In most studies, spinal decompression has been successful in 71% to 89% of patients. Studies on spinal decompression have been conducted more than ten times, with all of them showing good results for patients treated with it.
Listed below are a few research studies on spinal decompression:
Disc Herniation Pain Studies
There is evidence that disc herniation pain can be effectively managed with conservative treatments. Various studies found that for people suffering from moderate to severe disc herniation pain, a combination of exercise, physical therapy, and education resulted in significant improvement in pain and function.
- The results of this study demonstrated a reduction in the size of the disc herniation and pain relief.
- This study showed that spinal decompression significantly reduced the herniated disc based on follow-up MRI examination.
- Researchers discovered that spinal decompression proved to have a valid effect on the low back (L-spine) Herniated discs.
Neck Pain Studies
Patients with neck pain from herniated or bulging discs and/or degenerative disc disease report significant relief after Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a non-invasive, FDA cleared treatment for neck and back pain.
- Non-surgical spinal decompression for the neck pain (cervical) vertebrae has better results than common traction for relieving nerve root pressure and pain, according to a study.
- This study reported pain relief from their neck and back pain following non-surgical spinal decompression.
- According to a study, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment has clinical effects of pain reduction on patients with cervical (neck) disc herniation.
Studies on Spinal Decompression Being an Effective Treatment
- Based on clinical and radiologic data, this study found spinal decompression to be effective.
- Subjective reports indicate that 86% of patients previously thought to be surgical candidates had improved symptoms after spinal decompression.
- Among patients with chronic low back pain, spinal decompression was an effective method of controlling pain, enhancing functional status, and reducing depressive mood.
- This study found that among low back pain patients undergoing non-surgical spinal decompression, the pain was relieved, paraesthesias and numbness decreased, and trunk control and postural dysfunction improved.
Improved Disc Height
There is a great deal of research that supports the use of non-surgical spinal decompression as an effective treatment for conditions causing back and neck pain. Studies have found that patients who undergo regular decompression therapy experience improved disc height and reduced degeneration.
- Researchers were able to demonstrate that restoration of disc height is associated with pain relief in this study of non-surgical spinal decompression for chronic low back pain.
Decreased Radiating Leg Pain
Non-surgical spinal decompression is a treatment option for those suffering from certain types of chronic back pain. Studies have shown that this treatment can be effective in reducing pain and improving quality of life.
- A recent study indicates that spinal decompression improves the walking duration of patients with lumbar radiculopathy, and thus it can be incorporated into the rehabilitation program for patients with low back radiating pain (lumbar radiculopathy) to improve functional outcomes.
- Pergolizzi, J., Richmond, C., Auster, M., Florio, F. and Wilhelm, J., 2008. Non-surgical spinal decompression (DRX9000) for the treatment of chronic low-back pain: a case report. Touch Briefings: US Musculoskeletal Review 2008, 2.
- Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 1015-1022, 2017
- Gionis, T.A. and Groteke, E., 2003. Spinal decompression. Orthopedic technology review, 5, pp.36-39.
- Koçak, F.A., Tunç, H., Sütbeyaz, S.T., Akkuş, S., Köseoğlu, B.F. and Yılmaz, E., 2018. Comparison of the short-term effects of the conventional motorized traction with non-surgical spinal decompression performed with a DRX9000 device on pain, functionality, depression, and quality of life in patients with low back pain associated with lumbar disc herniation: A single-blind randomized-controlled trial. Turkish journal of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 64(1), p.17.
- Ekediegwu, E.C., Chuka, C., Nwosu, I., Uchenwoke, C., Ekechukwu, N. and Odole, A.A., 2019. A Case Series of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression as an Adjunct to Routine Physiotherapy Management of Patients with Chronic Mechanical Low Back Pain. J Spine, 8(432), p.2.
- Seo, S.K., Kim, B.J., Park, K.J., Kang, J.H., Kim, S.K. and Seo, D.W., 2011. The Clinical Studies for Non Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment on Cervical Disc Herniation. Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation, 21(4), pp.131-143.
- Won, J.K., Park, D.S., Pi, C.H., Song, Y.S., Kwon, Y.M. and Park, T.Y., 2007. The clinical effects of non sugical spinal decompression treatment on HIVD. The Journal of Korea CHUNA Manual Medicine for Spine and Nerves, 2(2), pp.41-48.
- Xiaoxiao, X. and Chuhuai, W., 2016. Clinical observation on non-surgical spinal decompression traction in treatment of cervical spondylosis. International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health, 3(6), pp.120-131.
- Henry, L., 2017. Non-surgical Spinal Decompression an Effective Physiotherapy Modality for Neck and Back Pain. Journal of Novel Physiotherapy and Physical Rehabilitation, 4(3), pp.062-065.
- Shah, A., Sheth, M.S. and Shah, D.A., 2020. Effect of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy on walking duration in subjects with lumbar radiculopathy: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 9(8).
- Gil, H.Y., Choi, E., Jiyoun, J., Han, W.K., Nahm, F.S. and Lee, P.B., 2021. Follow-Up Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy for Acute Herniated Intervertebral Disc: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Study.