The DMR Method: Non-Surgical Back Pain Relief

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New Hope for Your Back

The team of physical therapists and chiropractors at Hopkins Health & Wellness Center has developed nonsurgical, non-invasive method of treatment called the DMR Method. In addition to providing relief to back/neck/arm/leg pain, numbness and/or weakness, the DMR Method can provide a long-term corrective solution to decrease your pain and restore optimal mobility, alignment and stability to the spine.


What is DMR? To begin with, it’s an acronym for Diagnose, Manage, and Rehabilitate. The DMR Method’s goal is to give you fast, lasting back pain relief—without pills, injections or surgery. If you have a herniated disc, sciatica, stenosis, numbness or pain in your extremities, or chronic back and neck pain, the DMR Method just may be the answer you’ve been searching and hoping for. Over 8 years of clinical case-study research confirmed a 96 percent success rate (decrease symptoms and improve functional abilities by a minimum of 50%) even when other treatments had failed.


By the time you’re done reading this article, you will have a better understanding of what the DMR Method is, why it helps so many people, how it’s different from other non-surgical treatments, and how to maximize your chances of avoiding surgery or other risky procedures.


At Hopkins Health & Wellness Center, we hear a lot of stories about people’s struggles with back issues—how they happened, what they’ve been through trying to find relief, what treatments they’ve tried, and how their condition has affected them and the people around them. We’ve heard it all. What’s fascinating is that many people have actually done a lot of good things to resolve their condition, but just not in the right combination or order. The DMR Method ends the confusion about back conditions by providing the right combination of treatment in the right order. Patients who have been suffering for years and have been through extensive treatment, sometimes even surgery, are shocked when they begin to feel better in a short period of time.


The DMR Method is a specific course of evaluation and treatment based on years of clinical case study research utilizing pre- and post-treatment MRI scans and functional index scores (which track a person’s ability to engage in normal physical activities). Evaluation and treatment is provided by a team of healthcare providers that may include physical therapists, chiropractors, and allied medical providers. Once the primary cause of a condition has been identified, treatment progresses through three phases: relief, repair, and rehabilitation. The primary goal of treatment is to decrease symptoms rapidly and improve the underlying cause of the condition by restoring mobility, alignment, and stability to the spine. After completing the DMR Method treatment program, the patient is given an after-care program to independently support and stabilize their recovery.

Far too many unnecessary back surgeries are performed these days. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and place for back surgery; in fact, sometimes it’s the only option. And thank God we have skilled neuro-surgical and orthopedic doctors to help with those cases. Our goal is to help people treat their condition with appropriate non-surgical treatment and only consider surgery as a last resort.  It turns out that most spine surgeons have the same goal, and you may be surprised to learn that one of our biggest referral sources for the DMR Method is back surgeons!


Ground Breaking Research

Eight years ago, our team of physical therapists and chiropractors, along with the help of allied medical spine specialists, dedicated themselves to formulating a standard course of evaluation and treatment for neck and back pain, herniated discs, sciatica, stenosis, degenerative disc disease and slippage of the spine (spondylolisthesis). Our goals were to help people get out of pain, regain their physical abilities, prevent recurrence of their condition and, most importantly, effectively manage their condition without surgery, injections or other invasive procedures.


Our team at Hopkins Health and Wellness spent the next year reviewing research from all over the world, meeting with spine care specialists and surgeons, and spending countless hours working together to identify key factors in nonsurgical recovery from complicated spinal conditions. This, along with years of clinical experience, was the foundation of an innovative evaluation and treatment protocol we called the DMR Method.


Once we began using the DMR Method, we were encouraged by the highly successful outcomes whether they were measured subjectively (patients’ reports of symptom relief), functionally (patients’ improvements in ability to perform daily activities) or objectively (decrease in positive clinical findings associated with intervertebral disc herniation).


Even so, we were not prepared for what came next. In 2007, a patient named Amy came into our clinic with a severe disc herniation. She was experiencing debilitating lower back and leg pain after hurting herself by lifting something heavy at home. Because of the severity of her pain and the clinical findings, she was referred for an MRI to the Center for Diagnostic Imaging. After examining her MRI, the concerned radiologist called to tell us that Amy had an enormous disc herniation that required immediate surgical intervention. Upon seeing the MRI scan myself, I agreed with the radiologist and recommended to Amy that she see a surgeon as soon as possible. The only person who didn’t agree with these assessments was Amy. She refused to even consider surgery. Given her resistance, I told her we could begin the DMR Method of treatment, but that if she didn’t show rapid improvement, she would need to get a surgical consult. Two weeks after starting the DMR Method her leg pain was gone, and by the eighth week she had completely recovered. When the radiologist at CDI followed up with me to see how Amy had done with surgery, I explained that she had opted to receive the DMR Method of treatment and that her condition had been completely resolved. Surprised, he requested that we send her back to CDI for a follow-up MRI. That MRI showed that her herniation had been completely reabsorbed. See Amy’s case study below:

Based on that case, the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, one of the largest and most respected diagnostic imaging groups in the country, offered to form a partnership with Hopkins Health & Wellness Center to do a first-ever clinical case study utilizing pre- and post-treatment MRI scans of Minnesota patients.

The first DMR Method study, which focused on the lumbar spine was completed in 2010 with the following results:

  • 100 percent of patients reported some degree of decreased symptoms and an improvement in their ability to perform daily activities without pain. On average, their degree of function increased by 50 percent.
  • 100 percent of patients who presented within eight weeks of occurrence had a decrease in the size of their disc herniations. On average, their disc herniations decreased by 52.5 percent, which means that the herniated disc was no longer pressing and irritating their nerves. This dramatic improvement was also exhibited by a 67.9 percent increase in their ability to perform daily activities without pain.
  • 100 percent of patients who came in for treatment after having symptoms ranging from nine weeks to ten years saw a decrease in pain and an improved ability to perform daily activities. On average, these patients experienced a 45.2 percent increase in function. The MRIs also showed that 26.7 percent of these patients experienced a decrease in the size of their disc herniations.

Overall, 96.4 percent of the patients we accepted for the DMR Method (cervical and lumbar conditions) attained complete or significant relief of symptoms and improved their ability to do their activities of daily living (decrease symptoms and improve functional abilities by a minimum of 50%), and completely avoided surgery.


These results may seem astonishing, but it’s important to note that part of what makes the DMR Method so successful is that a portion of the protocol is an evaluation that helps us identify if a patient is a candidate for the DMR Method. In other words, we are skilled at identifying the people whom we can and can’t help. We refer those whom we can’t help to the appropriate medical specialists.  

The DMR Method Difference

Joe had surgery on a lumbar disc herniation. The herniation reoccurred a few years later and instead of surgery again, he decided to try the DMR Method of non-surgical treatment at Hopkins Health & Wellness Center. Watch Joe tell his story about his back condition and DMR Method treatment.

The DMR Method has already changed thousands of lives. In this video, a patient shares his story about his back and the DMR Method treatment he received.


The DMR Method Difference

You may be asking, What makes the DMR Method different from other back treatments?

First and foremost, The DMR Method focuses on identifying and treating the true cause of a patient’s condition. The body has an amazing capacity to heal when obstacles to healing are removed. Too many back care programs focus on simply treating symptoms, or on strengthening muscles around the true cause of the problem. Inevitably, the results in such cases are disappointing and the patient’s condition can worsen until surgery is unavoidable.


Second, we learned from the first DMR Method study that the secret to successful treatment lies in the synergistic blending of elements of physical therapy, chiropractic care, allied medical care and self-care. Each of these elements is crucial; if one is neglected, the patient’s recovery will be compromised. For instance, while developing the DMR Method, physical therapists noticed that patients who were not getting skilled chiropractic care lagged behind in recovery.


Third, many patients who come a DMR Method consultation have undergone many of the right treatments but at the wrong time. Consequently, they are disappointed with the results. One common mistake was participating in a strengthening based PT program before addressing the underlying structural cause of the condition. Strengthening is important, but needs to be done at the right time and in the right sequence. The DMR Method protocol prescribes the right combination of treatment in the right order to produce rapid, predictable and positive results.


Forth, the DMR Method includes a unique progression of joint manipulation (Integrated Progressive Manipulation), soft-tissue massage (Dynamic Muscle Technique), and traction (DMR Method Progressive Traction) that were developed by the DMR Method research and treatment team.


Fifth, a unique blend of simple stabilization exercises along with pharmaceutical nutritional support and instruction on proper body mechanics enhances long-term recovery and prevents recurrence.


Sixth, the DMR Method treatment protocol is backed by years of clinical case study research that utilized pre- and post-treatment MRI scans. The clinical staff at Hopkins Health & Wellness Center, in partnership with one of the largest diagnostic imaging groups in the country and some of the top spine specialists in Minnesota,have produced one of the only clinical case studies of its kind in the country.


Finally, our team of knowledgeable, experienced and concerned clinicians is highly skilled and dedicated. They are determined to eliminate a patient’s symptoms as quickly as possible, treat the underlying cause of the condition and to teach the patient how to prevent recurrence. They are now doing exactly that with thousands of patients every year.


If you or a loved one has been suffering from a herniated disc, sciatica, stenosis, numbness or pain in your extremities or chronic back and neck pain, the DMR Method just may be the solution you’ve been hoping for. While I cannot guarantee results, I’d like to stress that 96.4 percent of the patients we accept for care attain complete or significant relief from their symptoms, regain their ability to do the things they love to do and completely avoid surgery.


Here’s some more good news: the DMR Method qualifies for insurance coverage. You don’t need a referral, so call us or click on the “Free Consultations” tab for a free consultation. Don’t spend one more day in pain. An active, pain-free life may be just around the corner with the DMR Method.


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