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

  • Oh, Hyun-Ju (Department of Physical Therapy, Taegu Science University) ;
  • Jeon, Chun-Bae (Rehabilitation Center, The Most Holy Trinity Hospital) ;
  • Jeong, Mu-Geon (Department of Physical Therapy, Namsan Hospital) ;
  • Choi, Seok-Joo (Department of Physical Therapy, Taegu Science University)
  • Received : 2017.11.08
  • Accepted : 2017.12.15
  • Published : 2017.12.30


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.


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