Personally I think its just a temporary fix if anything at all.....but I sure wouldnt rule it out as an alterative to surgery.....once you get any benefits from this proceedure your will have a weak spot from the initial damage and it will always be weak....you cant go back to life as you know it and once you do boooom! your back at square one.....but if its just to maybe help with pain or even a very small problem...yea I would do it....Im way to far gone on this ole back for anything like that......I have never had any luck with chiropractors and this is right up there alley....I know some are good but my luck isnt.
Good luck if you go that route and again maybe its worth the try.
Thanks Devon for the reply. I am not surprised to hear your personal opinion on DRX9000 treatment as I have read many reports about it possibly just being another "money maker" for chiro's. But, I hadn't heard it from one who actually had it done.
Still exploring options...hope your at least finding some pain free moments and sorry to hear that this failed you....hope you still have a Happy Holiday Season in spite of it all.
Always ready to listen to any more personal experiences you have had with your problem
[QUOTE=Devon07;3805518]Personally I think its just a temporary fix if anything at all.....but I sure wouldnt rule it out as an alterative to surgery.....once you get any benefits from this proceedure your will have a weak spot from the initial damage and it will always be weak....you cant go back to life as you know it and once you do boooom! your back at square one.....but if its just to maybe help with pain or even a very small problem...yea I would do it....Im way to far gone on this ole back for anything like that......I have never had any luck with chiropractors and this is right up there alley....I know some are good but my luck isnt.
Good luck if you go that route and again maybe its worth the try.
I tried it for 25 or 26 sessions with a cost to me of $4000. I had an mri before and immediately after the sessions and MRI showed increased disk dehydration after.
thumbs down for me on this, waste of time, money and could have contributed to more spine damage. If you call the company or ck out their website they will not speak about benefits and they are rude. Web only promotes the AD co-op dollers they will give to chiros. This is supposed to be NASA engineered science. This machine is not even the one used in FDA protocol.
I tried it for just about a year (3-4 times a week at first and then after several weeks then down to 2-3 treatments per week along with manual adjustments by the chiro and various forms of physical therapy in his office). I thought at best, it may have helped a little but usually each treatment ranged from uncomfortable to outright painful and I got into a habit of taking a pain killer 45 minutes prior to treatment on the DRX so as to be able to get through it easier and hopefully not be hurting for the remainder of the morning.
Though I have no proof - I think the DRX treatment while possibly helping with some of the early disc pain, I think it actually caused later SI Joint problems that really began to develop several months after stopping treatment to the point where I could not even stand or walk for more than five minutes without intense pain that was only improved after several injections at a PM clinic and eventual nerve burn/abaltion treatment.
Cost was around $4K and not covered by insurance.
If I had it to do all over again, I would pass on the DRX treatment (save my money) and instead have just used my home inversion table and did my own moderate inversion treatment. I think the DRX simply was pulling too hard (over 100 lbs of pressure at the peak load if I recall correctly). I believe the chiro meant well but at the end of the day, it was a money maker for him (and he has since closed up shop and moved out of state).
I was about to sign up for the drx9000 treatment tomorrow ($4,600 and not covered) ... until i read these posts. Now there doesn't appear to be any solution.
I don't want surgery.
I have the classical sciatica (herniated disks at l4-5 and l5-s1) and spend most of each day on my stomach or back and taking percocet and arthrotec twice daily.
I am a very active retired 64 year old (golf, jogging, long road bike rides) and need to find a way back to those pastimes.
Do you know any approaches that have worked?
Like AlanVa stated in his post...I would try home inversion therapy. I've had very good success in alleviating my sciatica by using my inversion table on a daily basis. A year ago, I had horrid sciatica down my right leg, that was confirmed by an MRI. Like you, I did not want surgery or injections. I tried 6 weeks of intense physical therapy, but sadly it did not work for me (probably because I am already very active and exercise daily). That is when I decided to take matters into my own hands, and try an inversion table. Within 3 months of daily use for about 5 minutes, my sciatica was completely gone. Perhaps I'm one of the "lucky" ones...I don't know. Don't get me wrong...I still suffer from chronic low back pain (I have grade 2 spondylolisthesis & DDD at L5-S1), but at least the horrible leg pain is gone. I still use my table every single day, mainly as a preventive measure...but also because it just feels good to stretch out my back on it. Everyone is different and your results may vary...but it might be worth looking into...especially since you are quite active already.
Hi - you made your way here so you must be good on the internet. If you research you will find lots of studies on lumbar which talk about how long term success is fairly equal between surgery/non surgery conservative care (and time). I too have bad L5-S1 problem and don't know what the answer is. After having cervical surgeries and still have pain - I am not rushing out to do same in the lumbar.
Everything I read points to epidural injections as a highly successful factor in treatment for this type problem - have you tried them? I am going to do one in a few weeks. They moderately work in my cervical and thoracic - I am hoping for homerun on the lumbar. I also read TENS units are pretty successful for the lumbar.
I am convinced there is no general solution or easy solution to back pain.
I am also convinced the medical profession does not have an answer.
I am also convinced the DRX9000 can be successful in specific instances.
However, I am not convinced, yet, I am one of those instances.
Maybe, one day, the medical profession (and OHIP - in Canada) will support and offer DRX9000 (or a modified version) as a back pain remedy.
Unfortunately, i cannot wait for this to happen.
The competition is increases (recessions bring out the lower prices) and I have found a practitioner who will offer per treatment ($180) and complete refund (if not satisfied after 7 visits).
I will now go back to the previous practitioner and see if he will reduce further to get my business.
I am going to try inversion before going ahead with the DRX9000.
I disagree that epidural or surgery are viable alternatives.
In my opinion, the DRX9000 may work (if done correctly) as it does rehydrate the disk and reduce/eliminate the herniation. It will then be up to me to ensure I remain hydrated and consistently do the correct exercises ... in order to return to running, road biking and golfing on a very regular basis.
If anyone else has another approach (specific to L4-L5 and L5-S1 herniation), pls communicate.