Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy as performed in our office is a very high-tech form of traction. It is a highly successful, non-surgical alternative procedure for relieving low back, neck, and arm and leg pain. It is an effective treatment for:

  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Cox Flexion-Distraction
  • Post-surgical patients
  • Facet syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Decompression Therapy is a modern, high tech, non-surgical traction procedure that effectively treats disabling low back, neck, and radiating leg and arm pain. This type of traction is very successful in relieving pain associated with disc herniation, degenerative discs, and posterior facet syndromes, due to decompression of spinal discs and facet joints by utilizing traction, distraction and positioning. This therapy effectively enhances the healing process and renders quick, effective and amazing pain relief that enables most patients to return to a more active lifestyle.

Our DTS Triton traction system is FDA approved and has been clinically proven with a very high success rate for the pain and symptoms associated with herniated and/or bulging discs…even after failed back surgery.

Research indicates that the disc is responsible for a significant number of lumbar/leg pain and neck/arm pain syndromes. Compression increases internal disc pressure leading to possible protrusion, herniation and bulging of disc material.

DTS Triton spinal traction therapy in conjunction with the additional treatment modalities provided in our clinic can, in most cases, effectively relieve the pain and disability resulting from disc injury and degeneration, aiding in the healing of damaged discs and reversing dystrophic changes in nerves. DTS Triton spinal traction treats the functional and mechanical aspects of disc pain through non-surgical traction (decompression) of spinal discs.

Our new computer controlled DTS Triton spinal traction equipment is designed to apply distraction and decompression to the patient’s spine without producing reflex paravertebral muscle contractions.

By significantly reducing internal disc pressure, DTS Triton spinal traction promotes retraction of the herniation back into the disc and promotes intake of fluids, oxygen and other substances necessary for healing the disc. This activity stimulates repair and inhibits leakage of materials from the nucleus of the disc.

The most recent research trial sought to correlate clinical success with MRI evidence of disc repair as a result of such treatment and found that reduction of disc herniation ranged between 10% and 90% depending on the number of sessions performed, while disc annulus healing was evident in all cases.

How Long Are Treatments And How Many Do You Need?

We typically start with a trial period of 1-3 treatments to see if spinal decompression traction is the right choice for you. If appropriate, patients typically undergo 12 to 24 treatment sessions. Each treatment lasts between 20 to 60 minutes. This, of course, depends on your individual case and is determined by thorough pre-treatment evaluation. It is important to note that many patients get substantial, immediate relief after just a few treatments. Some have significant reduction of pain after just one session. The really good news is that this is not something you have to continue to do for the rest of your life!

Can DTS Triton Spinal Therapy Help My Pain?

Though each patient is different and no doctor can guarantee success, the clinical results of this type of therapy have been shown to be effective in 86% of patients treated. The common problems of many back conditions are damaged discs and poor spinal muscle control. Our treatment program addresses both of these core problems. The specially designed DTS Triton spinal traction system creates a controlled unloading of the spine which decreases disc pressure thus increasing blood and nutrient exchange. This exchange of fluids is something the damaged disc desperately needs to help it heal from the inside out. Muscle strength, control and endurance can all be improved with our spinal therapy program that includes specific controlled spinal exercises.

Will DTS Triton Spinal Treatments Hurt? Is it Safe?

DTS Triton Spinal Traction Therapy treatments are one of the most gentle and comfortable therapies available. The treatments utilize FDA cleared equipment with proven safety and efficacy. Most patients report a mild sense of stretch on their back or hips, and often fall asleep during treatment sessions. The DTS Triton system is produced by one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hospital based therapy and rehabilitation equipment.

Is Spinal Decompression a New Type of Treatment?

Although traction therapy has been around for thousands of years, DTS Triton computerized spinal traction therapy is new. Advances in equipment and procedures have dramatically improved effectiveness. This system is the most comprehensive program available, allowing the safe delivery of this previously hospital based therapy in our office. Continual improvements in the delivery system and regular updates in protocol keep this system in the forefront of non-invasive disc therapy. Each year over 50,000 patients are treated with this type of therapy and that number is growing.

How Long Will My Treatment Program Be?

This depends on the complexity and extent of the treatment and rehabilitation needed, however we typically treat 3 times a week for 1 month, transitioning from passive to active treatments as you respond. The treatment is administered over a reasonable timeframe and your response is continually evaluated. Further treatments may be necessary or a reduced frequency may be recommended at that time.
The rehabilitative phase may include additional DTS Triton spinal traction treatments coupled with special exercises, spinal adjustments to enhance the results. Most patents are released from treatments after 6 to 12 weeks.

Why is this type of therapy more successful than other treatment options?

DTS Triton traction therapy as practiced in our clinic is a comprehensive program of the newest traction techniques and targeted “core” stabilization exercises combined with biofeedback and gentle chiropractic care. In addition, we use other adjunctive treatments that have proven effectiveness in back care. It is this multi-faceted approach that makes our combination of treatments so effective and is what sets our procedure apart from others in this area.

Additionally, discs have been shown to be a predominate site of pain, so treating the disc as directly as possible makes sense. The blending of focused traction of the site, rehabilitation to the supporting structures, and overall strengthening of musculature makes the treatment unique. This therapy affects the disc as directly as possible without surgery.

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