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The Effects of Spinal Decompression Therapy on Pain and Disability in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain
J Kor Phys Ther 2017;29(6):299-302
Published online December 30, 2017;
© 2017 The Korea Society of Physical Therapy.

Hyun-Ju Oh1, Chun-Bae Jeon2, Mu-Geon Jeong3, Seok-Joo Choi1

1Department of Physical Therapy, Taegu Science University, Daegu; 2Rehabilitation Center, The Most Holy Trinity Hospital, Daegu; 3Department of Physical Therapy, Namsan Hospital, Daegu, Korea
Seok-Joo Choi
Received November 8, 2017; Revised December 12, 2017; Accepted December 15, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distribute under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution,and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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.
Keywords : Spinal decompression therapy, Pain, Disability

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