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Spinal Decompression

Midwest Chiropractic and Sports Medicine is the area's leader of treatment with non-surgical spinal decompression. The Triton DTS Therapy System offers patients with cervical and lumbar herniated or bulging disc, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, facet syndrome, post-surgical failure, chronic low back pain, and arm or leg pain and numbness the most advanced non-invasive treatment option available. We have utilized this modality to treated over 20,000 patients in the past 15 years with amazing results. If you have one of these conditions give us a call to see if this treatment can keep you from having life altering surgery.

Patient FAQs

What is the DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy System?

The DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy System is the World's Most Advanced Non-Surgical treatment for low back conditions and the DTS System is the only device certified to administer IVDDD (Intervertebral Disc Decompression and Distraction) Therapy┬«. It is a computer controlled mechanized high tech pain reduction and healing system that was developed after many years of research and development by a team of physicians, including a renowned neurosurgeon, and bioengineers.  The DTS offers an advanced technique to doctors for non-invasive treatment of the spine. The DTS System is manufactured in the USA by the Chattanooga Group, the world's largest manufacturer of rehabilitation equipment for treating skeletal, muscular, neurological, and soft tissue disorders.

How does DTS Therapy work?

The patient is instructed to lay face up (supine) on the specially designed table where they are fitted with unique pelvic and torso harnesses.  The harness is then attached by belts and ropes to the Triton DTS Decompression Head. The table is then adjusted to create an angle of pull between 10 and 55 degrees to target the specific disc level. The system is quickly programmed via touch pad for intervals of 50 seconds of decompression followed by 20 seconds of partial relaxation. The amount of decompressive force, from 10 to 150 pounds, is then programmed in followed by treatment time. This entire procedure takes approximately 20 minutes.

Patients requiring cervical decompression will undergo the same procedure, but will be fitted with a Saunders cervical decompression harness instead of the pelvic and torso harnesses. The Saunders harness is the most advanced cervical decompression accessory available.

What are the indicated uses?

Patients with acute (short) and chronic (long) pain can benefit from DTS Therapy. Specifically, the system provides a program of treatments for relief from pain for those patients suffering with lumbar and cervical pain with or without radicular symptoms. The treatments are physician prescribed following specific protocols to ensure maximum, lasting improvement. The protocols use a combination of static, intermittent, and cycling decompressive forces to relieve pressure on the structures that may be causing the pain.

The DTS System treats a wide variety of conditions including:

  • Disc Herniation
  • Spondylolisthesis (Grade 1)
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Discogenic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

Can I use the DTS System used after spinal surgery?

The application of DTS Therapy at some point following surgery is NOT CONTRAINDICATED. It has been used as follow-up therapy for patients that continue to complain of post-surgical back pian.  This "dual approach" seems to offer an advantage especially in those patients that have more than one level of herniation in which only the major segment was excised.

What conditions are contraindicated for decompression therapy?

Although the DTS Therapy system is an inherently safe procedure that can be used, without complications, for a wide variety of anatomical dysfunctions of the lumbar and cervical spine, which are commonly associated with back and neck pain. Patients with the following conditions should NOT be treated with decompression therapy: Pregnant patients, Unstable Post Surgical Conditions, Vertebral Fractures, Surgical Hardware(less than 12 months post op), pathological lesions or congenital deformities of the vertebral column that disrupt the integrity of the vertebral and ligament structures.

What is the difference between DTS Therapy and Traction?

The DTS system uses progressive loading to overcome the intrinsic muscle response, which reduced conventional traction's ability to generate enough intradiscal pressure to create a vacuum effect on the spinal disc. In the DTS system the computer controlled forces are slowly added to reduce the guarding effect of the spinal stabilizer muscles. The advantage DTS has over conventional traction is the ability to create a "pumping effect" on the disc by increasing and decreasing the load as the treatment is given.

What results can I expect from DTS Therapy?

Most patients are scheduled for 20 twenty minute treatments over a 8-week period. The typical patient feels relief as fast as the first 5 to 8 treatments. Pre and post treatment MRIs have shown 50% reduction in the size and extent of herniations after 6 weeks of treatments. Clinical Studies confirm 86% of patients with disc problems reported relief with the DTS Therapy System. Meta analysis of actual patients in our office show a 95% rate of reduction of pain.

According to the self-rated Oswestry Pain Scale, treatment was successful in 86% of the 219 patients included in the study. Treatment success was defined by a reduction in pain to 0 or 1 on the pain scale. The perception of pain was none to occasional without any further need for medication or treatment in 188 patients. These patients reported complete resolution of pain, lumbar range of motion was normalized, and there was recovery of any sensory or motor loss.  The remaining 31 patients reported significant pain and disability, despite some improvement in their overall pain and disability score.

Is the DTS Therapy System cleared by the FDA?

Yes, the DTS Therapy System has received Federal Drug Administration (FDA) clearance as a Class II Medical Device with 510(k) listing.

What medical practitioners apply this treatment?

Neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, internists, family practitioners, chiropractors, multidisciplinary practices, physical therapist, and hospitals all use this treatment. Thousands of doctors throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia, Latin America, and South America are relieving back pain utilizing the DTS Therapy System.

How does disc decompression on the DTS System relieve pain?

Changes in intervertebral disc and facet joints of the cervical or lumbar spine exert pressures on vital structures resulting in pain, muscle spasm and inflammation. The DTS System relieves pressure and factors causing pain through precise, computer-controlled adjustments along the natural anatomical lines of the spinal column. It does so without applying undesirable twisting or rotational movements.

Follow-up treatment: How often is it required and how beneficial is it?

Experience has shown that the vast majority of patients who recover on the DTS System generally remain in remission. However, some individuals whose lifestyle or work environment tend to expose them to higher risk factors, have found that a follow-up or maintenance program of decompression treatment sessions offers a measure of protection against disabling exacerbations of their back pain syndrome. Patients in this category usually develop, in consultation with their IVDDD Therapy® certified physicians, their own rhythm of maintenance visits that keeps them free of problems. The onset of osteoporosis, particularly in senior patients, may also necessitate maintenance treatments.