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. 100
    Clayton, NC 27520

    Phone: (919) 373-2000
    Fax: (919) 373-2200
    Email: info@carolinaspineanddisc.com
    Hours: M-Th 7:30-7:30pm, Fri 7:30-1pm

What the current medical journals are saying...

• This January 9, 2015 article in Spine, the leading spine journal, notes that, after eight years, there is no difference in pain or function outcomes between lumbar spinal stenosis patients receiving surgery and those who did not. http://www.dailyrx.com/spinal-stenosis-surgery-can-relieve-pain-over-time-its-results-were-similar-nonsurgical-treatment?autoplay=497640495

• This article goes a step further. It appeared in the April 6, 2015 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, one of the most reputable medical journals in the world. It demonstrates that lumbar spinal stenosis patients who receive surgery vs. physical therapy have similar outcomes in pain and level of function for the first two years. http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/BackPain/50847

• Those two studies were done without factoring in the emerging use of non-surgical spinal decompression (NSSD) as a part of the physical therapy treatment. Non-surgical spinal decompression combined with spine-specific physical therapy is our forte at Carolina Spine and Disc Center. And, while we have not yet been open for two years, our preliminary results give a strong indication that addition of spinal decompression to physical therapy tips the scales definitively in favor of physical therapy (with NSSD) over surgery.

• While Endurance Magazine is written for athletes and is, of course, not a medical journal, an article in the May, 2015 edition discusses three of the newer, more cutting-edge physical therapy modalities used for both professional and recreational athletes. In case you are wondering why we make mention of it: all three of these latest techniques are already offered by the physical therapy team here at Carolina Spine and Disc Center.
http://www.magazooms.com/HTML5/Endurance-Magazine-LLC-Endurance-Magazine-May-2015/When-Recovery-Goes-Wrong

  • 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.

  • Your initial consultion with Dr. Talerico is free. He will review your medical history and study any images you have to 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 and Travis 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!".