Non-surgical spinal decompression is an increasingly popular non-invasive treatment for pain due to a variety of causes, including spine disorders and injuries. Despite its growing popularity, determining its success rate can be somewhat difficult since reported results vary widely.
Generally, patients report a decrease in pain levels and an improvement in functionality with the procedure. In addition, people can often feel relief within the first few sessions of non-surgical decompression therapy; while in more severe cases it may take weeks or months to notice significant improvement. Ultimately, non-surgical spinal decompression is an effective non-invasive treatment option for many patients.
There is a lot of research on the effectiveness of non-surgical spinal decompression. Many studies have shown promising results for spinal decompression therapy, with success rates ranging from 71-90%. For instance, a study in Orthopedic Technology Review reported that 86% of 219 patients who underwent spinal decompression therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms and 84% remained pain-free 90 days post-treatment. Another study in the Journal of Neurological Research found a success rate of 71% in 778 cases of vertebral axial decompression. The American Journal of Pain Management reported “good to excellent” relief in 86% of patients with herniated discs and 75% of those with facet syndrome.
A small study in Anaesthesiology News reported that of the 23 patients who underwent therapy, 52% had a pain level of zero and 87% were able to resume their normal daily activities without back pain. A pilot study to determine the long-term effects of vertebral axial decompression showed promising results, with 71% of patients reporting more than a 50% reduction in pain immediately after treatment and 86% showing a 50% or better pain reduction at four years.
Another study at the Rio Grande Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, compared the effects of 20 treatment sessions versus 10 treatment sessions on chronic low back pain sufferers. The group receiving 20 treatments reported a 76.5% rate of complete remission and 19.6% of partial remission, while the group receiving 10 treatments reported a 42.9% rate of remission and 24.1% of partial remission.
In conclusion, the research suggests that spinal decompression therapy may be an effective and long-lasting solution for certain chronic back pain disorders. The completion of prescribed treatments can significantly reduce failure rates.