Restoration of disk height through non- surgical spinal decompression is associated with decreased discogenic low back pain: a retrospective cohort study


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APFEL C. C. , Cakmakkaya O. S. , MARTIN W., RICHMOND C., Macario A., GEORGE E., ...More

BMC MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS, vol.11, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/1471-2474-11-155
  • Title of Journal : BMC MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS

Abstract

Background: Because previous studies have suggested that motorized non-surgical spinal decompression can reduce chronic low back pain (LBP) due to disc degeneration (discogenic low back pain) and disc herniation, it has accordingly been hypothesized that the reduction of pressure on affected discs will facilitate their regeneration. The goal of this study was to determine if changes in LBP, as measured on a verbal rating scale, before and after a 6-week treatment period with non-surgical spinal decompression, correlate with changes in lumbar disc height, as measured on computed tomography (CT) scans.