Effects of Decompression Therapy for 6 Cases with Lumbar Herniated Disc

감압치료가 요추간판탈출 6(증)례에 미치는 영향

  • Received : 2012.03.13
  • Accepted : 2012.05.10
  • Published : 2012.05.31


The Purpose of this study was to report magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) changes of six cases of Lumbar herniated disc which was treated with spinal decompression therapy, oriental medical therapy. 'Disc heights' were measured on sagittal view of $T_2$-weighted MRI. Size of the herniated disc was measured by MRI and 'disc herniations index'. The grading system and algorithm for 'disc degeneration' were based on MRI signal intensity, disc structure, distinction between nucleus and anulus, and disc height. Data for disc height, disc herniations index and disc degeneration grade were collected before and after the treatment together with calculation from the MRI. Case studies were showed that decompression therapy for the herniated disc has an positive effect on disc herniations index, disc regeneration, not disc heights. The clinical evidence for the use of decompression in herniated disc remains inconclusive because of limited researches. Further trials, which give attention to these areas, are needed before any firm conclusions may be made.

본 연구의 목적은 척추감압치료와 한의학적 치료법으로 치료된 요부디스크 탈출 6례에 관한 자기공명영상의 변화를 보고하는 것이다. 디스크 높이는 $T_2$-강조 자기공명영상의 시상면으로 측정되었다. 탈출된 디스크의 크기는 MRI와 디스크 탈출지수로 측정되었다. 디스크퇴행에 관한 등급체계와 연산은 MRI 신호강도, 디스크구조, 수핵과 섬유륜의 구별을 기초로 하였다. 디스크 높이, 디스크 탈출지수와 디스크 변성등급은 MRI로부터 측정하여 치료 전과 후에 수집되었다. 본 증례연구가 보여주는 것은 디스크 탈출에 대한 감압치료가 디스크 높이를 제외한 디스크 탈출지수, 디스크 재생에 긍정적인 영향을 미친다는 것이다. 디스크 탈출에 대한 감압치료의 사용에 관한 임상적 증거는 제한된 연구 때문에 미비하다. 따라서 이 분야에 주의를 기울이기 위한 더 많은 시도들은 명확한 결론을 내리기 위해서 필요할 것으로 사료된다.



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