Patients are admitted for the procedure based on several factors. A variety of health care providers refer patients for this procedure. On referral, patients are given intake forms that measure the level of the symptoms. These measurements serve to demonstrate improvement during the course of the procedure. Only patients whose symptoms' measurements reach a minimum threshold are admitted for the treatment.
Patients who have had surgery recommended for spinal decompression are referred here first to see if the surgery can be avoided. The cost of this entire procedure is about 1/15th the cost of surgery for the condition. Patients often are able to remain at work or return to work in less than a week under this procedure whereas patients who have surgery often miss up to 6 weeks of work.