In this medical video learn how more than 25-million Americans have back pain. This new device could put an end to it.
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Jennifer Matthews: Running his own tire company keeps Lindsey Clark busy. Lindsey Clark: Be careful with it. Jennifer Matthews: But severe back pain after a recent car accident kept him from doing his job. Lindsey Clark: I couldn't walk, couldn't come to work, couldn't find any place comfortable to sit. Jennifer Matthews: He tried everything, pain killers, surgery, physical therapy, even acupuncture, but nothing relieved the pain. Then Lindsey found help from an unlikely source. This device has long been used in Europe to relieve back pain, but was just recently introduced to the US. It's called powered spinal mobilization. Dr. Jeffrey Perelman: We didn't invent mobilization. We're just bringing a device to the practitioners to help them do a better job at it. Jennifer Matthews: Dr. Jeffery Perelman says, when back pain happens, the spine stiffens to protect itself. Therapists used to mobilize the spine by applying pressure with their hands, but now this device does all the work by gently rocking opposing vertebrae. Dr. Jeffrey Perelman: We really give patients their life back. That's the most thrilling thing as a physician that I could possibly have the opportunity to be involved with. Jennifer Matthews: In a 30-minute session, the device can do what therapists used to do in 20 visits. At first, Lindsey was skeptical, but after the first five treatments, he was a believer. Lindsey Clark: I walked out of there at 4:30 one afternoon and I was just totally pain-free. My attitude is fantastic. My whole quality of life has changed tremendously. Jennifer Matthews: With no pain to hold him back, Lindsey plans on working right up till retirement. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.