Frequently Asked Questions About Decompression-Traction

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

The specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination. Based on current research, the best results have been achieved utilizing 15-20 sessions over a 6-8week period. Based on that most common protocol, the total cost of the DTS treatments would be $1,600.00. This of course includes any modalities (Including cold laser) as well as supervised therapeutic exercise. Most insurances ARE ACCEPTED and are subject to verification.

Does Decompression Therapy work for everyone?

Eighty-to-ninety percent of patients who have been properly selected and comply with the Spinal Disc Decompression protocol will have good-to-excellent outcomes. Patient’s conditions that do not respond quickly to the therapy are often unable to be helped by anything quickly. Patients vary in age, sex and body morphology and may require counseling in weight loss, nutrition and other lifestyle changes.

Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not indicated?

Decompression therapy has no value if the disc in question has completely prolapsed (similar to a flat tire). At this point there IS NO INTRADISCAL PRESSURE TO REDUCE. Also, disc fragmentation will not respond to decompression traction. Patients with the following problems or symptoms are usually excluded from using the Spinal Decompression therapy: Pregnancy, Prior lumbar surgical fusion, Metastatic cancer, Severe osteoporosis, Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1, Pars defect, Aortic aneurysm, Pelvic or abdominal cancer, Disc space infections, Severe peripheral neuropathy, Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction, Cauda Equina syndrome, Tumors, osteoid osteoma, multiple myeloma, osteosarcoma, Infection, osteomyelitis and meningitis.

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. As stated above, these are part of your treatment plan.

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

Most certainly! One study documented by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases! Another study reported that 86% of ruptured disc patients achieved “good” (50-89% improvement) to “excellent (90-100% improvement) results after spinal decompression therapy!


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Dr Oshidar, Burlington County Chiropractor / Advanced Back & Neck Care 227 Madison Ave Lumberton NJ 08048 / (609)261-7562
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