Journal of Neurological Research VOL 20, NO 4, April 1998
The Researchers Stated: "We consider decompression therapy to be a primary treatment modality for low back pain associated with lumbar disc herniation at single or multiple levels, degenerative disc disease, facet arthropathy, and decreased spine mobility. Physiology (pain and mobility) and pathology correlate imprecisely. We believe that post-surgical patients with persistent pain or 'Failed Back Syndrome' should not be considered candidates for further surgery until a reasonable trial of decompression has been tried."
Journal of Neurological Research VOL 23, NO 7, October 2001
The Researchers Stated: "For any given patient with low back and referred leg pain, we cannot predict with certainty which cause has assumed primacy. Therefore surgery, by being directed at root decompression at the site of the hemiation alone, may not be effective if secondary causes of pain have become predominant. Decompression therapy, however, addresses both primary and secondary causes of low back and referred leg pain. We thus submit that Decompression therapy should be considered first, before the patient undergoes a surgical procedure which permanently alters the anatomy and function of the affected lumbar spine segment."
SPINE VOL 26, NO 5, 2001
Excerpt: The North American Spine Society (NASS) initiated efforts to develop detailed definitions of lumbar disc pathology terms, and has provided sustained support of the project. Independent efforts by neuroradiologists led the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR) and American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) to organize a task force of neuroradiologists and encourage liaison with the NASS group. The results are this document and improved communications between the societies.
Decompression: A Treatment For Back Pain
Published by the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals
Excerpt: Recent clinical research has shown that 86 percent of chronic back pain patients suffering from herniated or bulging discs, facet syndrome, and sciatica reported improvement with decompression therapy.
By Thomas A. Gionis, MD, JD, MBA, MHA, FICS, FRCS, and Eric Groteke, DC, CCIC
Excerpt: This clinical outcomes study was performed to evaluate the effect of spinal decompression on symptoms and physical findings of patients with herniated and degenerative disc disease. 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.