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
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…