Research: Restoration Of Disc Height Through Spinal Decompression

Friday, August 14th, 2015
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.

How They Did It

  • They identified patients with chronic low back pain due to dic herniation
  • They underwent a 6 week decompression treatment protocol
  • The disc height was measured before treatment and after treatment via CT scans
  • They measured pain on a verbal rating, 0-10.

What They Found

  • During treatment, low back pain in the test subjects decreased from 6.2 to 1.6
  • Disc height increased from 7.5mm to 8.8mm.

Wrap Up
Spinal Decompression effectively and significantly reduced pain and increased disc height in the test subjects.

The research was done by Apfel CC, et al. and published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disord. 2010 Jul 8;11:155 and can be found at this link.

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY!

Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic . Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled.  We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising your general, overall level of health!

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