SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY
The Chattanooga Distractive Traction System (DTS) used in our clinic represents the latest development in computerized cyclic decompressive therapy for injured or damaged lumbar and cervical discs.
Because discs have been shown to be a predominate site of pain, treating the discs as directly as possible makes sense. The DTS system is a comprehensive program of the newest traction techniques along with targeted "core" stabilization exercises. DTS therapy creates a controlled unloading of the vertebra to decrease disc pressure thus increasing blood and nutrient exchange. This exchange of fluids is something the disc desperately needs to help it from the inside out. The specially designed decompression table slowly and gently separates to releive the pressure on spinal nerves and in many cases suctions displaced disc material back into a more central, proper position away from sensitive tissues. Although is is hard to predict the future, it is our experience that most patients experience long-term relief or effective management of their pain when they complete the entire program of treatments.
Fontenot Chiropractic & Rehab offers a full array of chiropractic services for your health and well being. You can read more on this page about the specific services and techniques we offer.
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Back Pain & Sciatica During Pregnancy
We use a specially designed treatment table for patlient comfort
When does back pain deserve professional attention?
Until a few years ago, many people suffering from back pain stayed in bed until they were pain- free. Research has shown that this often needlessly prolonged their disability. Nowadays, people are advised to stay in bed for only a couple of days. Exercises are often described to begin as soon as the patient can perform them.
However, some people do not respond well to this and have frequent relapses and worse pain with each recurrence. These more severe cases are usually due to pressure upon a nerve root in the spine. A clue that you might have such nerve pressure is the presence of pain or numbness in the buttock, down the leg, and possibly into the foot. In later stages, there may also be weakness of the leg muscles. In some cases, the big toe on the affected side droops. This may be the first indication of muscular weakness, and is caused by damaging pressure (in the spinal canal) on the nerve supplying the muscle that lifts the big toe.
Accordingly, any long-term low back pain victim, especially one who develops difficulty in rasing the big toe, should see their chiropractic doctor about this without delay. Such cases need to be investigated by special lower spine X-rays, or other imaging procedures (e.g., MRI), to determine what is pressing upon the affected nerve. Usually the problem can be corrected in a short time with special chiropractic treatment and adjustments. In a few cases we may consult with a neurosurgeon.
Back injuries are sustained in a myriad of ways and some people are more likely to develop back pain and injury than others are. Some people incur back injuries from doing seemingly nothing; a simple twist or turn the wrong way in bed, for example, could cause a vertebra to go out of alignment. Others incur injury at home or on the job, while others sustain back injuries from traumatic events such as a vehicular accident.
Back injuries can be sustained on any number of structures in the spine. Although lower back injuries are the most prevalent, many people have sustained injuries to the thoracic (middle spine) or cervical (neck) portions of their spinal cord. Injuries can occur to the vertebrae, discs, nerves, joints, muscles, and other soft tissues. Once an injury has been incurred, other parts of the body, from the toes to the head, also can be affected.
Nationally, back injuries cost U.S. businesses approximately $30 billion per year, at an estimated average cost per claim of $24,000. If surgery is involved, the cost for claims increases significantly to $40,000 per injury or higher. One recent back injury involving surgery totaled $240,000.
Health care industry workers sustain nearly five times more back injuries than any other type of worker and are among 6 of the top 10 professions at greatest risk for back injury, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.