IDD Therapy Disc Treatment Croydon

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Specialist disc treatment in Croydon for: Herniated Discs, Slipped Discs, Prolapsed Discs, Bulging Discs, and Sciatica

Whilst most back pain and neck pain issues are resolved with hands on treatments and rehabilitation, when you need something more for difficult spinal disc issues, at Back In Shape we use IDD Therapy Disc Treatment.

Back In Shape is one of the most highly regarded physiotherapy clinics in Croydon and the surrounding area. Led by clinic director Anthony Padgett, we have a special interest in back pain and in particular unresolved back and neck issues.

Whether you have a large herniated disc or a small disc bulge causing intense sciatica in your legs, our IDD Therapy disc programme is designed to get you back on your feet again, without resorting to pain management or in extreme cases, surgery.

Back Pain Assessment £30 (quote IDD)

If you are struggling with back or neck pain and would like to get a professional opinion on your appropriate treatment options, call the Back In Shape clinic on 020 8655 1664 and mention IDD Therapy.

Our clinic is located next to the BP garage on Shirley Road, Croydon. To book call Back In Shape on 020 8655 1664. Please quote “IDD” so that you see the appropriate team member.

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What is IDD Therapy?

IDD stands for Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) Therapy, or more simply IDD Therapy for short. Developed in the USA in the late 1990s, IDD Therapy is a targeted treatment which relieves pressure on specific spinal discs and gently restores mobility. It is used to treat low back pain, neck pain and sciatica.

Disc problems affect people of all ages. At Back In Shape we see a lot of office workers who sit at computers for hours at a time as well as people who develop back issues from lifting or working outside. Often a disc get squashed to the point where it is injured, function is impaired and then our bodies let us know about it through pain.

An everyday term for a common type of disc injury is a “slipped disc” or more technically a herniated disc or prolapsed disc. If that sounds familiar, we can help you.

We have an IDD Therapy SPINA machine which patients lie on as part of the treatment. It is computer controlled and perfectly comfortable.

By decompressing (taking pressure off) an injured or bulging/herniated disc and stretching the soft tissues, we can improve mobility in the spine and allow the body’s natural healing mechanisms to operate more efficiently. In so doing, we aim to relieve pain caused by muscle spasm and alleviate nerve compression and irritation caused by bulging or herniated discs.

IDD Therapy with the SPINA machine

IDD Therapy addresses the failings of traditional traction to treat targeted spinal segment in a precise, safe and comfortable manner.

As clinicians, we can treat most back and neck pain with manual therapies but for some conditions – particularly those which are disc-related, – patients need something more to help their condition improve. That is where IDD Therapy Disc Treatment comes in.

Need something more for your pain? Call us to see what your options are on 020 8655 1664.

Why choose IDD Therapy?

  • Current treatment is not working
  • Want to stop taking painkillers
  • Seeking long-term pain relief
  • Want to return to normal daily activities

Typical candidates for IDD Therapy are people who have back or neck pain and may have tried various other treatments without success. They may be taking pain medication and may be considering invasive treatments such as injections or in extreme cases, surgery.

If you need something more to help your back pain, neck pain or symptoms in the legs or arms, then come for a second opinion from us and see how we can help you. If you are suitable, then we can take you through your options for treatment.

To book a consultation or to find out more, call the clinic on 020 8655 1664 and book to see Anthony Padgett in a first instance.


“The biggest frustration in my job is knowing that there are people living in pain who we could help. Often patients think that there is nothing more that can be done, particularly when they have tried many treatments. By including IDD Therapy in our programme of care, we are able to offer patients with difficult spine issues such as herniated discs, greater options to get them out of pain.”
Clinic Director: Anthony Padgett, Head Physiotherapist


How long is a treatment?

Each IDD treatment lasts for one hour. Sessions begin with 10 minutes of heat therapy using TherMedic to warm the tissues and get blood flow into the injured area. You then have IDD Therapy which lasts for 25 minutes on the SPINA machine. Afterwards we give you 10 minutes cold therapy. This is just to calm the treated area before you go home or back to work. You remain comfortable throughout.

How much is treatment?

Each session lasts for one hour and is billed as a one hour physiotherapy treatment. The price is £70 per treatment if booked as a course of treatment and this is in line with standard treatment charges.

How many treatments will I need?

This is an important question and one which the team will discuss with you. It really does depend on the duration and severity of your condition. People with mild back pain may experience symptomatic relief within a few sessions, but for long term problems, most patients will need a course of treatment.

A typical course will be 12 to 15 sessions over a 4 to 6 week period. For patients with serious spine issues who are facing surgery, the original protocol is based around an intensive course of 20 treatments.

Why do I need a course of treatments?

When patients have back pain or neck pain for some time, spinal segments become stiff and immobile. The discs in the spine rely on movement for their hydration and nutrition. To undo the compression and immobility of an injured disc, IDD Therapy uses computer-controlled pulling forces to open the spinal segment and then mobilise it. To do this we have to use comparatively higher forces than can be achieved with manual therapy, and we need to progressively increase the pulling forces to achieve the goals.

So rather like exercising requires more than one session for the body to adapt and become fitter/stronger, addressing the causes of back pain means the body has to gently adapt to treatment. This simply cannot be achieved overnight or in just a couple of sessions, hence the requirement to have a course of treatment.

We would all like a simple solution but the reality is, chronic back pain takes time.

What is the difference between IDD Therapy and Traction?

The main difference is that IDD Therapy decompresses and mobilises targeted spinal segments with sufficient force and for sufficient time to have a desired therapeutic effect. Traditional mechanical traction on the other hand provides only general stretching of the lower back and is not specific to the injured segment. IDD Therapy has some elements of traction in its DNA but it was developed specifically to address the failings of traction as part of a programme of care, whilst incorporating the objectives of manual therapy techniques.

Should I bring an MRI?

If you have an MRI, bring it with you. The MRI helps us to confirm the spinal level we wish to treat and also the nature of the disc problem. That will help us get a picture of the protocol which will give us the best chance for success.

If you don’t have an MRI, we can discuss this with you and arrange one where appropriate.

Do I need to get undressed?

No, you remain fully clothed throughout. You can wear normal clothes, so long as they are comfortable. Ladies should wear trousers, leggings or loose fitting tracksuit.

Is IDD Therapy painful?

No. The treatment is intended to be comfortable. Whilst considerable pulling forces are used, they are delivered in a way that the body is comfortable, much better than the traction machines of old. Many patients go to sleep because the treatment is relaxing. A by product of treatment is the release of endorphins so treatment feels good.

What about exercise?

We will guide you on which exercises are suitable. Initially we don’t want you to exercise because the body is getting used to the treatment, then there are some simple exercises. Nothing too strenuous and we don’t just send you on your way with a sheet of exercises!

Will a spinal injection help my pain?

Spinal injections are given to help ease inflammation which is a cause of pain. They are intended to create a window for rehabilitation. An injection is not intended to address the problems of compression of discs or stiffness in the spine. Spinal injections are not a long term solution for most patients.

I have had surgery. Can I still have IDD Therapy?

Patients who have had surgery can opt for IDD Therapy. The two criteria are that the surgery was carried out at least 6 months ago and that there are no implants in the spine. Talk to the team if you would like to discuss your spinal history.

How many treatments have been carried out in the UK?

In the past 6 years over 40,000 treatments have been carried out in the UK alone and IDD Therapy is the first choice non-invasive disc treatment when manual therapy is not working, in areas where it is available. There are over 1,000 clinics internationally providing IDD Therapy, including surgeons, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors.