consider an alternative to medication, Dr. Smith, DC has been successful in treating auto-immune related discomfort and pain.
Integrative Health Practitioners
Some patients that visit Elite Performance Health Center, for any number of reasons, have decided they want to exhaust all possibilities before going the route of prescriptions, injections or surgery. We honor this decision and in addition to working with mainstream medicine practitioners we also work with a network of naturopathic doctors and other latertiave medicine professionals that get results and provide reputable integrative health and functional medicine solutions, with the intention of looking more holisticially at their patient's needs.