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Spinal Decompression Anyone tried it?

LarryPLLarryP Posts: 18
edited 01/27/2013 - 4:54 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Anyone tried this for a bulging disc in neck, I don't want to do surgery.
Also arthritis
I am skeptical about this procedure
Suffering for 7 month now

Thanks :)


  • marketweismmarketweis Posts: 16
    edited 01/28/2013 - 6:14 AM
    Are you talking about decompression on something like that DRX machine? I too obviously don't want surgery if I can avoid it and have looked into everything non-invasive.

    I went to a Chiro place because I was intrigued by their fancy DRX machine, but I landed up going to a Chrio much closer and convenient to where I work. He also has a "decompression" machine which is I think the Triton DTS. He says his machine and the DRX are really nothing more than traction, but that he wouldn't charge me and arm and a leg for each session on it like the other place and the DRX.

    I have been on it there pretty much each visit, and I really can't say it's been a great help. All I know is that after my first visit to him several weeks ago, and the initial "adjustments" he did up and down my entire spine, was the first time I was off of my pain pills as of the next day. I was extremely frightened to have him manipulate anything, but he was pretty gentle and told me I was tight as a drum in some spots.

    I have issues at C6 and C4, and the C6 pain is what he really relieved after that first visit when I did no decompression. The C4 pain is being more stubborn.

    I would say that ONLY doing the decompression traction wouldn't have really made me turn the corner on relieving pain. And even still, I am up and down almost daily -- still mainly off pain killers -- but having decent and not so decent days every other day. Next up for me is a consult with an epidural guy.
  • 20 years ago when I started having trouble with my neck a neurosurgeon suggested I buy an over the door traction device and use it for 20-30 minutes several times each day to see if it would help. It did and my symptoms either went away or were greatly reduced. I had disk degeneration and arthritic build up between C6 and C7 at the time. The device can be bought on Amazon for between $25 and $75. The one I was last using cost me $65 and used a spring to set the traction.

    Try it and it could really delay surgery by a great amount.... or not.

    My device worked (used it every year or so typically when symptoms reappeared) until about 8 months ago. Then X-rays and an MRI showed significant problems C4-C5, C5-C6, and C6-C7 necessitation surgery. I am now three weeks post 3-level ACDF and doing really well.

    Hope this helps.
    US Army Retired
    Olympia WA
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