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: 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.
Why Triton DTS?
At Swank Chiropractic, Sports Medicine and Wellness Center, 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 2006 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 and 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.