i am on my 3rd year with a herniated lumbar disc causing siaitca, plantars fascitis, and of course constant pain. i have been looking into the drx9000 for decompression therapy. has any one tried this and what do you think? any other non surgical suggestions?
3 years is a long time. 95% of disc problems are gone on their own in 3 years so you condition is a stubborn one.
i personally dont feel the drx9000 works well. suposedly is helps the discs and they claim that a high percentage of people are helped. the people who sell you the service will tell you youre a candidate. in a lot of cases youre really not a candidate. especially if you have any arthritic conditions or ligament problems. they just want your $. and in a lot of cases insurance doesnt cover it.
people that say it helps find that after a month or two the pain returns.
you could also look into radio nucleoplasty where the disc is heated up. it may or may not work for you.
what other treatments have you had?
have you seen a surgeon who specializes on the spine?
have you had any testing to see if you have suffered nerve damage.
please let us know....pete
i have been doing the same old routine as recommended by my ortho doc (not a spine specialist) which consists of celebrex, flexeril, and 10 pt sessions. he tells me this will probably be the case for the rest of my life. i'm 30 with 2 small kids so i have a hard time with that. i guess looking at this forum there are people much worse off than myself. as far as nerve damage do i ask my doctor to refer me to a neurologist?
i disagree that you should have to have pain for the rest of your life.
a neurologist does the test to see how your nerves are functioning.
since you have yet to see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the spine i would first see him. if its been 6 months since your last mri he may want another one done. he is the best person to evaluate mri scans. he will also compare your current symptoms to the scans. you can ask him about non surgical options. a steroid injection may be an option.
also ask about the radio nucleoplasty.
by the way the plantars fascitis is a condition of the foot which is probably unrelated to spine.
ask the surgeon about aquatherapy. walking in water may be good for both the spine and foot.
by the way i didnt tell you i had the drx9000 therapy. they charged me $3000 and it was a waste of time. no relief whatsoever. they lied to me about me being a candidate so basically they stole my money.
lifting the kids isnt helping the discs. how are you going to avoid that?......pete
my drx9000 treatment was over ten years ago. there were not a lot of machines around at that time. i had to travel to another state to get the treatment. the chiropractor that ran the place hired a neurologist to examine each patient. i was impressed by this service. i figured i was in good hands. i was in a lot of pain and desperate for help.
the neurologist and chiropractor read my mri and ct scan and declared i was a candidate for the procedure. i was also introduced by the neurologist to a powerful nsaid drug. whether it was the anciad or therapy that made me feel better i do not know. but i improved.
oh...by the way the company stated they would submit the bill to my insurance co and stated there was a strong possibility it would be covered.
it turns out it was not covered and i had to pay the whole thing.
i found out over time that the fact i had arthritis and ligamentum flavum put me in a category where i really wasnt a candidate. the chiro just wanted my $.
i felt better at first but a month after treatment i got worse.
a year later my hip completely deteriorated and i needed a replacement.
i never thought there was a connection between the hip and the treatment but after fran's comments maybe there was.
this chiro was dishonest. not every chiro is and i'm sure there are many out there that arent out for the big dishonest buck. i was screwed.
maybe the people who feel they benefitted would have gotten better anyway.
So the advice from an experienced user is CAREFUL...CAREFUL....CAREFUL...........pet
The research that I have done, everyone that has had a bad experience with spinal decompression (drx9000) has failed to give their age & weight. I think it is an important piece of information along with your story. JC
sorry for making light of age and weight. i had just returned from a rare night on the town and made too much light of it!
i was in my late 50's, weighed 240, and was in fairly good aerobic shape. in fact i was doing a lot of rollerblading at the time. as i mentioned i should not have been accepted by the dr because of severe arthritis in my spine and lack of flexibility in my ligaments.
older people would have more arthritis in their spine and that would mean problems with the treatment.
are you considering the procedure? do you have arthritis or stiffening of the ligaments? are you heavy? are the disc troubles your only problem?....pete
I am 34 yrs old. Slender, athletic & very active. I have a broad based herniated disc L5-S1. Bulging disc L3-L4 & L4-L5. I've had 2 sets of epidoral shots which I was pain free for about 1 yr. I am going threw spinal decompression treatments now. I am on my 22nd treatment. My Dr. told me up front not everyone is a candidate. It will not work on people with ostereposis or arthritis. My condition has greatly improved. My story isn't over yet.... We will see what happens. I will share my story with everyone. I'm no Dr. but my personal opinion is age & weight should be a factor weather it may or may not work for someone. JC
thanks for the info and i hope your pain relief continues. i do recall when i had the procedure i was told not to exercise the spine for a month or two. is that the guidance you have received....pete
I started treatments in the begining of feb. I was in such severe pain the only comfort I got was layin flat on my back with ice. Medication barely helped. Since Ive gotten relief I did ask the Dr. when should I move around & when can I exercise. He said do what is comfortable. If you feel like you can walk around then walk. If you are doing something that causes pain don't do it. He said to listen to your body. Drink alot of water. When I am completely pain free I will wait at least 2 more weeks before I return to the gym to swim & do yoga. JC