Spinal Decompression FAQ's

Q. How long will my treatment program be?

A. It depends on the complexity and extent of the rehabilitation needed, however we typically treat 3-4 times a week for 4-8 weeks, transitioning from passive to active treatments as you respond. The treatment is administered over a reasonable time frame 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 Therapy treatments, with spinal adjustments to enhance the results. Most patients are released from treatments after 8 weeks.

Q. Will DTS Therapy Treatments Hurt? Is it safe?

A. DTS Therapy is one of the most gentle and comfortable therapies available. The treatments utilize 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 system is produced by one of the worlds largest manufacturers of hospital based rehabilitation equipment, with over 62 years experience.

Q. Is DTS Therapy New?

A. Although traction therapy has been around for thousands of years, Decompression Traction is relatively new.  Advances in equipment and procedures have dramatically improved effectiveness. DTS Therapy 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 protocols keep the DTS in the forefront of non invasive disc therapy. Each year over 50,000 patients are treated with DTS Therapy, a number that continues to grow.

Q.Why is DTS Therapy more successful that other treatment options?

A.DTS Therapy is a comprehensive technique and targeted core stabilization exercises with Biofeedback. In addition we use other adjunctive treatments that have proven effectiveness in back care. It is this multifaceted approach that makes the overall treatment so effective. Additionally, discs have been shown to be a predominate site of pain, so treating it directly as a possible makes sense. The blending of focused traction to the site, rehabilitation to the support structures and overall strengthening of global musculature makes the treatment unique. DTS Therapy affects the disc as directly as possible without surgery.

Q.Why the need for exercises and other therapies?

A.A long with the damage in the disc we also need to treat the supporting spinal muscles. A complete program targeting the function of the stabilization muscles is a vital part of DTS Therapy. Heat, muscle stimulation, Ultrasound and laser therapy can offer additional benefit for inflammation and spasm reduction. Our hope is not only to heal the disc but also enhance the muscle control and support of the low back. A gradual breakdown of foundational support of your back is what puts undue stresses on the discs and leads to pain and loss of function. Exercise and adjunctive therapies will assist in rehabilitating these structures.

Q.Will my pain go away for good?

Although it is difficult to predict the future our experience is that most patients do find long-term relief or effective management of their pain when they complete the entire program of treatments. Regular home exercise and periodic visits to our clinic will help in maintaining your spinal health and reduce the probability of re-occurrence. As with any comprehensive rehabilitation program, your continued home care exercises and discretion in some daily activities is key to long-term relief.

Q.How much will it cost?

A.Our office visits vary as to the extent of care needed, (DTS Therapy, adjustments, laser therapy, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, etc.) However we promise to only do those procedures necessary for your fullest recovery. You always have the choice as to the extent of care. Our staff will review all costs and payment options up front. We want to help and believe finances shouldn't stand in the way of you and good health.