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This study was done within the Washington State workers’ compensation system. Again, you don’t have to take my word for it. It was in a peer reviewed journal. Why did they do it?
To find out how effective lumbar fusion surgery and devices were on clinical and disability outcomes. This was seen as a question worth asking since the rates of lumbar fusions continue to increase.
How Did They Do It?

One of the biggest game-changers I’ve seen in our profession is non-surgical spinal decompression. We have been doing spinal decompression for a while now but I would have jumped on board years ago had I known how incredibly effective this treatment truly is. At this point, we have had approximately 400 patients undergo spinal decompression and have only had 8 or 9 of them not get the full results we would have expected. Those are some pretty impressive odds right there!
This week’s research abstract has to do with the restoration of the height of the disc following decompression treatment.Why They Did It
They wanted to find out if changes in low back pain due to disc degeneration would correlate with changes in lumbar disc height as measured by CT scans.

According to a paper by Donald Murphy, DC (And brought to my attention by Craig Benton, DC in Lampasas, TX), the following stats are scary but true:


I have highlighted several research abstracts here that show, without a doubt, that chiropractic is the treatment of choice for musculoskeletal conditions. Not only does research show that chiropractic is more effective and that our patients have a higher level of satisfaction, research also clearly shows us that chiropractic treatment is more inexpensive when compared to traditional medical treatment protocol.


I can tell you from personal experience that spinal decompression has been a life-changer. It has been so incredibly effective, that it’s important to show what, where, how, and why through research. It’s never good to simply be forced to take a stranger’s word for it when you’re discussing spending a significant sum of money on a treatment option. That’s where more and more research can come into the picture to help us educate our patients and the public in general. When insurance doesn’t cover a service, it can be very difficult to make a patient understand the outstanding effectiveness of spinal decompression. It’s phenomenal but there seems to be a relationship in patients’ minds regarding insurance coverage and validity of the treatment. In other words, many times our patients seem to initially think that if the insurance company doesn’t cover a service (spinal decompression or cold laser) that it is probably of no use. 

Jeff Williams, DC

Serving the Panhandle for 15 years, and spending several of those years as an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams has seen it all with conditions ranging from various car wreck or auto injury to whiplash, scoliosis, herniated discs, sciatica, neck “cricks” and pinched nerves, neck pain, back pain, and low back pain, to migraines and sports injuries. I have a dream job in a dream practice where we get to help people on a daily basis. We have been very fortunate and truly blessed.

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