The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Spinal Decompression Machines
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Spinal decompression machines offer a motorized form of mechanical traction. These devices, which are widely advertised to the public as a noninvasive alternative to surgery, are claimed to relieve low back pain by decompressing discs, improving the flow of nutrients into the disc and rehydrating dried-out discs.1 Devices cleared by the FDA based on substantial similarity to previously approved power traction devices include the Accu- Spina System, DRS System, DRX9000, Lordex Traction Unit, Spinal Health Elite, SpineMED Decompression Table, SpineRx-LDM and VAX-D Therapeutic Table.

THE TREATMENT —Spinal decompression is applied on a motorized split table that stretches the lower back along the axis of the spinal column. The patients usually lie prone on the table and, with their arms stretched out, grip two handles on the stationary upper half of the table. A pelvic harness anchors them to the lower ... more      

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