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Chronic Low Back Pain in Pottsville, Remarkable Treatment Results

MedX Low Back Testing Machine

Pottsville, Schuylkill County PA: Do you have chronic low back pain?  Were you told that you have weak back muscles?   


How do you know if that statement is true? 


Has the strength of your back muscles ever been tested?


Pointed questions, almost no one can answer these questions affirmatively.


Would you like to know what 629 chronic low back suffers found out about the strength of their back muscles and the difference it made in their suffering?


In this study, of 895 chronic low back pain suffers were chosen to participate in a testing and treatment program.  Over 100 never started and others dropped out for a variety of reasons.  629 were still in the program and completed the study at the end of one year.  Our focus will be on them.   


The testing and exercises were performed on MedX lumbar extension rehabilitation equipment.  MedX equipment been shown to be valid and reliable.  We have this testing and exercise equipment at our office in Pottsville.  In fact, we have to only machine in the area. 


The Chronic Low Back Pain Sufferers Were Previous Multiple Treatment Failures


These patients were tough cases!

The Treatment


The treatment involved progressive, resistive exercises of the isolated lumbar spine on the MedX lumbar extension machine.  The patients also did aerobic exercise and strength training of other muscles at each visit.


Treatment was discontinued when either of the following occurred:


The average number of treatment required to complete the program was 18 but ranged between 4 and 35.


A home exercise program was instituted when treatment goals were reached.


The Results


Static and dynamic strength and range of motion all increased significantly to normal or near normal levels.

The 13 Month Follow-up

The Conclusions of the Study

Our Recommendations

If you are a chronic low back pain sufferer, do not give up hope.  Odds are you may not have to “live with it”.  Dr. Novatnak is also a Certified Exercise Specialist recognized by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  He is also a Preferred Provider for the Laser Spine Institute.


These results are typical of the results we have seen in our office, both for chronic back and neck pain.  We also have a MedX cervical extension machine for neck problems.  Our office is the only facility that has the MedX equipment in eastern Pennsylvania outside of York, Lancaster, and Philadelphia.


If you’re ready to start living again, give us a call.


Doctors’ Choice Physical Medicine and Rehab

Dr. David Novatnak

Glee Pascual, Physical Therapist

Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA




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