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This was a case I could not accept for treatment on the DRX 9000

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm

I wish we could help everyone, but not everyone can be accepted as a patient for treatment on the DRX 9000. I met with an 85 year old woman today to discuss spinal decompression treatment for her severe low back pain. I noticed when she entered the clinic that she was using a walker. This in and of is itself did not exclude her, because I have had several patients her age and older that used a walker when they first started, only to put it in the closet after a few weeks of treatment. But, in this case, the poor woman could not even support her body weight on her own two feet, so I immediately suspected a compression fracture. We called her medical doctor and had her MRI report faxed over on the spot and sure enough there was a compression fracture at L5 with 30% loss of disc height (MRI dated 11/05). I told her I wanted her to get a new MRI because I was fairly confident that she had a new compression fracture because about two weeks ago she felt a slip in her back and the pain became severe and constant, and she was stuck in a flexed position. She really wanted to pursue the treatment and it was not easy trying to explain to her that she was not a candidate for spinal decompression. Some of the other exclusions are infections of the spine, tumors, surgical fusion, advanced osteoporosis, surgically repaired aortic aneurysm, and certain neurological disorders. The good news is, for the most part if you have bulging disc, herniated discs, sciatica, foramina or spinal stenosis secondary to disc herniations, facet syndrome, or advanced spinal degeneration, there is a very good chance we can help. We just can't help everyone, I wish we could.

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