Those who think they’ve tried every form of back pain therapy can think again; a new and interesting form of treatment called Khan Kinetic Treatment (KKT) is gaining popularity. KKT takes an entirely new approach to resolving spinal conditions: sound waves.
Though the use of sound waves to treat spinal conditions may seem bizarre or far-fetched, it is merely an extension of the long-existing ultrasound therapy performed by many physical therapists. Ultrasound entails the use of an instrument that emits vibrations in the form of sound waves into the body. It is thought that the vibrations generate heat and attract blood flow to the soft tissues of the body; it is also theorized that ultrasound promotes the production of collagen. These ideas would explain why ultrasound therapy is effective in facilitating healing within soft tissues.
Khan Kinetic Treatment, named after Dr. Khan who developed the system, extends the idea of ultrasound’s healing capabilities to spinal alignment. Khan and his team claim that sound waves of specific frequencies, durations and amplitudes can not only help heal soft tissues around the spine but can realign the spine, reducing pressure on discs and nerves. An instrument is placed over one vertebra of the spine, and the vibrations travel throughout all the vertebrae via their joint connections.
KKT also has a unique method of diagnosis. While it involves a standard physical examination with a chiropractic focus, it uses a software program designed to detect the slightest spinal abnormality to analyze X-rays of patients’ spines. This helps KKT practitioners get a better understanding of what is happening in the spine.
Research on KKT is for the most part lacking. The few studies that exist are very small in scale and have been conducted by people invested in the outcomes. So far, KKT treatment centers don’t exist in the U.S.; they are limited to Canada, the Middle East, China, India and Germany. The treatment is, however, approved by the FDA, meaning that it could potentially be an option in the U.S. in the near future.
An exact cost of KKT is not available; for most, it would likely involve high travel expenses at the moment.
While KKT is not the most accessible form of treatment currently, it is exciting in that it offers one more alternative to surgery for painful conditions like spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and herniated discs. It may also reduce chronic pain patients’ dependency on expensive and dangerous medication.
Patients with spinal alignment problems and discogenic pain should first pursue physical therapy, chiropractic care and decompression treatments, as these are the most accessible. If these fail, KKT may provide a final opportunity for avoiding surgery. In the coming years, KKT may be more easily accessible to those in the U.S. and other parts of the world.