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DISC DECOMPRESSION…A NON SURGICAL APPROACH TO DISCAL INJURY

Poster Abstract, American Academy of Pain Management

Presented: Friday, October 9, 2009

Articulating decompression 100 cases with 12-month follow-up

Presenter: Ryan M. Rosenthal, DC
Authors: Ryan M. Rosenthal, DC, Advanced Physical Medicine,
Oak Park, Illinois; Igor Russo, DC, Advanced Physical Medicine,
Oak Park, Illinois
Background: This presentation represents the results of our first 100
cases treating various cervical and lumbar spine conditions with
spinal traction decompression therapy in combination with specific
patient posturing, and range-of-motion therapy, including 12-month
post-treatment follow-up data.
Objective: To assess pain score outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Methods: Visual Analogue Scores (VAS) (0 to 10) were recorded in
100 cases who received treatment on the Antalgic-Trak articulating
traction decompression system. Pre-treatment, post-treatment, and
12-month post-treatment VAS scores were recorded. Patient
satisfaction was recorded as satisfied, unsatisfied, or unsure at 12
months post-treatment.
Results: Ninety-five of 100 subjects had complete or near complete
resolution of their complaints based upon VAS (0 to 3) using our
prescribed treatment protocol. Eight-six subjects were surveyed 12
months post-treatment; of these subjects, 69 (80%) maintained
complete or near complete resolution of their complaints
(VAS 0 to 3). Satisfaction at 12 months posttreatment was 86%.
Conclusions: Post 1-year follow-up data suggests Antalgic-Trak
treatment is a valid tool in treating various spinal conditions based upon the
successful treatment outcome, and has a high level of
patient satisfaction. Based upon this preliminary observational study,
we feel that a larger controlled study should be performed to see
how our treatment protocol performs when compared with other
therapy modalities.
Disclosure: Neither Dr. Rosenthal nor Dr. Russo, nor anyone
affiliated with Advanced Physical Medicine has received any
compensation in any manner for this research.
Encore Presentation: Initial pre- and post-treatment data were
presented at the 19th Annual Clinical Meeting of the American
Academy of Pain Management.

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