We Treat:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatic Leg Pain
  • Spine-Related Arthritis
  • Foraminal or Spine Stenosis
  • Herniated or Bulging Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Joint Pain

Office Information:

  • Summit Medical Center
    11618 US Hwy 70 West, Ste. 106
    Clayton, NC 27520

    Phone: (919) 373-2000
    Fax: (919) 373-2200
    Email: info@carolinaspineanddisc.com

  • Hours:
    Mon and Wed: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Tues and Thurs: 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Fri: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm


(TDN)Trigger Point Dry Needling/Intramuscular Manual Therapy, also known as Dry Needling is a technique that utilizes small needles to deactivate trigger points (typically hypersensitive areas) and “loosen” shortened muscles. Trigger points in the body can cause pain at that location and can even cause referred pain into other nearby body parts, ultimately resulting in a loss of function. Once the trigger point has “loosened,” there should be a decrease in pain and improvement in function. The treatment likely has an effect on multiple systems in the body, including the immune/inflammatory, biomechanical, vascular, and neuro-musculoskeletal systems.

The primary goal of dry needling is to “calm down” supersensitive structures, restore/improve motion and functional mobility, and possibly create a healing response in the tissue.

What Does it Do?

The primary goal of dry needling is to “calm down” supersensitive structures, restore/improve motion and functional mobility, and possibly create a healing response in the tissue. Dry needling is a highly effective treatment, and unequaled in identifying and eliminating these referring or “hidden” sources of neuromuscular disorder.

The treatment involves identifying the source of the pain and advancing a small filament needle into the related muscles, eliciting a small twitch response and then relaxing the muscle. The indentification and stimulation of the these trigger points can “reboot” or “reset” the muscle to alleviate both the original problem area as well as secondary pain. Many patient experience dramatic pain relief and improved function in just a few treatments, often with lasting relief.

What it is not.

Trigger Point Dry Needling/Intramuscular Manual Therapy is not Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a treatment based on Eastern Medical Diagnosis requiring training in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use of needles is only one part of the treatment for Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and Acupunctuists. There are numerous other techniques to assess and treat. Some of which include; herbs, nutrition, psychology, tongue and pulse diagosis, balancing chi and assessing meridians. Needles are only one part of treatment for Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners.

What To Expect After Dry Needling.pdf

More FAQ's...

  • Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD) is an effective treatment for neck and back pain, from disc disease, to arthritis, to sciatica and more. Spinal Decompression slowly lengthens and takes pressure off the tissues in the spine, creating negative pressures within the disc. This vacuum effect pulls oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids back into the disc space. This process also repositions the bulging disc and pulls the disc material back into place, taking pressure off sensitive structures like our nerve roots. By doing this, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is actually able to recruit the body's own healing mechanisms to enable the spine to heal itself.

  • Our clinic is spine-focused and a manual clinic, meaning our therapists are trained in hands-on-techniques which can reduce your pain by helping align your spine and joints by getting them out of repetitive dysfunctional positions. Exercises are then introduced to improve flexibility and range-of-motion, to support and stabilize your spine and hips to promote a healthy spine and improved quality of life. Quality Physical Therapy involves exercise, but does not solely rely on exercise to get your better. Physical Therapy is an avenue to recovery from pain, injuries, and physical conditions that affect your body from performing correctly.

  • You will be fitted with an adjustable harness designed to achieve comfortable decompression of the spine - a pelvic harness for the lumbar spine and a specialized foam head support for the cervical spine. The computer inside our table continuously monitors tension forces and the exact angle of tension to provide the most comfortable and effective decompression therapy. The machine has sensors that are able to detect and adjust for the most subtle of movements, spasm, or involuntary guarding effect from your muscles. The treatment process is safe and relaxing. Many patients report relief from their pain and other symptoms during the first few treatment sessions, and most experience dramatic pain relief after completion of their prescribed program of NSSD.

  • At your initial visit to Carolina Spine and Disc Center, you will receive a complete physical exam by Dr. Talerico. He will review your symptoms and go over your MRI or X-Ray images to determine if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression. If you are a candidate, he will determine which of our most effective treatment modalities will best fit your needs.

"I am a mother of 3 and business owner under the age of 40. I have a very demanding lifestyle and I like it that way. Unfortunately, my back and neck pain had been setting me back on a regular basis and I was getting behind in my household and business responsibilities. Not to mention, I started gaining weight due to lack of motiviation to go to the gym or exercise because of the extreme pain I was experiencing from degenerative discs in my neck and scoliosis. The lifestyle I loved, seemed harder and harder to keep up with. Then I saw an ad online for Carolina Spine and Disc Center. Finally, a non-surgical procedure and with an 86% success rate! I called and made an appointment that day and they got me in the same day. I have been going for months now and I cannot believe how much better I feel. It really does work! Thank you Dr. Talerico for giving me not only pain relief but a permanent solution to my neck and back pain so that I can get back to living!".