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“A Case Series of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression as an Adjunct to Routine Physiotherapy Management of Patients with Chronic Mechanical Low Back Pain”

Published in Journal of Spine, 2019.

Authors: Ezinne C Ekediegwu, Chike Chuka, Ifeoma Nwosu, Chigozie Uchenwoke, Nelson Ekechukwu and Adesola Odole.

Background: Treatments for low back pain (LBP) vary widely. In Africa, the most common forms of therapy include rest and pain medications. However, a novel conservative therapy for LBP is the non-surgical spinal decompression (NSD) (with Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD)) even though considered investigational, improves LBP. This study was aimed to investigate the outcome of chronic LBP with or without radiculopathy using NSD amidst other conservative treatment.

Conclusion: Statistically significant improvement in LBP could be achieved using NSD and other traditional conservative management. Long-term follow up post NSD is needful.

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“Non-surgical Spinal Decompression an Effective Physiotherapy Modality for Neck and Back Pain”

Published in Journal of Novel Physiotherapy and Physical Rehabilitation, June 15, 2017.

Author: Lucian Henry, Chiropractic physician in private practice at Henry Chiropractic Clinic, LLC, Greenville, South Carolina, USA.

Background: Non-surgical spinal decompression is a novel physiotherapy that improves on conventional traction by adding computer technology and it is commonly used along with other physiotherapy modalities.  Indications include bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, sciatica, neck pain and lower back pain.

Conclusion: Non-surgical spinal decompression brought statistically signifi cant improvements in cervical and lumbar pain. Associated paresthesia and weakness also frequently improved. Further investigation of non-surgical spinal decompression, including long-term follow up and comparison to surgical decompression is encouraged.

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“Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) Therapy
Exercise-Based Physical Therapy: Initial Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Published in American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, March 2006. Study by Emory University

Authors: Michael K. Schaufele, M.D. Michael Newsome, P.T.

IDD Therapy v Physical Therapy Comparison Image Data Analysis:
Patients with chronic low back pain secondary to mild to moderate degenerative disc disease were randomized in a 2:1 ratio to IDD (Intervertebral Differential Dynamics) Therapy® treatment or a standardized program of physical therapy consisting of an exercise-based, function-oriented physical therapy program (PT). The patients had to complete a minimum of 6 treatments over a 6-week period in each group. The primary objective of this study was to compare the changes in functional and pain scores (Oswestry, VAS) in both groups and to assess the safety of IDD Therapy® treatment.

Patients receiving IDD Therapy® treatment for degenerative disc disease instead of the current standard of care experienced 20.3% greater pain relief than the exercise-based physical therapy group.


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Clinical Studies: “Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy: A New Direction for the Treatment of Low Back Pain.”

Published in US Musculoskeletal Review, Issue II, 2006 and European Musculoskeletal Review, September 2006.

Authors: Dennis McClure, M.D., member of AANS; Bethany Farris, M.D.

Patient population: 415 (including 129 surgical candidates). Patients were asked to rate their pain improvement from two months to two years after IDD Therapy® treatment.

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On average one year post-treatment completion of one course of IDD Therapy®.

92% of 129 lumbar surgical candidates successfully avoided surgery with IDD Therapy® treatment.

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Clinical Studies Report on IDD Therapy in American Journal of Pain Management image“Long-Term Effect Analysis of IDD Therapy in Low Back Pain; A Retrospective Clinical Pilot Study.”

Published in American Journal of Pain Management, July, 2005.

Authors: C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.; Nirman Koladia, M.D.; Merrill M. Wesemann, M.D.
Patient Population: 33 patients

Line Graph of IDD Therapy Patient improvement over 1 year

Analysis:   Patients were administered IDD Therapy® treatment and evaluated using a numeric pain scale three separate times: at the first session, at the last session, and one year after treatment

Mean pain level assessments: at first session: 6.88; at the last session: 2.42, one year after treatment: 1.65.

Conclusions:   IDD Therapy® significantly reduces back pain and continues doing so at least one full year after the treatment has ended.


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“IDD Therapy in Back Pain Treatment:
A Clinical Trial Comparing Key Diseases of Low Back Pain.”

Oral Presentation Annual Meeting, Southern Medical Association, November 12, 2005 
Authors: Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, Surb Guram, MD, Josh Gabriel, MD, and Nirman Koladia, MD.

Excerpt:   Presented here is a retrospective study of 52 patients treated at two clinics. Fifty-seven percent were female and 43% were male, ranging in age from 30 to 86. This is the first study of its kind to focus a data compilation of specific diseases, specifically spinal canal stenosis, spondylosis, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, and herniated nucleus pulposus.

Only 25% of patients completed all 20 treatment sessions, but 94% of the patients achieved improvement in pain and 83% achieved 50% or greater pain relief. The overall pain relief is significant at the 0.001 level. Interestingly, patients with facet syndrome improved even more than those with degenerative disc disease. These statistics compare favorably with those achieved by surgical intervention, with far greater safety and considerably lower costs. 

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“Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy:

A Non-invasive Approach to the Treatment of Lower Back Pain.”

Oral Presentation:  American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2008
Authors: Dennis E. McClure, M.D., Anna C. McClure BS


Results excerpt:   There was an overall 88% success rate with a 92% success rate in patients who were considered surgical candidates.  Patients reporting initial sucess in treatment continued to have a significant reduction in pain 2 months to 2 years follow up. 


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