AAPM: Spinal-Stretching Device Relieves Back Pain

This study, as pointed out by the author of the article, was prospective but uncontrolled, involving only a small patient sample. This study was funded by one of the makers of the device. A larger, controlled study should follow.

Larry Ho, MD

By John Gever, Senior Editor
MedPage Today
January 29, 2009

Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

HONOLULU, Jan. 29 — Stretching patients’ spines gently with a noninvasive, computer-controlled traction device relieved back pain of different etiologies in a small study, a researcher said here.

Six weeks of treatment with the device reduced mean pain scores from 6.4 on a standard 10-point index to 0.8 (P0.0001), reported Charlotte Richmond, Ph.D., of NEMA Research in Miami Beach, at the American Academy of Pain Medicine meeting here. More…