Specialized surgery alternative for the relief of severe cases back pain or neck pain​

The DRS Protocol stands for Decompression, Reduction and Stabilization. This means decompression of the damaged joint, reducing the disc bulge, and reducing the amount of pressure on the spinal nerve and and spinal cord, and then stabilizing the patient to prevent a reinjury. This can take around 30 treatments on average over the course of 6-10 weeks.

If you suffer from chronic low back pain or neck pain there is a solution! Many of our patients have tried everything to relieve their back pain or neck pain including physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, advil, tylenol, pain medications, epidurals, spinal fusion, back and neck surgery or they have been told to just live with the pain. You can be pain free.

Dr. Nicholas LaHood, D.C. specializes in the relief of low back pain or neck pain and utilizes a safe and effective treatment, The DRS Protocol™, found at only a handful of chiropractors clinics across the country.

The DRS Protocol™ is a comprehensive combination of treatments, which include spinal decompression, and multiple therapies and utilizes “Patient Centered Healthcare” and “best practice” approach. The DRS Protocol™ has been proven most effective for involved and chronic disc conditions: degenerative disc disease, herniated disc(s), numbness and tingling of the hands/arms and legs/feet, as well as sciatica, posterior facet syndrome, spinal stenosis and failed back and neck surgeries. We customize treatment for each patient’s needs, as each patient’s health and condition is individual.

How Does DRS™ Work?

DRS™ stands for Decompression, Reduction and Stabilization. The DRS™ treatment applies an “axial” or distractive force to the injured disc levels. During treatment, intradiscal pressure is dropped from a positive to a negative. This negative pressure promotes the diffusion, or intake, of water, oxygen, and nutrients into the vertebral disc area, thereby rehydrating the degenerated disc.

​Repeated pressure differential promotes retraction of a herniated nucleus pulposus (the elastic core of the intervertebral disc). In other words, the DRS™ treatment reduces pressure inside of the disc. This reduces the painful herniation and the pain from other disc-related degenerative conditions. The pressure reduction results in increased blood flow to the injured area, reduction of pain, increased mobility, and tissue repair.

In research studies, the conclusions were that for patients with appropriate back pain conditions, DRS™ is a “front-line, premier treatment.”