J Korean Phys Ther.  2017 Dec;29(6):299-302. 10.18857/jkpt.2017.29.6.299.

The Effects of Spinal Decompression Therapy on Pain and Disability in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Physical Therapy, Taegu Science University, Daegu, Korea. choisj@tsu.ac.kr
  • 2Rehabilitation Center, The Most Holy Trinity Hospital, Daegu, Korea.
  • 3Department of Physical Therapy, Namsan Hospital, Daegu, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of spinal decompression therapy on pain and disability in patients with chronic low back pain.
METHODS
Twenty patients with chronic low back pain were divided into an experimental group (spinal decompression therapy, n=10) and a control group (conservative physical therapy, n=10). Both groups were treated three times a week over a four-week period.
RESULTS
The comparison of between-group changes post-treatment revealed statistically significant lower levels of pain and disability in the experimental group than the control group. The comparison of within each group changes before and after the treatment showed statistically significant declines in pain and disability indexes of both groups.
CONCLUSION
Spinal decompression therapy may be an effective intervention for improving pain and disability in patients with chronic low back pain.

Keyword

Spinal decompression therapy; Pain; Disability

MeSH Terms

Decompression*
Humans
Low Back Pain*
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