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 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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