Comparison of IDD Therapy and Non-surgical Treatment for Low Back Pain Caused by Degenerative Disc Disease
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This study is looking at a new machine called the Accu-Spina which administers internal disc decompression by following a computer program. This non-surgical treatment (similar to traction) is being compared to a rigorous physical therapy program.
This study is a randomized trial where out of every 3 people, 2 will receive IDD therapy and 1 will have standardized physical therapy. Patients are given surveys to complete that ask about how their back pain is affecting their quality of life before starting treatment, 6 weeks after starting treatment, and 3, 6, and 12 months after starting treatment. If at the 6 week point, the patient and doctor do not think the current treatment is working well enough, the patient is given the option to try the other treatment.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Chronic low back pain for > 3 months due to mild to moderate disc degeneration, lumbar spondylosis, and facet arthropathy without leg pain based on the physician's history and physical and imaging studies
Over 18 years old
Able to provide written informed consent
Infection, neurological deficits, systemic disease that would affect treatment outcome such as inflammatory joint diseases; malignancies with involvement in the musculoskeletal system
Evidence of severe neural compression on imaging studies, i.e. spinal stenosis or large herniated disc