SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY
Featured as part of our physical therapy program and designed to treat bulging or herniated discs, spinal decompression therapy is the leading, non-surgical alternative for people suffering from neck or low back pain.
What is DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy?
DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is FDA-cleared and clinically proven with an 86% success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs—even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.
What can this vacuum effect do?
The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates growth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site.
What system is used for this purpose?
After a significant amount of research, Garden State Spine & Pain Institute chose the Triton® DTS™ system manufactured by the Chattanooga Group, the premier manufacturer of physical medicine equipment. With its unparalleled design, proven history and the Chattanooga Group behind it, the Triton® DTS™ system is the gold standard in decompressive traction therapy. We also selected this system due to its ability to treat discs in both the neck and the low back.
How is Spinal Decompression Therapy different from regular traction?
The Triton® DTS™ computer is the key. It 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 rehydration.
Who can benefit from spinal decompression therapy?
Anyone who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves).
Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of spinal decompression therapy?
Most certainly! One study documented by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases! Another study reported that 86% of ruptured disc patients achieved “good” (50-89% improvement) to “excellent (90-100% improvement) results after spinal decompression therapy!
Are there conditions where spinal decompression therapy is not indicated?
In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session.
Are the sessions painful? How many will be needed and what is the cost?
The specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination. Based on current research, the best results have been achieved utilizing 20 sessions ($65 each) over a 6-week period. Based on that most common protocol, the total cost of the DTS treatments would be $1,300.00.
Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises in addition to spinal decompression therapy?
To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (as indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.