Spinal Decompression

What to Expect at Your First Appointment?


During your initial appointment with Dr. Talerico, he will review your medical history and study any images (X-rays and MRI's) you have to determine which of our most effective treatment modalities will best fit your needs! If you do not have any images, Dr. Talerico may recommend and X-ray or MRI to pinpoint the specific areas of damage and discomfort. Dr. Talerico will then determine your course of therapy and whether you are a candidate for Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD).

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD)

Spinal Decompression is effective in treating back pain, neck pain, and sciatica caused by bulging, herniated, and degenerative discs and facet syndrome.

What is Spinal Decompression?

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.


What Is Typical Treatment Regimen?

A typical NSSD treatment regimen consists of 20 sessions over six to ten weeks. Many patients begin to 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 NSSD program.


What To Expect From NSSD?

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.


What Does My Initial Visit With Dr. Talerico Involve?

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 not a candidate for Spinal Decompression, he will determine which of our other effective treatment modalities will best fit your needs.