FAQs

Is the DBC Protocol scientifically proven?


Yes. We pride ourselves on conforming to the medical principles of Evidence Based Medicine which assures each DBC patient that any treatment they receive has been scientifically proven as well as clinically reliable to work for them.​




How long is the DBC Treatment Program?


Standard programs consist of 6-week (14 sessions) or 12-week (26 sessions) durations.
Treatment twice a week is recommended to maximize tissue adaptation while minimizing risk of over-stimulation and increased pain.




What is the difference between DBC and other physiotherapists?


The DBC protocol is researched and proven to address the individual’s specific debilitation and resolve the deficiencies that can keep patients from getting better or cause recurrence. The dosage of therapy applied in each session, the distinct phases and the designed progression within each phase of the DBC protocol are based on physiological and neurological adaptation rates.
DBC determines a patient’s individual program based on what has proven to work for patients of similar situation and characteristics.




Is DBC based on work-hardening?


No. Work hardening uses the theory of "task-specific reconditioning" which is specific to the patients job task, but does not address the specific area of injury, nor the adaptation needed to return the patient to job specific tasks. DBC is spine-specific adaptive therapy, which objectively documents specific deficiencies and develops an individual program to correct each deficiency before involving the whole body chain. DBC develops each component to be properly prepared for standard and more importantly non-standard tasks to decrease the risk of injury when proper ergonomics are not possible or neglected. DBC’s goal is to protect the patient from re-injury both on and off the job so the patient does not need additional care. Work hardening or work conditioning may be useful if limited to its proper application - for use after DBC has returned the spine to a dynamically functioning level. However, it should not inappropriately be used to recondition the spine. DBC clinicians work with patients to address specific work related tasks during the DBC program. In situations where total body reconditioning may be necessary, appropriate programs are also used to recondition the other body areas during and after DBC.




Is this normal therapy?


No. Traditional pain relieving therapies (heat packs, massage, modalities, etc.) are used to treat symptoms of acute injury (first-time or fresh injuries) or improve blood circulation after trauma. The DBC protocol is researched and proven to address the individual’s specific debilitation and resolve the deficiencies that can keep back/neck patients from getting better or cause recurrence. DBC’s Adaptive Response Therapy works to recover full function which allows DBC graduates to remain healthy through normal activity (similar to normal non-injured people in most cases) and reduce future risk of injury or reinjury. DBC incorporates unique, patented and FDA listed, testing and training devices specifically designed to initiate, sustain and control adaptation through careful doses of load and motion while isolating the target areas of the spine.




Does the DBC Program take the place of surgery?


No. DBC is now being used by leading physicians from family practice through pain management and surgeons as a evaluation tool to separate conservative (non-surgical) candidates from surgical ones and as the exclusive rehabilitation program to restore lost function once the surgeon has repaired the mechanical problem which may have initiated the debilitation or have been the result of debilitation that had not been addressed properly. With this new effective screening method, leading surgeons are now achieving unprecedented positive outcomes of 80 to 90 percent for their non-surgical and surgical patients. With DBC as the new screening method, solution-oriented physicians can now consider surgery as a more predictable and effective course of treatment, patients can now be more confident of both their conservative and surgical options, and payers can be assured of cost effective quality care without fear of going down the never-ending cycle of ineffective and expensive treatment. Consider which generation of health care technology will be available to you when selecting your health care professionals or network.




Can DBC help with Degenerative Disc Disease?


Many symptoms of functional debilitation mimic that of Degenerative Disc Disease. The challenge is determining the difference. Physicians find DBC very useful to help separate patients who only have debilitation from being categorized into the vague and perceptively more serious category of "Degenerative Disc Disease".​ DBC objectively quantifies spinal function and adaptation rates to identify positive response which would indicate debilitation versus irreversible disease.




What is included in the DBC Testing?


Testing is DBC’s means of evaluating and quantifying the function of the spine. It documents pain levels and patterns, psychosocial variables related to pain such as depression, and musculoskeletal patterns of posture and balance resulting from the pain/injury, segmental instability and paraspinal endurance. The initial testing sets the baseline for documenting improvement and the initial levels of the protocol. The mid-term test reveals the function after segmental neuromuscular deficiencies have been corrected. With this information, the sustained dosage of activity needed to accomplish program targets can be determined.




How does a patient get into the DBC Program?


The DBC treatment program is mainly available through a prescription from a physician. Certified DBC Clinicians in each DBC Centre are available to work with treating physicians to discuss indications, contraindications, expected outcomes as well as develop treatment strategies, plans and targets.




Is DBC covered by insurance?


Yes. DBC treatment is recognized by insurance companies and managed care organizations for outpatient care.
Kindly contact the DBC Headquarters (DBC Ampang) for further information.




What are the chances of recovery?


It would depend on the patient's condition, but DBC has consistently achieved 83% success rate in pain reduction and 75% in functional improvement.




Can post-surgical patients undergo DBC protocol?


Yes. Your condition will be assessed and consulted by our clinicians and a rehabilitative program will be planned and executed accordingly.




What should I expect when coming to DBC?


After being referred to by a doctor or specialist with a clear diagnosis of your musculoskeletal condition, this procedure will follow:

  1. You will undergo a baseleine assessment to evaluate the level and pattern of pain, limitation of movements, muscle strength, over-activity of muscle, etc.
  2. You will be advised to undergo a 6-week, or 12-week active rehabilitation program that is tailored to accomodate the results from the baseline assessment.
  3. You will undergo an outcome assessment upon completion of the DBC program, and will be consulted on your results.