Hello! I have a Harrington Rod that was placed in 1984 when I was 12. I am 37 now and have had bouts of severe back pain, but this latest period has been excruciating and has lasted almost a year. I visited the doctor who took over my surgeon's practice after retirement and was told the the disc below the Harrington rod is worn out (L4-L5 disc). The doctor prescribed physical therapy, but I decided to try my chiropractor friend who says she can help me.

I had my first treatment visit with her yesterday (after a consultation visit last week and xrays) and she adjusted me and did spinal decompression therapy. I can't believe how much better I feel after just one visit! I can stand up straight for the first time in a loooong time. I am scheduled for decompression therapy 3 times a week for 8 weeks, but I am worried about whether it is safe with a Harrington rod. Websites that discuss spinal decompression therapy all say that people with hardware in their backs should NOT have decompression therapy. It's so gentle, though, and the segment of my spine between the Harrington Rod attachment points must be fused completely by now. I just can't believe this stuff can be any more dangerous than stretching on my own. Ugh. It figures that when I've finally found something that gives me some relief, questions arise as to whether it's safe. I suppose I SHOULD ask the scoliosis surgeon, but I'm afraid he might be biased and forbid chiropractic care completely. Have any of you had spinal decompression therapy? Any and all feedback would be most appreciated!

Thanks so much--

P.S. The machine that my chiropractor uses is a Triton DTS, if that makes any difference.