Who May Benefit?
If you have been diagnosed with a herniated and/or bulging disc and want to avoid surgery, you have come to the right place. In fact, 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: protruding discs, spinal root impingement, bulging discs, hypomobility, herniated discs, degenerative joint disease, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, posterior facet syndrome, compression fracture, acute facet problems, joint pain, radicular pain, discogenic pain and prolapsed discs. Although we cannot help everyone, we have an enviable history of success.
Why Triton DTS?
At Triangle Spinal Decompression, we use the Triton® DTS™ Decompression System manufactured by the Chattanooga Group, the foremost manufacturer of physical medicine equipment. Our office has the state-of-the-art computerized 600 Series table which is one of the most technologically advanced units available. No other office has a more “sophisticated” spinal decompression system. In fact, the new Triton® System is so revolutionary that it won the Australian Design Award in the “Medical and Scientific” category. It is also the system that the University of Texas purchased for the treatment of its world-class athletes. We also selected the Triton® DTS systems due to its ability to treat both the neck and the low back.
How is Spinal Decompression Therapy different from traditional traction?
The award winning Triton® 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 re-hydration.
Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not indicated?
Yes. Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have osteoporosis, severe obesity, Cardiac or pulmonary problems, hiatus hernia and other conditions. Patients who have had spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or “cages”) may not be candidates for Spinal Decompression. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery may be performed.
Do most patients receive therapy & rehabilitative exercises in addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Yes. 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.
Your comfort and safety is our top priority, and we want your Spinal Decompression treatment to be enjoyable and successful.
Typical treatment sessions are approximately 30 minutes in duration and are administered while you’re fully clothed. Unlike any other decompression device, you have several “face up” positioning options.
When you’re 100% comfortable, your session will start. During your DTS Therapy, you’ll experience several cycles of stretch and relaxation, which gently increases to a peak over a period of several minutes. These gentle distractive forces of the Triton® DTS create decompression (unloading due to distraction and proper positioning) to improve blood flow, important nutrient exchange, relaxation and healing to the injured area. This helps provide relief from lower back pain, sciatica, neck pain, and can aid in alleviating the pain of a pinched nerve.
In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session. Most patients feel pain relief with as few as 4-6 treatments. However, even though the pain has decreased, it takes much longer for the body to heal, so it’s critical that you follow the treatment protocol prescribed by Doctors. This will allow you to achieve the full long-term benefit of Triton DTS Therapy.
Your specific treatment plan will be determined by our Doctors after your examination. Based on current research and our clinical experience, the best results have been achieved utilizing 20-24 sessions over a 4-6 week period.
Based on published effective protocol, the total cost of your Spinal Decompression sessions is approximately $1200.00. It is important to note that individuals respond differently to treatment and some people will require more treatment than others.
Spinal Decompression Studies
Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Yes! One study documented by MRI showed up to 90% reduction of disc herniation 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.
Here are a few summaries on Spinal Decompression Research:
Effects of Vertebral Axial Decompression on Intradiscal Pressure: G. Ramos M.D., W Martin M.D.; Journal of Neurosurgery 1994
ABSTRACT:The object of the study was to examine the effect of vertebral axial decompression on pressure in the nucleus pulposus of the lumbar discs. Intradiscal pressure measurement was performed by connecting a cannula inserted into the patients L4-L5 disc space to a pressure transducer. Changes in intradiscal pressure were recorded at resting state and while controlled tension was applied by the equipment to a pelvic harness. Intradiscal pressure was decreased to below -100 mm HG.
(This study concludes that spinal decompression does actually decrease the pressure within the disc, thereby reducing pressure on the nerve roots.)
Outcome Study: Vertebral Axial Decompression Therapy for Pain Associated with Herniated Discs, Degenerated Discs, or Facet Syndrome.Gose, et al; Journal of Neurological Research April 1998
ABSTRACT: Outcomes of Decompression therapy for patients with a diagnosis of herniated disc, degenerated disc, or facet syndrome.
Average time between the initial onset of symptoms and beginning of treatment was 40 months
Data was collected from 22 medical centers in the USA
No rehab was performed, only decompression
Average time of treatments: 17 facet, 19 degeneration, 20 HNP
Pain was rated on a scale from 0-5 with severe pain being 5
Average was 4.2, Success was considered 0-1
Overall, the treatment was successful 71% of the time
73% for single herniated disc
72% with multiple herniations
68% for facet syndrome
68% for failed back surgery
Decompression Reduces Chronic Back Pain: A four year Study; R. Odell M.D., D Boudreau D.O., Anesthesiology News March 2003
ABSTRACT: Excellent 4-year study results have been reported in a small series of patients with chronic discogenic low back pain with a spinal decompression device. Of the 23 patients who responded, 52% had a pain level of zero, 91% were able to resume their normal daily activities, and 87% were working or retired without having back pain as the cause of retirement. SUMMARY: Among 23 patients, 71% showed more than 50% reduction in pain immediately after treatment and 86% showed a 50% or better pain reduction at 4 years. “After 4 years 52% showed a pain level of zero. Thus, pain relief not only improved but lasted.” Reported R. Odell M.D.
In the Journal of Neurological Research Vol. 23, No. 7, October 2001 the researchers stated: “For any given patient with low back and referred leg pain, we cannot predict with certainty which cause has assumed primacy. Therefore surgery, by being directed at root decompression at the site of the herniation alone, may not be effective if secondary causes of pain have become predominant. Decompression therapy, however, addresses both primary and secondary causes of low back and referred leg pain. We thus submit that Decompression therapy should be considered first, before the patient undergoes a surgical procedure which permanently alters the anatomy and function of the affected lumbar spine segment.”