Tulare Chiropractic Clinic    
 Accident & Injury Center
Quality Care Since 1994

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does it take to fix my problem?
The time it takes to treat patients until they are either fixed or stable widely varies from patient to patient. Some find relief within a visit or two, and some need lengthy care. Typically, Dr. Mitchell will trial a few treatments once your condition is diagnosed with an examination and x-rays if needed. Once we can see how the patient responds with just a couple of treatments, then Dr. Mitchell can lay out a customized plan for you that makes sense.

How much does it cost?
Again, cost for care will be different from patient to patient depending on the level of care required to achieve results. Typically, insurance covers some of the cost, however in the case of no insurance, or little coverage for chiropractic care, our office offers discounts for payment at the time of service. Once an accurate treatment plan can be laid out, then we can review the cost of any proposed treatment, and see how much is covered by the insurance. At that point, we can make payment arrangements for the patient that will work with their budget and needs.

Frequently Asked Questions About the DRX9000 System

What are my chances for success?
Of course nothing is a 100% cure. Many different studies have been done on this type of decompression with good to excellent outcomes (most are around 70%+, with one as high as 86%). Of course the chances for success with this kind of treatment are dependent on many factors, inlcuding the patient's particular condition, age, past history, etc. That is why we offer a consultation at no charge to help determine a particular patient's potential for success.

Does the treatment offer permanent relief?
Treatments offer most patients long lasting relief, but permanent relief cannot be guaranteed in all situations. In some circumstances, Dr. Mitchell may advise patients to have follow-up treatments to ensure the most relief of their pain, but only if medically necessary. See our page on axial decompression research for details.

Does insurance cover the cost?
Whether or not insurance covers the cost of therapy depends on the type of insurance and the specific costs associated with each treatment. We are more than happy to verify any insurance plans you may have and give you an estimate as to the costs of treatment beforehand. The Dr. must first evaluate your specific condition and determine if the DRX9000 is rigth for you. We offer a free consultation so the doctor can make this determination without any cost or obligation for you.

If I don’t have insurance, are payment plans available?
Of course—we offer several flexible payment plans for every patient’s needs. We also accept major credit cards, and care credit to make treatment affordable to everyone!

How exactly does the DRX9000 work?
A chest and shoulder harness is fastened around the patient by one of Dr. Mitchell’s technicians. The table of the machine is raised to its vertical position and the patient stands on the Hi-Lo System, then slowly reclines back to the supine position (laying face-up). The patient’s weight, which indicates the amount of pressure for his or her treatment, is calculated and stored in the system’s computer. A knee rest is placed under the patient’s knees in order to eliminate pelvic rotation. The lower lumbar belt and pelvic harness mold to the iliac crest. An air pump, located below the pelvic harness, keeps the lordodic curve intact. An air bladder balances the angle of pull, which changes according to the specific level of treatment. Since the pull is generated along a logarithmic curve, no muscle spasms occur and decompression of the targeted lumbar disc is able to take place.

How Does Decompression Work?
Decompression creates vacuum-like suction that reverses the high pressure inside the disc and moves the bulging or herniated material back into the disc, thus relieving the pain.

Imagine holding a jelly donut. When you squeeze the donut, the side breaks open and some of the jelly oozes out. This is very similar to what happens with a herniated disc. Stress causes a tear in the disc and some of the “jelly” oozes out. Now, if you want to get the jelly back inside, how could you do it? Imagine how a syringe works. When you put a syringe in water and pull up the plunger, it creates a negative pressure that sucks the water into the syringe. Thus, the answer lies in negative pressure. The DRX9000 ™ creates negative intradiscal pressure that sucks the herniated material back into the disc and allows it to heal naturally. The DRX9000 ™ isolates the herniated disc and slowly tractions the area of the spine. The advanced technology of the machine communicates with the body seventeen times per second, making the DRX9000 ™ break-through technology. Regular traction does not work because if your body senses the pull of traction, it will react by going into spasm. Thus, by communicating with your body so often, the DRX9000 ™ is able to adjust the amount of traction according to the reaction of your body. It negates any spasm and allows the machine to create the negative pressure that sucks the disc material back into the disc. Water and other disc nutrients are also drawn into the disc to aid in healing.