Spinal Decompression Research:
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010– Restoration of disk height through non-surgical decompression is associated with decreased discogenic low back pain: 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.
Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2005– Short and long-term outcomes following treatment with the VAX-D for patients with chronic, activity-limiting low back pain.
This study examined 67 patients with low back pain that had radiologic evidence of a herniated disc. These patients underwent an 8-week course of VAX-D (Vertebral axial decompression) treatment, with measures obtained at discharge, 30, and 180 days after discharge. Significant improvements were seen in pain rating and activity limitation at every measurement period.
Journal of Neurologic Research 2004– Efficacy of vertebral axial decompression on chronic low back pain: study of dosage regimen.
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%).
Anaesthesiology News 2003- VAX-D reduces chronic discogenic low back pain.
“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 retired.” 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 still had back pain (Spine 1988).
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