Spinal Decompression

What is DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Our office offers spinal decompression, which is a non-invasive alternative to back surgery for our patients. DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is FDA cleared and has been clinically proven with a high success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs…even after failed surgery. Spinal Decompression at our Sandy, UT chiropractic office is a non-surgical 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 or “unloading” 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, Dr. Smith & Dr. Ross chose the Triton DTS 600 Series system manufactured by the Chattanooga Group, the premier manufacturer of physical medicine equipment. Our clinic has the brand new 600 Series table and computerized head which is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced unit in the world. No office has a more “state of the art” spinal Decompression system. In fact, the new Triton System for spinal decompression 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 spinal decomression Triton DTS system for our Sandy, UT office 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 award winning Triton computer is the key, and we are excited to offer this computer and treatment for spinal decompression at our Sandy, UT chiropractic office. 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.

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 our Sandy, UT spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves).

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 in many cases. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery, can be performed.

Are the sessions painful, how many will be needed and what is the cost? 

In almost all cases, Our Sandy, UT spinal decompression treatments are completely painless. In fact, most patients relax or sleep during spinal decompression session. The specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination. Based on current research and our clinical experience, the best results have been achieved utilizing 18-24 sessions over a 6 to 10 week period. In most cases, insurance may cover or supplement some of the cost of your care.

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. We offer a variety of therapies at our Sandy, UT office, and many of our patients benefit from cold laser therapy and chiropractic adjustments in conjunction with their spinal decompression treatments.

How do I get started?

We want make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy. Please contact our Sandy, UT spinal decompression office at 801.523.0073 for more information and to learn if spinal decompression is right for you.