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Spinal Decompression

Jernigan Chiropractic is proud to be one of the few offices to offer Spinal Decompression Therapy to our community and patients. Spinal Decompression therapy is designed to help patients who suffer from disc problems including bulging, herniated, or degenerated discs in the neck and low back. Symptoms include neck pain, back pain, arm or leg pain, numbness and tingling and even sciatica. This exciting therapy offers a high success rate, especially when combined with corrective chiropractic care and spinal rehabilitation.

We utilize the DTS Triton system, one of the most sophisticated computerized traction systems available. This system provides comfortable positioning and versatility in targeting each patient's individual needs. While not all patients qualify for this type of care, Spinal Decompression Therapy is ideal for patients who have disc problems that are prohibiting them from achieving their maximum health potential and keeping them from participating in activities they enjoy such as golfing, walking or running, or even everyday chores at home. This therapy can take them to next level in healing and avoiding potentially dangerous spinal injections or surgery.

Common Questions & Answers

About Spinal Decompression Therapy
What conditions does Spinal Decompression treat?

Spinal Decompression therapy is an innovative and non-surgical treatment for disc injuries resulting in neck, back, and limb pain. Spinal Decompression Therapy is designed to help patients who suffer from disc problems including bulging, herniation, or degeneration in the neck or low back. Symptoms may include neck or back pain, arm, leg pain or numbness. This may include painful sciatica or numbing carpal tunnel like symptoms. Spinal decompression also benefits individuals with facet syndrome, where the spinal joints are inflamed and not functioning well.


How does Spinal Decompression work and what will I feel?

Patients lie on the Decompression Table with comfortable pads either behind their neck or around their waist and chest, depending on their treatment. The computerized process involves a series of gentle stretches that separate the vertebrae causing a negative pressure in 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. Although these changes are almost imperceptible after each treatment, over time, the results are truly remarkable. In addition, the gentle pumping action utilized by the Decompression Table helps nutrient-rich fluids flow to the inside of the disc. This allows for additional healing to occur in the areas of disc degeneration.

How long does it take?
The treatment plan will be customized for each patient depending on his or her condition. The average treatment ranges from one to four months with visit times about 15 to 30 minutes in length.

Is SDT performed as a complete therapy by itself?
Spinal Decompression therapy provides amazing benefits to patients with disc problems. It has helped patient's avoid surgery, spinal injections, and potentially addictive pain medication. We realize, however, that it is not a "cure all" and recognize that a holistic approach is involved for complete healing. Disc problems often occur over time due to improper position of the vertebrae (also known as subluxation) which must be corrected for complete ultimate healing. In order to heal the affected discs, our office typically recommends a series of decompression sessions coupled with spinal rehabilitation exercises and specific chiropractic adjustments.

Is this different from old "standard traction" or an inversion table?

Traction was an early method to release the spine by pulling it apart with one motion. Decompression therapy is very different in that it adds progressively more tension until it arrives in the "treatment zone" where it gently pumps the disc. 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. Traction might feel good to a patient who doesn't have a lot of pain or muscle tightness to begin with, but if there is any significant tension around the affected area, traction may actually increase this tension and cause more pain. The gradual stretching process of the Decompression Therapy will be much more comfortable for patients with significant tension areas. Plus the pumping action can promote a process called imbibition which pulls nutrients into the disc to maximize the health of this living, vital area of the spine.

I've seen other offices advertise tables other than the DTS table, is there any difference?
Spinal Decompression therapy has recently gained popularity due to the results it has obtained for patients with disc problems. 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.

Our office chose the Triton® DTS system over other manufacturers for several other reasons. The DTS utilizes a special table that "expands" and "contracts" as your spine is being decompressed. The result is a fluid motion that allows for high patient comfort and utilizes less force to produce the results. The real heart of the decompression is in the computerized traction pulley system. Our system includes the brand new computerized pulley head system which is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced unit in the world. No office - and we do mean NO OFFICE - has more "state of the art" spinal decompression systems. In fact, the new 2006 Triton® head 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 recently purchased for the treatment of its world-class athletes.
We also selected the Triton® DTS systems due to their ability to treat discs in both the neck and the low back.

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

What if I am currently under care with my medical doctor, neurologist, orthopedic, physical therapist, or another chiropractor for my disc problem?
Spinal decompression therapy can enhance other treatments you are currently receiving from other health care providers. We are excited to perform this vital therapy and co-manage your case with your other physicians in order to provide the best possible care.

How much does it cost?
The cost of the treatment will depend on the patient's condition. A typical cost of treatment ranges between $1000 - $3000. We offer a broad range of payment plans to fit your budget, we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and we offer interest free financing through Care Credit.

How do I get started?
We want make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Simply call our office at (228) 896-7574 to schedule an appointment. Please click on the "New Patient" section to download and print out the new patient application to save you time on your first visit and provide us valuable information on your condition.

Dr. Jeremy Jernigan and his team are happy to provide you and your family with the most advanced technology for health and wellness. Call today to begin your path to becoming pain free and full of vibrant health 228-896-7574.

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  • "I was in an accident several years ago. It led to chronic neck and low back pain and I had headaches every day. Dr. Jernigan helped me get out of pain and stay out of pain"
    M. Smith / Gulfport, MS

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