Eat Well and Exercise for the Health of Your Knees

The number of patients visiting doctors due to sudden pain in their knees increase during the summer holidays. Today, let’s learn about knee cartilage inflammation, including its causes and symptoms, so you can better plan your summer vacation by understanding what you should and should not do.

What is degenerative arthritis of the knee?

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Exercises to Strengthen Core for Your Lower Back

Disc herniation in the lower back results from chronic imbalance in the spinal joints. One way to prevent this is to strengthen the core muscles that support the spine. Different exercises are prescribed for different people depending on the levels of pain they experience in their lower backs.  Inappropriate exercises can, in fact, damage the lower back and make pain even worse. Today, we will share with you a step-by-step guide to exercising your core muscles and waist that can be applied at different levels of core strength. Continue reading »

Cervical disc herniation: How high or low should your pillow be?

Our modern lifestyle puts us at a great risk for cervical disc herniation. As the amount of time people spend on their smartphones, computer screens, or watching TV increase, so do the number of people complaining of pain in the backs of their necks. Cervical disc herniation is a result of our maintaining our necks in the same and inappropriate posture for too long. Therefore, correcting one’s posture is key to treating this disease. Because we spend almost a third of our day sleeping, it is particularly important to keep our necks in the most comfortable posture possible while we sleep. For this purpose, it is critical to select pillows of the right size and height. Continue reading »

Simple Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

The human body is designed in a way that allows it to recover its natural strength and energy in sleep. Sound sleep is essential to good health. When we feel under the weather, it is critical that we get enough sleep to restore the function of our immune systems and to regenerate our cells. What can we do to ensure that we get a good night’s sleep every night? Continue reading »

Combating Numbness in the Lower Back and the Legs

If you have ever been to a doctor because of chronic lower-back pain, you probably noticed that the doctor also asked you whether you feel numbness in your legs as well. The spinal canal, through which the spinal nerves run, extends to the lower back. The nerves in this canal extend to the legs. In other words, if you experience numbness or pain in your legs in addition to your lower-back pain, it is very likely that not only your spinal muscles, but also your spine itself may be in trouble. Continue reading »

New DDS Cervitrac Cervical Traction Collar Now Available!

The DDS Cervitrac is the most comprehensive cervical traction collar on the market today.

It’s the first device that offers the option to receive pneumatic traction while lying down in the supine position or upright for mobile treatment. Never be restricted to the confines of a doorway again! PDAC/Medicare/Insurance approved for E0849.

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Prepare For The End of Daylight Savings Time This Weekend

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“Most people in the United States will experience low back pain.”

About 40% of people will experience low back at least once in their lives.  Knowing exactly what causes low back pain is hardly an easy task.   Continue reading »


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Painkillers Do More Harm Than Good

Time recently published an article outlining a new study, by the American Academy of Neurology, that shows that powerful painkillers do little to improve the daily functioning in a patient’s life for chronic pain unrelated to cancer.  Continue reading »

Prevent and/or Reduce Back Pain

There’s no shortage of tips for a healthy back and anyone who has ever experienced low back pain knows just how valuable these words of advice actually are.  Katherine Braun, Clinic Director and Founder of Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, Inc., recently wrote a great article in the Huffington Post with tips for keeping a healthy back during the holidays.  Some of these include the following:

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Tips For A Healthy Back

  • Stretch.  Stretching is important because sometimes the pain comes from the muscles themselves. As we get older, our muscles tend to stiffen up more. When a stiff muscle is suddenly asked to work, it can cause pain. If the muscle is gently stretched, it becomes more ready to work. Stretch gently, without bouncing. If you are not used to stretching, start by holding a stretch for a short time. Gradually build up to roughly 30-second stretches. Continue reading »

Listen To What Patients Have To Say About DDS Decompression Belts

We regularly get unsolicited calls, letters and emails from patients who have tried and love our DDS Decompression Belts.  Here are some comments from recent users: Continue reading »

Smartphone to blame for neck pain

A Florida chiropractor has coined the term “text neck” as a result of so many who complained about neck pain from constantly bending forward to look at their smartphones, e-readers and iPads. Continue reading »

UPDATE: Pain Relief Within 1st Hour with the DDS Decompression Belt

65% of 879 patients surveyed who used the DDS Spinal Air Lumbar Decompression Belt felt relief within the first hour!

27% felt relief immediately.

Of the 44% of patients who tried the DDS Decompression Belt to avoid surgery, almost half were successful in avoiding surgery. Continue reading »

Are Imaging Tests Really Necessary For Low Back Pain?

Cynthia Smith, MD, Medical associate for content development in the medical education division of the American College of Physicians, along with Patrick Alguire, MD, found that, after studying a 38-year old man with complaints of low back pain, with such a vague set of symptoms, imaging tests like radiography, computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) likely would not prove beneficial and may expose him to unnecessarily to radiation and the anxiety of findings that are clinically insignificant. Continue reading »

Learn About Your Back

The back is an intricate structure of bones, muscles, and other tissues that form the posterior part of the body’s trunk, from the neck to the pelvis. Continue reading »

Pain Relief Within 1st Hour with the DDS Back Brace

61% of over 260 patients surveyed felt pain relief within the first hour after applying the DDS Decompression Belt. Continue reading »

5 Things to Question When Considering Back Treatments

1.  Don’t recommend advanced imaging (e.g., MRI) of the spine within the first six weeks in patients with non-specific acute low back pain in the absence of red flags. Continue reading »

Some low back pain might be tied to flat feet

According to a recent study published in journal Rheumatology outlined in Reuters Health, flat feet might be a cause for low back pain. Continue reading »

Self-Massage Moves for Back and Neck Pain recently posted helpful self-massage moves for back and neck pain in their Health section:

By Michele Bender
Photos by Itzy Ramirez 

You don’t need an appointment, a spa or even another person to reap the benefits of a massage. “When it’s not possible to get a professional treatment, you can relieve everyday aches and tension on your own,” explains Elizabeth Bryan Bragg, a licensed massage therapist at Shift PT in New York City. Continue reading »

Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain

SOURCE: WebMD News from HealthDay
By HealthDay Reporter Mary Elizabeth Dallas

Even though its use is often advised by doctors, the painkiller acetaminophen – best known as Tylenol – does not help treat lower back pain, according to a new Australian study.

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“Movement is Medicine”

Dr. John Henning Schumann on outlined a scenario he recently experienced when a patient walked into his office with low back pain. From his experience he was confident that her back pain wasn’t serious. “A minor injury was the clear cause. And nearly all back pain like hers from a simple mechanical strain gets better on its own.” Continue reading »

Does Weather Cause Low Back Pain?

According to a new study from Australia, it’s not the rain, nor the temperature, humidity, barometric pressure or wind direction that causes low back pain. Continue reading »

Managing Low Back Pain With Yoga

Those who have experienced low back pain are all too familiar with the feeling of desperation in the search for a cure.  At a time when seemingly nothing can help your condition everything is a option. Continue reading »

3 Stretches to Relieve Tension in Neck and Shoulders

Fitness guru Nora Tobin and Huffington Post recently highlighted 3 simple stretches to relieve tension in the neck and shoulders. Continue reading »

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Back Brace + Regular Exercise = Low Back Pain Improvement

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Frequent exercising and bracing seems effective for long-term prevention of recurrent low back pain (LBP), according to a 10-year long study published in the June 1 issue of Spine.

Assen Romanov Aleksiev, MD, PhD, from the University Hospital Aleksandrovska in Sofia, Bulgaria, randomized 600 patients with recurrent LBP to strengthening exercises (150 patients; age, 42.5); flexibility exercises (150 patients; age, 41.3); strengthening exercises and abdominal bracing in daily activities/exercises (150 patients; age, 41.0); and flexibility exercises and abdominal bracing in daily activities/exercises (150 patients; age, 40.6). Continue reading »

Identify and Relieve Your Neck Pain

Dr. Daniel J. Leizman, a specialist in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management, suggests some common ways to relieve neck pain: Continue reading »

Physical fitness should be considered in chronic neck pain management

The International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases point to the benefits of aerobic exercise therapies for male patients with chronic neck pain and whole body strengthening in addition to neck muscle strengthening for female CNP patients.

They conclude that consideration of “whole body physical fitness, anxiety and depression parameters, on the basis of gender, in patients with chronic neck pain, might be helpful for the development of more beneficial illness management strategies.” Continue reading »

Moderate exercise can decrease lower back

According to a recent study presented at the North American Spine Institute, and published in the Spine Journal, the more obese a person is the more likely he or she is to suffer from lower back pain.  However, this risk can be diminished through moderate levels of activity.  Continue reading »

Back Pain and Depression

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are studying the most effective means of treating chronic low back pain and symptoms of depression — together — in those 60 or older.

For four years, seventy-five men and 123 women, ranging in age from 60 to 94, have taken part. Continue reading »

“For low back pain, find a mattress that works for you”

We spend approximately a third of our lives lying in bed.  Therefore, we should take extra care in choosing a correct mattress.  So, which one is right for you?

Dr. Jeffrey Katz, professor of medicine and orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, recently noted that there wasn’t a lot of research done on this topic.

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How Is Disc Disease Solutions’ Decompression Brace Different? (Part 2)

Our Decompression Braces feature a soft, highly durable 100% cotton lining.  You can wear it comfortably directly on your skin or over a thin cotton t-shirt. They are super discreet and can be worn under your clothing.  Our advanced tubeless design allows for this contoured fit. Continue reading »

How Is Disc Disease Solutions’ Decompression Brace Different? (Part 1)

Disc Disease Solutions introduced the first Spinal Air Decompression Brace almost 10 years ago.  One of the many differences between our brace and other braces is in our Vertical Air Pressure Technology. Continue reading »

Golfing With Low Back Pain

Cody Scharf is the owner of Thrive Spine and Sport, a chiropractic and soft tissue clinic in Cedar Rapids focusing on sport and overuse injuries. Scharf is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and certified through Integrative Diagnosis for the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries. Continue reading »

#1 Cause of Disability Worldwide: Low Back Pain

New research suggests that low back pain causes more disability worldwide than any other ailment. The researchers behind the study, who published their study in the journal Continue reading »

Quick Facts about Back Pain

– About 2% of the US workforce receives compensation for back injuries annually.

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Depression is Common for Those with Chronic Back Pain

Major depression is thought to be four times greater in people with chronic back pain than in the general population (Sullivan, Reesor, Mikail & Fisher, 1992).

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DDS Decompression Belt vs. Muscle Atrophy

Wikipedia defines Muscle Atrophy as a “decrease in the mass of the muscle; it can be a partial or complete wasting away of muscle.”   Disuse of the muscle is one of the many ways that someone might struggle with this condition. Continue reading »

Types of Spinal Diseases, Injuries and Back Pain

Part 4

*Spondylolysis & Spondylolisthesis Continue reading »

Types of Spinal Diseases, Injuries and Back Pain

Part 3

*Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis is a type of degenerative disease where there is a loss of moisture in the disc primarily due to aging.  Continue reading »

Types of Spinal Diseases, Injuries and Back Pain

Part 2

* Herniation of Intervertebral Disc

We all have discs that act as cushions between our spinal bones.  These discs are made up of an outer annulus fibrosus, which surrounds the inner nucleus pulposus.

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Types of Spinal Diseases, Injuries and Back Pain

Part 1

* Spinal sprain (lumbar sprain)
Spinal (lumbar) sprain refers to the shock or damage of light muscle or ligament caused by lifting heavy objects, performing rigorous physical activity, excessive exercising or due to a traffic accident. You might have described or have heard someone else describe this condition with this common phrase: “I pulled my back” or “I threw out my back.” Continue reading »

“Protect Your Back at Work”

Geoffrey S. from San Jose, Ca recently asked Men’s Fitness: “My back is always hurting from sitting at my desk all day. I know I shouldn’t slouch, but is there something else I can do to protect my back?” Continue reading »

Why Our Product Is More Effective

It’s not only because we are the ORIGINAL Spinal-Air Lumbar Traction Brace – with 4 U.S. and 2 utility patents.

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“Less treatment is usually more effective.”

Try our DDS Decompression Brace before you opt for surgery, spinal injections or pain killers.  Exhaust all of your resources and be better informed about your options.  Our DDS Decompression Belt just might be your solution.   Continue reading »


We just received two unsolicited letters in the mail from our fellow DDS Decompression Belt users. Continue reading »

The DDS Decompression Belt is the Solution for Back Pain


The DDS Spinal Air Lumbar Decompression Belt is an effective, noninvasive and simple-to-use solution for those seeking treatment for low back pain.  Our Lumbar Braces are ambulatory, they have a 100% soft cotton lining, they are all machine washable and they can be worn discreetly under clothing. Continue reading »

See you at Medtrade Spring 2014!

We will be attending Medtrade Spring 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas from March 10 to 12. Continue reading »

We are the ORIGINAL Spinal-Air Lumbar Traction Brace. We have 3 utility patents and 1 design patent.

Disc Disease Solutions introduced a revolutionary approach in the treatment of lower back and neck pain due to spinal diseases and injuries almost a decade ago.  Continue reading »