DRX9000

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DRX9000

Chris Goetz - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Spinal Decompression and the DRX9000

Goetz with CaptionThe last ten years has seen the arrival of spinal decompression systems like the DRX9000 from Axiom Worldwide. These devices were developed to provide an alternative to invasive treatments for back pain while avoiding some problems often associated with traction like fatigue, discomfort and the muscle spasms it sometimes triggers. Traction is an excellent therapy tool, but in some cases it might exacerbate the pain. The DRX9000 is particularly effective in providing relief from bulging vertebral discs, posterior facet syndrome, sciatica and degenerative disc disease. DRX stands for Decompression Reduction Extraction. The DRX9000 by Axiom Worldwide is the best system of its kind.

The split table of the DRX9000 reduces friction. With the patient laying on their back, the chest and shoulders are positioned into a support harness. The harness is attached to a system of air bladders, motors and pulleys that provide the motion of the machine. This motion produces a force that decompresses the space between the vertebrae. The onboard computer allows for precise adjustment of the decompression force and the angle of the pull. The DRX9000 is so precise, in fact, that it can target a specific spinal segment. Ultimately, what the DRX9000 does is provide more space to the discs between the vertebrae, which reduces pressure and herniation.

A Quick and Not Unpleasant Experience

A DRX9000 decompression session takes about 30-40 minutes, all told. The first several sessions start with a low to moderate decompression force which is increased over several sessions. Many patients report experiencing relief after just one session. Others will feel the benefits after a few. How quickly you begin to feel relief is dependent on the severity of your injury. Treatments are generally administered two to three times a week for six weeks, but some patients may require a longer or shorter regimen.

Before and after each decompression session you will be treated to physical therapy such as electrical muscle stimulation and hot and cold therapy. At Advance Health Services we have two DRX9000’s, each equipped with a DVD player and overhead monitor. You can choose from a collection of television shows to watch during your treatment. Some patients find the experience so comfortable that they take a short nap during their session.

DRX9000 decompression treatments are affordable, especially when compared to surgery. Many insurance companies do cover decompression treatment. Call Advance Health Services to set up a consultation and find out if you are eligible for this highly effective back pain treatment. Our staff will verify if your insurance covers the cost of the treatment.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Herniated Discs

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Herniated Discs

Chris Goetz - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Herniated Discs Can Affect the Back, Neck and Extremities

Goetz with CaptionOf all the injuries one can sustain in an automobile accident, a herniated disc in the spine is one of the most potentially serious. Left untreated a herniated disc can cause a lifetime of pain and disability. It is important to recognize the signs of a possible herniation after an accident, and to consult with a doctor if any of the symptoms occur. Luckily, there are effective treatments to treat a herniated spinal disc including non-surgical methods that can produce excellent results.

The vertebrae, or bones that make up the spine, are separated by the spinal discs, called intervertebral discs. These discs act as cushions between each of the several vertebrae allowing the spine to bend and move. A herniated or slipped disc happens when all or part of the disc protrudes from its place between the vertebrae. Very often the protruding disc comes in contact with one or more of the many nerves that branch out from the spine. This contact causes pain and other problems in the back and other parts of the body, depending on which disc and nerves are affected. The lower back, also called the lumbar area, is the most common site of herniated discs, but they can also occur in the neck, or cervical portion of the spine. Slipped discs in the thoracic, or middle part of the back, are rare.

Any of these symptoms following an auto accident may indicate the presence of a herniated lumbar disc:

  • Low back pain
  • Pain radiating to the hips, legs or buttocks
  • Pain in the calfs or feet
  • Numbness in any of these areas

A herniated cervical disc presents itself a little differently.

  • Pain in the shoulder blades
  • Pain radiating to the arms, hands or fingers
  • Pain when moving the neck
  • Numbness in the shoulders, arms, hands or fingers

Additionally, a herniated disc can cause weakness in the arms and legs. Patients who have suffered a slipped disc after an auto accident may have trouble performing common daily tasks. Pain from a herniated disc can worsen by sitting, standing or walking for prolonged periods of time, by coughing, sneezing or laughing. The pain is often worse at night.

Spinal Decompression Provides Effective Non-Invasive Treatment

There are many options for car accident treatment in Miami and for herniated discs including pain medication, physical therapy and surgery. A relatively new form of treatment that has provided excellent results is spinal decompression therapy. This treatment seeks to relieve pressure between vertebrae in order to allow the disc to recede to its normal position.

The DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Unit uses spinal decompression to painlessly and effectively repair herniated intervertebral discs. Through a slow and methodical separating of specific vertebrae, the DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Unit reduces the pressure being applied to the injured disc while simultaneously encouraging blood flow to the area. This release of pressure allows the disc to regain its proper shape and position over time, while the increased flow of oxygen rich blood helps the disc heal more rapidly.

The DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Unit applies computer controlled, gentle pulls to specific vertebrae to provide relief to the affected discs. The thirty to forty minute process is repeated two or three times a week, gradually relieving pain over time. However, some patients begin to experience pain relief after only one or two treatments. Contact us at Advance Health Services today to find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in Miami.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Spinal Decompression

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Spinal Decompression

Chris Goetz - Sunday, February 24, 2013

Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy Is a Breakthrough in Back Pain Treatment

Goetz with CaptionJust under a million spinal surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year. Eighty percent of all Americans will experience back pain in their lifetimes and contribute to the $50 billion spent annually on its treatment.  As patients continually seek more effective treatments that will help eliminate debilitating pain,  non-surgical spinal decompression has emerged as breakthrough in the effective treatment of degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and a number of other back afflictions. It uses computer controlled mechanical traction to relieve the pressure on spinal discs.

Deterioration of the spinal discs is know as degenerative disc disease (DDD). It is characterized by a reduction in the amount of the gelatinous substance at the center of the discs, and by the weakening of the disc's exterior structure. DDD usually occurs gradually and is a common result of aging. A herniated disc results when the nucleus of the disc protrudes out. This puts pressure on the adjacent nerves resulting in pain, numbness or weakness.

It's pressure reducing effect makes non-surgical spinal decompression an excellent treatment for both degenerative disc disease and herniated discs. In addition, non-surgical spinal decompression is an effective treatment for:

  • Sciatica - pain, weakness, or tingling radiating to the extremities
  • Posterior facet syndrome - worn joints in the spine
  • Radiculopathy - injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
  • Back and neck pain

Spinal decompression treatment is comfortable and gentle. A harness is placed around the patient's hips and the patient lays down on the cushioned table portion of the machine. The harness is connected to the machine and the traction motion creates a release of pressure between the vertebra. The on board computer precisely controls the force and angle of the pulling motion, assuring that the treatment is applied the correct disc. The release of pressure also promotes better flow of water, oxygen and nutrients to affected discs and nerves.

The treatment can be highly customized for each patient. A single treatment can last from 30 to 45 minutes. A typical treatment plan will call for 3 to 5 sessions a week for 4 to 7 weeks. Non-surgical spinal decompression can be complimented by other treatments such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound and heat or cold therapy.

Patients that should avoid this treatment are women who are pregnant, those with tumors, bone fractures, or metal implants and surgical hardware placed in their spine or are suffering from osteoporosis.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Back and Neck Pain Treatment

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Back and Neck Pain Treatment

Chris Goetz - Monday, February 11, 2013

Back and Neck Pain Treatment Should Consider Severity and Cause

Goetz with CaptionMost people are familiar with back and neck pain in their own lives but may be surprised to learn that the two are among the most common reasons for doctor visits, and they are a major cause or disability, lost work and high healthcare costs.  About 80% of adults experience moderate to severe back pain at some time in their lives, and 50% suffer from neck pain.  Back and neck pain can be caused by a variety of conditions ranging from the life threatening, like heart attack or trauma, to the more benign, such as strains and sprains.

The neck and back contain many muscles, bones, nerves and veins.  The most common cause of pain is soft tissue injury to the muscles, tendons and ligaments.  Whiplash, which can be caused be a strike to the head, a fall, or an automobile accident, even a small one, is a type of injury caused by a sudden distorting extension of the neck muscles.  Other common causes are arthritis of the spine, degenerative disc disease and nerves pinched by a herniated disc.

Back and neck pain can lead to other debilitating conditions like stiffness, immobility, decrease of range of motion as well as headaches and pain radiating to other parts of the body.

In some instances back and neck pain is not severe and can be treated at home.  In those cases the methods below may be enough to alleviate the pain until the injury heals.

  • Resting the neck and back, moving them as little as possible followed, after a few days, by light exercise of the affected area.
  • Applying cold, usually from a plastic bag of ice, for 15 minutes every hour.
  • Medication such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

Severe or persistent back and neck pain, or worsening symptoms, should prompt a visit to the doctor’s office.  Also, if the source of the pain cannot be determined a doctor can rule out anything serious.  Often medical history and a physical examination are enough to diagnose the cause of back and neck pain.  If not, there are many tests that can be employed to localize an injury including x-ray, CT scan and MRI.

There are many back and neck pain treatment options available, and which are used depends on the severity and cause of the pain.

  • Massage therapy is among the oldest healing techniques, and still one of the most effective.  There are more than 80 forms of massage for treating different sorts of pains and ailments.
  • Ultrasound uses sound waves to create heat in the affected muscles.  This heat promotes blood flow and loosens muscles.
  • Electric muscle stimulation uses low currents to therapeutically stimulate muscles and nerves.
  • Traction is the use of mechanically created force to stretch and mobilize the spine.  It alleviates pain by stretching muscles that have suffered from spasm.
  • Chiropractic care involves manual therapy and manipulation of the spine.  It is particularly effective for treatment of back and neck pain.
  • Non-surgical spinal decompression is performed with a precision, computer controlled system called the DRX-9000.  It works at relieving pressure on nerves, and repositioning spinal discs to allow rehydration and oxygen and nutrients to be more easily absorbed.
  • Surgery, although considered a last resort, can be extremely effective in reversing back and neck pain.

Since most back and neck pain is caused by sprains or strains, one can expect to recover fully with proper care and treatment.  When dealing with back and neck pain it is important to bear in mind its severity and cause.  A carefully considered treatment plan is the best path to a quick recovery.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.