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  • Auric
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    There is probably no need to describe this device. It has made the infomercial rounds for a while now. The user lies on his back, raises his legs at a right angle, and rests his calves on the Back 2 Life machine. What follows is a gentle traction, I guess. The machine lifts the users legs a few inches up and down, and this in turn stretches the lumbar.

    In the truest spirit of ad copywriting, Back 2 Life is careful not to make direct medical claims.

    But, as someone newly aware to the importance of foramen height and spinal stenosis, I am prompted to ask your opinion. I doubt that Back 2 Life can do much harm. Can it be of any good?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I have no problem with minor devices to give relief of back pain. My gripe is with the cost of these devices and the advertising as to what they accomplish. Most can give temporary relief while you are on the device but the effects disappear when you become upright again. If your problem is not dangerous and relief is gained from any non-dangerous device, I will be happy with its use. Just don’t pay too much and don’t believe the “wondrous” effects that are touted, especially the testimonials.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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