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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is spinal decompression therapy effective to relieve back pain?

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Dr. Mark Cantieri
Pain Management 40 years experience
Yes: It can be very helpful for some people although it can be difficult to determine who the best candidates are. It is safe so a trial of it can be done to see if it helps.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is spinal decompression therapy effective in relieving back pain?

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Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Open: Surgical inteventions such as "decompression" for nonspecific low back pain have about a 60% chance of success. Other allied health professionals who advertise "decompression" have anecdotal evidence of success, without much strong clinical evidence to support the therapy. (in the absence of such evidence for efficacy, insurance companies will not pay for such treatments).
A 44-year-old member asked:

How can spinal decompression help with back pain?

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Traction: By spinal decompression i will assume that you mean traction, such as using a vax-d or similar machine. The concept of traction is to restore lost disc height, which can result in improved spinal canal diameter and reduced nerve pinching. The problem with traction is that it is often temporary - in other words, once out of traction, the spine gradually settles back to its original state.

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