When pain medications or steroid injection shots fail to provide the much-needed pain relief from chronic back pain, it can be difficult to believe that a safe, non-invasive, pain-free treatment is available to effectively help you treat your back pain. 

Spinal decompression therapy has been proven to be safe and effective in providing both immediate and long-term pain relief from back pain and related symptoms. 

In this article, we explore some selective independent studies conducted to determine the efficacy of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy in treating a variety of back pain problems.

Study 1: Chronic Low Back Pain 

The purpose of this pilot study as published by the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport was to assess the safety and efficacy of non-surgical spinal decompression. 

The study involved 20 patients with chronic low back pain. The condition was associated with the diagnosis of musculoskeletal low back pain, herniated discs, bulging or protruding discs, degenerative discs, pain from failed back surgery performed more than six months ago, posterior facet syndrome, or sciatica. The treatment was provided over 6 weeks with 20 sessions of 28 minutes. 

The results of the study showed that there was a reduction in pain score from 6.4 to 0.8 at the 6th week; wherein 0 = no pain and 10 = worst pain. The study also concluded that there was a documented improvement in range of motion and no adverse effects of the treatment. The study concluded that no patient required additional invasive treatments and so safety issues were reported. 

Study 2: Lumbosacral Pain

In this study published in the American Journal of Pain Management, it was concluded that spinal decompression provided at least 50-89% and up to 90-100% improvement in pain to patients suffering from Ruptured Intervertebral Disc. As a result of the decompression, patients’ sciatica and back pain were relieved. 

The study also included the effects of spinal decompression on patients suffering from Facet Arthrosis, which resulted in 75% of patients obtaining at least 50-89% and up to 100% improvement in pain post-treatment. 

The study included 39 patients in blind treatment, with 27 men and 12 women ranging in the age group between 31 to 63. The patients in the study had experienced back pain from one to 20 years. 

Study 3: Disc Height

The purpose of this cohort study as published in the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders Journal was to determine if there were changes in lumbar disc height for patients treated with spinal decompression therapy over a 6-week treatment period. The study also measured outcomes in pain on a verbal rating scale of 0 to 10 as part of the evaluation. 

The study included a group of 30 patients with lumbar disc herniation. The average age of the group age was 65 years with 21 females and 9 males. Post-treatment it was noted that there was a considerable decrease in low back pain with a decrease from the initial 6.2/10 to 1.6/10 post-treatment. There was also a significant increase in disc height from 7.5 mm to 8.8 mm. 

The study concluded that non-surgical spinal decompression therapy was associated with pain reduction through an increase in disc height for those suffering from chronic discogenic low back pain.

Study 4: Herniated and Degenerative Disc Disease

This clinical study published in the Orthopedic Technology Review Journal was performed to evaluate the effects of spinal decompression on patients with herniated and degenerative disc disease. The study concluded that out of the 219 randomly chosen patients who participated and completed the therapy, 86% of patients experienced immediate resolution of symptoms and 84% of those patients were pain-free 90 days post-treatment. Further physical examination also revealed that 92% of the total 219 patients experienced improvement from their pain. 

The treatment was provided for 20 sessions over 6 weeks. Each session was 45 minutes in duration. The patient demography included 79 female and 140 male participants, and the age of the group ranged from 24 to 74 years. 

The results indicated that spinal decompression therapy successfully provided pain reduction, normalized range of motion, reflex, and gait in those with herniated and degenerative disc disease. Moreover, it was also concluded that the cost of non-surgical therapy is marginal compared to surgery. 

Final Word on Spinal Decompression

There are numerous other research articles, publications, and studies conducted over the years that further support the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of spinal decompression therapy as an effective treatment in relieving back pain and increasing range of motion. Spinal decompression therapy has shown not only to provide pain relief but can keep you pain-free over the long run. 

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