What is DTS and how does it work?
Is DTS better than surgery?
If I've already had back surgery, can I still have DTS?
Will DTS help a slipped disc?

If I go on DTS, how many treatments will I need, and how quickly can I expect to get better?
Are there any reasons that I can't go on DTS?
If DTS works so well, how come I haven't heard more about it?
How is DTS different from traction or the other treatment claiming to decompress the spine?
Why should I consider DTS Therapy?
How much does DTS cost, and will my health insurance or Workers' Compensation cover it?

Questions and Answers

Most people have many questions about non-surgical spinal decompression and the patented decompression traction system (DTS) We recommend that anyone who is interested in this process investigate all the options when it comes to you and your family's health. Here are some of the common questions that we hear from our patients.

What is DTS and how does it work?

DTS (Decompression Traction System) is a patented process that employs three very important procedures: 1)gentle traction that stretches the spine and decompresses discs. Pressures in the lower lumber spine can be as high as +170 mm of mercury during many common daily activities. DTS Treatment is able to reduce the pressure in the lumbar spine down to levels of -160 mm of mercury, allowing fluids and nutrients to re-enter the disc; reducing swelling and relieving the pressure on compressed nerves. Simply put, DTS breaks the pain cycle caused by bulging or degenerated discs and helps the body heal itself. Patients are treated fully clothed and are fitted with harnesses that fit around their pelvis and thorax as they lie either face down or face up on a traction device. A Certified SDC technician operates the computerized device. 2) electrical stimulation of the affected area to restore normal circulation and increase interstitial fluid support of the injured areas. 3) Biofeedback Stabilization which re-educates supportive musculature that has failed as a primary cause of the condition. This stabilization and eventual rehabilitation provides for gradual relief of the symptoms as well as long term correction. Each treatment takes about 45 minutes. Most patients find DTS to be comfortable and relief of pain can usually be noticed in the first few sessions.

Is DTS better than surgery?

In most cases, DTS is better than surgery. This is due to the fact that surgery has inherent risks and physically alters the spine by removing all or part of the disc when sometimes, the disc is not the only part of the spine causing the problem.. Although this can reduce the pressure on the nerve, and relieve the back pain, the surgery tends to place more stress on the healthy discs above and below. Complications from surgery can be severe and may result in debilitating conditions. Clinical Studies show that DTS is successful in about 8 out of 10 cases.

If I've already had back surgery, can I still have DTS?

Having back surgery does not prevent you from having DTS unless you have fixed surgical hardware used to fuse the spine. In fact, clinical studies show that DTS provides relief for patients who have had one or more back surgeries.

Will DTS help a slipped disc?

A bulging or "herniated" disc is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a "slipped" disc. DTS succeeds at treating bulging or herniated discs over 70% of the time.

If I go on DTS, how many treatments will I need, and how quickly can I expect to get better?

The number of treatment sessions required depends upon the diagnosis and the overall severity of your condition. One treatment session is about 40 minutes long. The total number of treatments averages between 15 and 20 sessions. Some difficult cases may require some additional sessions. Relief from pain varies with each individual and their physiology. However, most patients will experience some pain relief within the first few treatments.

Are there any reasons that I can't go on DTS?

There are a few individuals that cannot take advantage of this treatment. These people have conditions such as:

  • Tumors
  • Fractures
  • Advanced Osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain conditions (diseases) that compromise the structural integrity of the spine and discs. These conditions are present in only a small percentage of the population.

If DTS works so well, how come I haven't heard more about it?

DTS is a relatively new medical procedure in the United States. The therapy has worked for thousands of patients, and over 2800 patients per day, worldwide, are now being treated. The awareness of DTS is growing every day, as physicians and healthcare providers learn about DTS and the phenomenal results it has achieved in numerous clinical studies. As a result, DTS is now becoming the standard of care for chronic low back pain.

How is DTS different from traction or the other treatment claiming to decompress the spine?

Although traction devices can stretch the lower back, they have not demonstrated the ability to decompress the lumbar discs and spinal nerves like DTS. Traction tables have a small electric motors in the table. Frequently, DTS research is found on traction table websites. DTS also employs electrical stimulation and a biofeedback routine that creates permanent healing and support. Unlike any other system, the DTS protocol is the whole package.

Why should I consider DTS Therapy?

DTS is a Non-Surgical Treatment for Low Back Pain and the only treatment that delivers DTS's decompression. DTS Therapy has been proven safe and effective in numerous clinical studies. Many patients are being treated with DTS Therapy every day. Other so-called 'decompression treatments' simply do not provide all three aspects of DTS necessary to accomplish both relief and restoration of spinal function without compression. DTS Therapy is non-invasive and without the risks and complications associated with surgery, injections and anesthesia. DTS is painless and patients can remain at light duty work while taking treatment. DTS is also easy and convenient. Sessions last about 45 minutes a day, for 15 - 20 days.

How much does DTS cost, and will my health insurance or Workers' Compensation cover it?

DTS Therapy is covered by most insurance policies, either in whole or in part. Generally, the cost of DTS is about 1/15th the cost of back surgery. Workers Compensation coverage varies by state. Several carriers have agreed to cover DTS through a series of contracted and accredited Spinal Decompression Centers.

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