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Is spinal traction or decompression therapy helpful for lower back pain? are the effects temporary or permanent?

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Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Back pain: Lumbar traction is used to relieve low back pain. The goal is to decompress pinched nerves and realign the joints and ligaments to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. With daily home use for 4-6 weeks the results can be long lasting. There are a variety of machines for traction and many are used by physical therapists and chiropractors as part of their treatment regimen too.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Results are: Variable. Some patients improve. However significant number of patients do not show improvement or has only modest or temporary improvement

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