I know this subject has been brought up before but can't seem to find it but was just wondering if it really works. I have 2 herniated discs that have 9mm bulges and 2 surgeons have said surgery but W/C has denied surgery and I wanted to know if it really works for anyone with real problems or is this just a way of making money? I called one of the offices that do it and they were to quick to say they can fix my problem without even seeing my MRI
Well, it is basically a traction device used to take pressure off of the nerves by increasing the space in between the disks in your back.
As with all traction devices, some people report success ranging from tremendous relief of symptoms to feeling worse and more aggravation of symptoms.
I would say if that is your next alternative, you shouldn't hesitate to ask questions and find several different places that do it, so that you know that you are getting the whole story from this place you called.
I would just recommend to exercise caution and don't be afraid to ask questions about the procedure.
If you seem intimidated by the DRX, you could also look for a doctor with a regular traction table, which may provide you with the same results without a doctor feeling the pressure to get an expensive piece of equipment paid off!
Thank you V. I'm going to do more research on this thing and the dr that does it. When I was going to PT they stopped because it was making it worse. I want to pain to stop and I think sometimes I would do just about anything if they said it would work. But if the dr is just trying to pay off the machine and might make it worse I think I need more info. I already have compression on my spinal cord and don't want to make it worse.
I've been doing the DRX for 4 months. I'm at 28 treatments. I have a bulg disc at L4 / L5, with pain in my butt and side of leg down to the calf and bottom of foot. After 19 treatments I felt much better. 70% of pain reduced. I now on a 2 treatments per month for the next 2 months, and will look at my option if not 100%.
I wasn't being critical, and I'm sorry you took it that way. I simply meant that if, during a simple phone call, someone promised that they could help, I would be concerned about their veracity. Without seeing the patient, doing an evaluation, looking at films, etc. how can they possibly know they can help? To me, that is simply salesmanship and not medicine.