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Back pain can change lives. It’s not unusual for patients who once enjoyed an active life to find themselves sidelined, unable to participate in the activities that gave them pleasure and kept them engaged, mobile, and fit. While surgery
Frank Tilaro, M.D. and Dennis Miskovich, M.D. study spinal sensory nerve dysfunction before and after non-surgical spinal decompression therapy.
Drs. Frank Tilaro and Dennis Miskovich knew that although surgery was often prescribed as the way to treat lower back and extremity pain, the procedure did not necessarily favorably alter sensory nerve dysfunction. Believing that non-surgical decompression could have significant advantages over surgery including reduced cost, earlier back to work times, lower morbidity, a reduction in post operative complications, and elimination of the failed back syndrome, they set out to determine if non-surgical decompression reduced pain and specifically looked to see whether or not this non-surgical option improved sensory nerve dysfunction.
Drs. Tilaro and Miskovich studied patients who suffered from chronic sensory nerve dysfunction(pain) averaging 17.2 months in duration. These patients had undergone conservative care that included bed rest, traction, physical therapy, medications, chiropractic, and injections, but were still suffering from pain caused by spinal nerve compression.
In their study, patients received treatments 3 to 5 times per week and averaged 23 total treatments. (Patients discontinued exercise programs and physical therapy, but were allowed to continue to take medications such as NSAIDs, non-narcotics and narcotic medications.)
91% of patients studied demonstrate improved neurological function and reduced pain.
Drs. Tilaro and Miskovich reported in the Canadian Journal of Clinical Medicine that non-surgical spinal decompression reduces intr-discal pressure and draws nutrients and oxygen to nutrient and oxygen starved discs, thus creating an aerobic environment, enhancing disc repair.
Ninety-one percent (91%) of the patients they studied demonstrated improved neurological function measured by the CPT Neurometer after decompression therapy.
Specifically, the results after the patients received non-surgical spinal decompression therapy were as follows: 64% returned to complete normal function, 27% improved, 4.5% had no improvement, and 4.5% were worse.
In summary, as reported in the Canadian Journal of Clinical Medicine, non-surgical spinal decompression favorably alters spinal and nerve dysfunction, eliminating or reducing pain in patients suffering from spinal nerve compression and should be considered as a viable option to replace back surgery in qualifying patients.