East Texas man patents chair made to treat back pain

Published: Jun. 20, 2012 at 8:54 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas man decided to take matters into his own hands when he couldn't find relief for his unbearable back pain. J.T. Anderson patented the "Back on Trac" and says it's the long awaited solution to his problem.

"I really designed it for me because I don't want to go through that surgery because 75 percent of them fail anyway," said Anderson.

Plywood, PVC, and a boat winch, that's all Anderson started with in his original prototype of the "Back on Trac" chair. Anderson says it took him three years to create a chair that would save his back.

"People that don't have back problems don't understand how difficult it is to just be able to walk," said Anderson.

Anderson says he began experiencing lower back pain a few years ago and underwent three spinal injections. After complications and little remedy, Anderson considered other options for his treatment. One thing he knew for certain, he did not want to spend the rest of his life taking medicine to suppress the pain.

"That was my alternative; either that, continue the injections, or have surgery," said Anderson.

With one touch of the button, the chair stretches and exercises a patient's spine through small vibrations and heat. Chiropractor Lance Cook received the chair this week and is already recommending the non-invasive treatment to his patients.

"80 percent of the public are going to experience some low back pain in their lifetime. It's just a matter of time that they have an issue bad enough that they have to go see a doctor," said Cook.

Dr. Cook says one of his patients suffers from severe back pain, where even walking can be a task. But, after one treatment in the chair, he began to see results.

"He went to work the next day, where he wasn't able to work all week," said Cook.

Chairs are being sent to several treatment centers across the state for trial use. Anderson says ten chairs are being delivered to Houston and Dallas next week, and he hopes to have one set-up in Lufkin soon. The chairs are manufactured locally in Diboll.

Cook plans to buy a chair once his trial period is up in six weeks, so he can continue to offer the treatment to his patients.

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