Spinal Decompression Therapy – Research Shows Pain Reduction

Research on Spinal Decompression Therapy

 

Recent study shows spinal decompression therapy leading to decreased low back pain for patients: a retrospective cohort study.

This recent study examined the records of 30 patients with low back pain who underwent a 6-week protocol of non-surgical spinal decompression, and who had CT scans before and after treatment. The study concluded that non-surgical spinal decompression was associated with reduction of pain and an increase in disc height. A randomized controlled trial is needed to confirm these promising results. Beattie et al., Short and long term outcomes following treatment with the VAX-D for patients with chronic, activity-limiting low back pain. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2005 (Volume 35, Number 1) This study examined 67 patients with chronic low back pain that had radiologic evidence of a herniated disc. These patients underwent an 8-week course of VAX-D treatment, with measures obtained at discharge, 30, and 180 days after treatment. Significant improvement was seen in pain rating and activity-limitation at every measurement period. Ramos, G. Efficacy of vertebral axial decompression on chronic low back pain: study of dosage regimen. Journal of Neurologic Research 2004 (Volume 26, Number 3) The purpose of this study was to see if patients responded to two different protocols of VAX-D (Vertebral axial decompression) who failed standard medical physical therapy. Those patients who did 18 sessions achieved a higher percent of remission (76%) than those who did only 9 (43%). Pembrook. VAX-D reduces chronic discogenic low back pain. Anaesthesiology News 2003 (Volume 29, Number 3) “Of the 23 patients who responded, 52% had a pain level of zero, and 91% were able to resume their normal activities, and 87% were either working or were retired.”

52% had a pain level of zero, and 91% were able to resume their normal activities

 

None of the patients underwent surgery after receiving VAX-D treatment. In contrast, in a study of 575 patients who underwent surgery, 17 years after their surgery, 70% of patients said they still had back pain. (Spine 1988, 13:1418-1422) HillDT Solutions.revised 2.13 Treatment of Patients With Degenerative Cervical Radiculopathy Using a Multimodal Conservative Approach in a Geriatric Population: A Case Series Steven W. Forbush, Terry Cox, Eric Wilson DOI: 10.2519/jospt.2011.3592 STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective clinical case series. OBJECTIVE: To describe the management of 10 patients with advanced cervical spondyloarthrosis with radiculopathy, using manual therapy, intermittent mechanical cervical traction, and home exercises. BACKGROUND: Predictors and short-term outcomes of cervical radiculopathy have been published. These predictors have not been developed for, or applied to, geriatric patients with spondylitic radiculopathy. CASE DESCRIPTION: A series of 10 patients (aged 67 to 82 years) were referred to a physical therapist for medically pre-diagnosed cervical spondyloarthrosis and radiculopathy, as determined by magnetic resonance imaging. Neck Disability Index (NDI), numeric pain rating scale (NPRS), upper limb tension testing, Spurling’s test, and the cervical distraction test were all completed on each patient at initial examination and at discharge. NDI and NPRS data were also collected at 6 months post treatment. Intervention included manual therapy (including high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation) of the upper thoracic and cervical spine, intermittent mechanical cervical traction, and a home program (including deep cervical Blexor strengthening) for 6 to 12 sessions over a period of 3 to 6 weeks. OUTCOMES: All 10 patients had substantial improvement in NPRS and NDI scores. The mean NPRS score was less than 1/10, and the mean NDI score was 6/50 at discharge, compared to the original mean NPRS and NDI scores of 5.7 and 27.4, respectively. All patients reported maintaining those gains for 6 months.3

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