Answers to Common Questions about the drx-9000

FAQ’s about lumbar decompression with the DRX-9000


Can the DRX-9000 help someone with sciatica?

In many cas­es, yes. One of the com­mon caus­es of sci­at­i­ca is a bulging or her­ni­at­ed inter­ver­te­bral disc that pinch­es the roots of the sci­at­ic nerve. This caus­es pain that shoots down your leg in a pat­tern char­ac­ter­is­tic of sci­at­i­ca. Treat­ment with the DRX-9000 reduces the disc bulging or her­ni­a­tion, reliev­ing pain from the sci­at­ic nerve.

Can the DRX-9000 help someone with stenosis?

Yes, maybe. In most cas­es, lum­bar spinal steno­sis is has­tened by degen­er­a­tion of the inter­ver­te­bral discs and the oth­er com­po­nents of the inter­ver­te­bral joints. If disc degen­er­a­tion can be slowed, or even part­ly reversed, there would be less poten­tial for your steno­sis to cause pain or oth­er nerve prob­lems.

Although it seems log­i­cal that the DRX-9000 could help some­one with steno­sis, I would sug­gest keep­ing your expec­ta­tions mod­est. You may require a longer peri­od of treat­ment to see results, and your relief may be only par­tial.

Can the DRX-9000 help someone with scoliosis?

Maybe. Some physi­cians have sug­gest­ed that the DRX-9000 could elon­gate someone’s spine and reduce their sco­l­io­sis. My approach to sco­l­io­sis focus­es instead on spinal flex­i­bil­i­ty exer­cis­es, soft tis­sue ther­a­py and joint mobi­liza­tion to make sure the sco­l­io­sis doesn’t cause rigid­i­ty.

Can the DRX-9000 help someone with spondylolisthesis?

Maybe. I’ve treat­ed patients with sta­ble Grade 1 or Grade 2 spondy­lolis­the­sis, and they respond much like oth­er patients. If you have a high­er grade spondy­lolis­the­sis or have insta­bil­i­ty, you would have to pro­ceed with your DRX pro­gram with extreme cau­tion.

Is it possible to feel worse after a DRX-9000 treatment session?

Yes. Some­times a patient feels that their low back is more vul­ner­a­ble after a treat­ment, par­tic­u­lar­ly if it’s their first or sec­ond ses­sion. Although this can be unset­tling, the spine has not been dam­aged fur­ther; some dis­com­fort after a treat­ment can actu­al­ly be a pos­i­tive sign. I try to min­i­mize any poten­tial reac­tion poten­tial by start­ing the treat­ment series at a low­er strength of pull and apply­ing ice and, some­times, elec­tri­cal stim­u­la­tion to the low back after a ses­sion.

What about exercise to strengthen my abs?

Good idea. I’ll show you the right way to per­form abdom­i­nal strength­en­ing exer­cis­es to tap into the sup­port­ive poten­tial of the oblique and trans­verse abdom­i­nal mus­cles.

What about a lumbar support belt? Is it helpful?

I favor the use of lum­bar sup­port braces in gen­er­al and pro­vide them in my office to many of my patients.

I’ve had epidural injections. Can I still benefit from lumbar decompression with the DRX-9000?

Yes. Hav­ing had epidur­al injec­tions is not a con­traindi­ca­tion to the DRX-9000.

What if I’ve had surgery? Can I still benefit from the DRX-9000?

It depends on the type of surgery. For instance, if you’ve had met­al rods or screws insert­ed into your low back, the use of the DRX-9000 is con­traindi­cat­ed. Your doc­tor will dis­cuss with you your spe­cif­ic cir­cum­stance.


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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty five years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods. His website,, provides more information about his approach. Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.
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