Posts Tagged ‘Cervical Disc Herniation’

Cox Decompression – Case Study Cervical Disc Herniation

Once again, welcome to my blog.  I had a great weekend here in South Florida….windy and less hot.  My football team, The New York Jets didn’t lose.  That’s because they didn’t play.  Family time…taking Jake to his tennis lesson.  We also saw a great show at PBCC….theatrical version of the children’s book, Stellaluna.  It was amazing. 

I wanted to share a research article that is very important to me.  I have been a practicing chiropractor since 1989 and in 1999 I became certified in the Cox Decompression Technique.  The Cox Decompression technique was founded by Dr. James Cox.  The technique involves a specialized table, but is also “hands-on” by the doctor to implement the decompression.  It is a gentle, painless, spinal manipulation performed with the spine under distraction- a traction force that separates the vertebrae to increase the size of the nerve and spinal canal openings, drop pressure inside the disc to reduce herniation. 

This case study was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, June 2008 and authored by Sharina Gudavalli, DC and Ralph Kruse, DC.

Foraminal Stenosis With Radiculopathy From a Cervical Disc Herniation in a 33-Year-Old Man Treated With Flexion Distraction Decompression Manipulation 

A 33-year-old man complained of severe neck and upper pain and spasm, pain radiating down into his left arm with numbness into his fingers.  Cervical spine radiographs showed mild C6/C7 degenerative changes.  MRI revealed a moderate left posterolateral disc herniation at C6/C7.

This patient underwent Cox Flexion Distraction Decompression Manipualtion and adjunctive physiotherapy modalities.  Total treatment was 15 visits over a 10 week period.  This patient had a good clinical outcome utilizing post examination findings and a pain scale.  At 2-year follow up, subjective and objective findings remained stable. 

Although I have not had the time to submit a case study to be published, these are the kind of results we see in the office with the Cox Technique. All cases are different.  Some respond quickly and some not so quick, but I always implement this rule.  If a patient does not have 50% relief of pain within 30 days of care, they will be referred for further testing or consultation.  Dr. Cox has numerous case studies on his website  Our website is  I hope to post about once a week.  I welcome comments and questions.

Gregg F. Moses, D.C.