Spinal Decompression


Our website will give you the complete facts about Spinal Decompression Therapy including clinical trials that support its effectiveness.

If you need any additional information, please call our office at 570-422-1446 and ask to speak to the doctor. That's right, we'll talk to you personally in order to help you make the right decision.

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is FDA cleared and has a high success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs...even after failed surgery.  It is a non-surgical, traction based 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 effect within it. 

How does this negative pressure affect an injured disc?


During spinal decompression therapy, a negative pressure is created within the disc.  Because of that negative pressure, disc material that has protruded or herniated can be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, and permit healing to occur.
What system is used for this purpose?


After a significant amount of research, our office chose the Triton® DTS system manufactured by the Chattanooga Group, the premier manufacturer of physical medicine equipment.  In fact, the new Triton® is so revolutionary that it won the Australian Design Award in the "Medical and Scientific" category. We also selected the Triton® DTS systems due to its ability to treat discs in both the neck and the low back. 

How is Spinal Decompression Therapy different from regular traction?

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The award winning Triton® sEMG 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 computer generated patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc rehydration.

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 herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves).

Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy?


Yes!  Studies documented by MRI show a 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases.  Other studies reported that the majority of ruptured disc patients achieved "good" to "excellent" results after spinal decompression therapy.

Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not indicated?

Although safe and effective for most patients, spinal decompression therapy is not suitable 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.  However, spinal decompression-traction therapy can be performed after non-fusion surgery. 

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

In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless.  In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session.  Our state of the art decompression table has the sEMG feedback module which digitally monitors patient comfort level. 

The specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination.  Based on current research, the best results have been achieved utilizing 20 sessions over a 6-week period.

Cost of the spinal decompression therapy is based upon type of condition and the severity of the complaint.  Because not everyone is qualified as a candidate for decompression therapy, we advise a patient-doctor consultation before we can accept you as a patient.  Because of the varying complaints and condition of the patient, it is best to set up a one-on-one consultation with the providing physician to see whether or not spinal decompression therapy is right for you.

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 physio-therapies, chiropractic treatment (as indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.  Our state of the art facility also includes laser therapy, featuring the K-Laser,  which may be utilized as an additional treatment option.  Depending on the condition and the severity, each of the treatment plans will vary for each individual.

How do I get started?

We want to make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression-Traction Therapy.  Before we can accept you as our patient, please call our office at 570-422-1446 so we may best evaluate your condition.  Consultation is needed before Dr. Burak can accept you as a patient.

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