1. What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal Decompression Therapy is the newest technology for the non-surgical treatment of disc related pain in the neck and low back. Spinal Decompression Therapy is a FDA cleared traction based treatment that has a very high success rate with the elimination/ reduction of pain associated with disc herniations, disc bulges, disc degeneration and spinal stenosis, even after failed spinal surgery.
2. Who Can Benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?
- Anyone with acute or chronic neck pain with or without arm pain/numbness.
- Anyone with acute or chronic low back pain with or without leg pain/ numbness.
- Anyone who has had surgery, medication, spinal injections, physical therapy or Chiropractic care and continues to have pain despite treatment.
- Anyone with disc herniations, disc bulges and disc degeneration.
- Anyone with spinal stenosis.
3. Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not indicated?
Spinal Decompression Therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage. Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates, or cages) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery can be performed.
4. How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?
During Spinal Decompression Therapy, a negative pressure is created within the disc by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and, by proper patient positioning. As a result of this negative pressure, disc material that has herniated or protruded can be pulled back with in the normal confines of the disc, and permit healing and re-hydration to occur.
5. What System Is Used for Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Our office utilizes the Triton DTS System, with the new computerized traction head. This computerized traction head is the key to true spinal decompression. During the procedure the computer controls the variations in the traction pull allowing for spinal decompression and eliminating muscle guarding, that is typical in conventional traction devices. The preprogrammed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc re-hydration.
6. Do medical studies support the claims of DTS effectiveness?
Yes. One study documented by MRI showed up to a 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases and other studies reported that the majority of ruptured disc patients achieved “good” to “excellent” results after spinal decompression therapy. For additional studies go to www.444disc.com/research.htm
7. Are the sessions painful?
In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session.
8. Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitation exercises in addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy?
To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supportive soft tissue structures are treated with ice, interferential therapy and cold laser therapy. Chiropractic adjustments are utilized when indicated and active rehabilitation exercises are used to strengthen spinal musculature.
9. How many sessions will be needed and what is the cost?
The specific treatment plan and number of sessions will be determined by the Doctor after your examination. Based on current research and clinical experience, the best results have been achieved utilizing 12-20 sessions over a 4-6 week period.
10. Does insurance cover Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Currently, Medicare does not cover Spinal Decompression Therapy. Some insurance companies do cover the therapy. Our office will check your insurance coverage for you so you know exactly what is covered. For our non covered / insured patients we offer a discounted fee for payment at time of service.
11. How Do I get Started?
Call our office at 717-866-4423 to schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy.