What Does Scientific Research Say About The Success Rate Of Spinal Decompression.

Research has shown non-surgical spinal decompression to have a success rate of 71% to 89% for patients. Over ten different research studies have been conducted with all of them showing great results for patients treated with spinal decompression. Here is a quick summary of the research studies performed on spinal decompression.

Is Spinal Decompression Good For Back Pain?

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In a study involving patients with an average of ten years of chronic back pain, after only two weeks of treatments of spinal decompression, there was a 50% reduction in pain scores. Upon the completion entire six week protocol, a success rate of 88.9% was documented. 

Journal of Neuroimaging entitled MRI Evidence of Nonsurgical, Mechanical Reduction, Rehydration and Repair of the Herniated Lumbar Disc from April 1998 Vol. 8, NO.2, Edward L. Eyerman, MD.

They found that non-surgical spinal decompression treatments resulted in: “All but 3 of 20 patients reported significant pain relief and complete relief of weakness and immobility, when present. Also, this study showed a correlation between the improvement on the MRI and the reported improvement in pain.”

Increase In Disc Height/Decrease Herniation

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Volume 2 Issue 1 of the European Musculoskeletal Review state, “Evidence-based data that show the promising effects of spinal decompression on the safe and effective treatment of LBP continue to accumulate. The report titled Management of Low Back Pain with a Non-surgical Decompression System Case Report 

This was a case study on the before and after treatment MRI findings of a 69-year-old male with low back pain. 

Before treatment, the patient reported experiencing low back pain. This pain radiated into both of his legs. 

When told to rate his pain intensity on a scale of 0-10, the patient rated his pain a 10. 

The patient had 22 spinal decompression treatments over a seven-week period. 

Amazingly, after completing the treatment, the patient reported a pain level of 1. 

This means he was reported to have no back pain. This is after initially describing his pain level as unbearable only seven weeks earlier.

Also, four months after the initial spinal decompression treatment, a follow-up MRI was performed. It revealed a decrease in herniation size and increased disc height in multiple discs.

American Journal of Pain Management studied the Long-term Effect Analysis of Spinal Decompression Therapy in Low Back Pain: It was A Retrospective Clinical Pilot Study done in July 2005 by C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD; Nirman Koladia, MD and Merrill M. Wesemann, MD. 

This study of 24 participants, reported consistent pain relief. Additionally, they reported continual improvement of symptoms one year later for all 24 participants. Also, there were improvement in pain symptoms continued after the treatment sessions were completed.

Journal of Neuroimaging entitled MRI Evidence of Nonsurgical, Mechanical Reduction, Rehydration and Repair of the Herniated Lumbar Disc from April 1998 Vol. 8, NO.2, Edward L. Eyerman, MD. 

This study found non-surgical spinal decompression resulted in: “All but 3 of 20 patients reported significant pain relief and complete relief of weakness and immobility, when present. This study also shows a correlation between the improvement on the MRI and the reported improvement in pain.”

Does the success rate of spinal decompression treatments last or does the pain come back over time?

Decompression Reduces Chronic Back Pain: A four year Study; R. Odell M.D., D Boudreau D.O., Anesthesiology News March 2003

“Results have been reported in a small series of patients with chronic low back pain caused by disc herniations, bulges and degeneration who were treated with a spinal decompression device. Four years after receiving spinal decompression treatments, of the 23 patients who responded, 52% had a pain level of zero, and 91% were able to resume their normal daily activities. Over 80% showed 50% or Better Pain Reduction at the End of the 4 Year study. And greater than 50% Still Had a Pain Level of Zero. Thus pain relief not only improved but lasted.”

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