What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Decompression therapy is a new non-surgical technology utilizing an advanced computer controlled traction system. This system has been clinically proven to be extremely effective in relieving neck, back, arm and leg pain provoked by spinal disc disease and arthritis.
What types of conditions will spinal decompression help?
FDA cleared indications for Spinal Decompression Therapy are when pain relief is related to...
- Protruding and herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet Joint disorder
- Spinal nerve root impingement
- Degenerative joint disease
How does it work?
Spinal Decompression creates negative pressure within the intervertebral disc. This promotes increased nutritional support to the disc which enhances the bodies ability to heal itself and in many cases can reduce the size of disc bulges and herniated discs as shown below.
Decompression therapy is also extremely effective in relieving joint pressure associated with arthritis.
Does it hurt?
Spinal decompression therapy is one of the most gentle and comfortable therapies available. Patients will feel a mild stretch during treatment. Patients typically will be lying on their back on the comfortable table and are fitted with a support system that allows for specific traction at selected spinal levels.
How long are the treatments?
Patients usually undergo 20 to 24 treatment sessions. Each therapy session lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. Every patient is different and each case will be evaluated by the doctor during the consultation and examination. Decompression therapy is utilized in addition to Chiropractic spinal adjustments and exercises to improve biomechanical function and stability.
Can Spinal Decompression help my pain?
Each patient is different and no doctor can guarantee success, but clinical outcomes with this type of traction therapy have been shown to be effective in 86% of patients treated.
Is Spinal Decompression new?
Although traction therapy has been around for thousands of years, the Chattanooga Triton DTS computerized spinal traction therapy is new. Advances in equipment and procedures have dramatically improved effectiveness. Continued improvements in the delivery system and regular updates in protocol keep this system in the forefront of non-surgical disc therapy.
How much will it cost?
The cost of treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition and the extent of care needed. Most health plans cover traction therapy and our staff will review all costs and insurance coverage before treatment begins.
How do I know if the treatment will work for me?
Contact our office and set up a complimentary consultation with one of the doctors to determine if spinal decompression therapy is a treatment option for you. We are happy to assist you in any way we can to help regain your optimal health.
Will my pain go away for good?
Although it is impossible to predict the future, our experience indicates that most patients do find long term relief or effective management of their pain when they complete the prescribed program of treatments. Regular home exercise and periodic visits to our clinic for follow up care will help to maintain your spinal health and reduce the probability of re-occurrence. As with any comprehensive rehabilitation program, your commitment to continue with home exercise and discretion in some daily activities is the key to long term relief.
Why is Spinal Decompression Therapy more successful than other treatment options?
Spinal decompression therapy is a comprehensive program of the newest traction techniques and targeted "care" stabilization exercises. We also utilize chiropractic adjustments and other adjunctive treatments that have proven effectiveness in back care. This multi-faceted approach makes the overall treatment so effective. Spinal discs have been shown to be a predominate site of pain, so treating them as directly as possible makes sense. The combination of focused traction to the injury site, rehabilitation to the supportive structures with chiropractic adjustments and overall strengthening of core musculature makes the treatment unique. Spinal decompression affects the discs as directly as possible without surgery.
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.
Do you have questions? Please call us at 952-931-9867 or submit the adjacent form and we will be happy to assist you.