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Spinal Decompression Research

“Serial MRI of 20 patients treated with the decompression table shows in our study up to 90% reduction of subligamentous nucleus herniation in 10 of 14. Some re-hydration occurs detected by T2 and proton density signal increase. Torn annulus repair is seen in all.”
– Eyerman, Edward MD. Simple pelvic traction gives inconsistent relief to herniated lumbar disc sufferers. Journal of Neuroimaging. Paper presented to the American Society of Neuro-imaging, Orlando, Florida 2-26-98. Journal Of Neuro-imaging. MRI Evidence of Non-Surgical Mechanical Reduction, Rehydration, and Repair of the Herniated Lumbar Disc. Link to: 1. Eyerman

“Eighty-six percent of ruptured intervertebral disc (RID) patients achieved ‘good’ (50-89% improvement) to ‘excellent’ (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved.” “Of the facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ results with decompression.”

– C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, and Vera Borgmeyer, RN, MA. Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: A Cost-Effective Treatment for Lumbosacral Pain. American Journal of Pain Management Vol. 7 No. 2 April 1997 Emerging Technologies. Preliminary Findings. Decompression, Reduction and Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: A Cost Effective Solution for Lumbosacral Pain. Link to: 2. Shealy and Borgmeyer

“Results showed that 86% of the 219 patients who completed the therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms, while 84% remained pain-free 90 days post-treatment. Physical examination findings showed improvement in 92% of the 219 patients, and remained intact in 89% of these patients 90 days after treatment.”
– Gionis, Thomas MD; Groteke, Eric DC. Surgical Alternatives: Spinal Decompression. Orthopedic Technology Review. 2003; 6 (5) Orthopedic Technology Review. Surgical Alternatives. Spinal Decompression. Link to: 3. Gionis and Groteke

“All but two of the patients in the study improved at least 30% or more in the first three weeks. Utilizing the outcome measures, this form of decompression reduces symptoms and improves activities of daily living.”
– Bruce Gundersen, DC, FACO; Michael Henrie, MS II, Josh Christensen, DC. A Clinical Trial on Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Using Vertebral Axial Distraction Delivered by a Computerized Traction Device. The Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists, Quarterly Journal of ACO, June 2004 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Using Vertebral Axial Distraction Delivered by a Computerized Traction Device. Link to: 4. Gunderson, Hernie, Christensen

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