Emerging Technologies: Preliminary Finding Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: A Cost Effective Treatment forLumbosacral Pain: C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. and Vera Borgmeyer, R.N., M.A. American Journal of Pain Management 1997; p. 63-65
"Pain in the lumbosacral spine is the most common of all pain complaints. It causes loss of work and is the single most common cause of disability in persons under 45 years of age. Back pain is the most dollar costly industrial problem. Pain clinics originated over 30 years ago, in large part, because of the number of chronic back pain patients."
" . . . very expensive and invasive treatments have dominated the management of low back pain."
The results of a study involving 39 patients with chronic low back pain were reported on in this journal article. Twenty-three had herniated discs that were diagnosed by MRI. Patients were randomly selected to receive either computerized decompression therapy or traditional traction therapy. The published results are as follows:
Many patients with herniated lumbar discs showed good to excellent results with computerized decompression therapy
Some patients with facet (joint) arthrosis obtained good to excellent results with computerized decompression therapy
"The computerized DRS* System appears to produce consistent, reproducible, and measurable non-surgical decompression, demonstrated by radiology."