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Chiropractor Dr. Karen Busso sets up the DRX9000 back pain relief machine for massage therapist Blair Crittenden, at the Silverdale office where both work. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Chiropractor Dr. Karen Busso sets up the DRX9000 back pain relief machine for massage therapist Blair Crittenden, at the Silverdale office where both work.
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Just before Thanksgiving The Chiropractors Clinic in Silverdale received a DRX9000. Since then Drs. David Stedman and Karen Busso have been receiving nothing but thanks from the more than a dozen patients who have stretched out on the lower back pain relief machine.

The state of the art technology, developed in 2000 by Axiom Worldwide, Inc. and FDA approved the following year, is a non-surgical alternative for treatment of lower back pain.

For one Bremerton resident, the machine in Stedman’s clinic was the only thing that worked even after surgery.

“I love that thing,” said Kelly J., who chose to have her last name withheld. “If I could put it on my Christmas list I would.”

Kelly suffered a broken back several years ago and underwent surgery in 2002, but that intervention was followed by chronic pain.

“I tried just about everything,” she said. “They wanted me to have back surgery again and I said ‘absolutely not.’”

That is when Kelly was referred to Stedman and about five weeks ago experienced her first 27-minute DRX9000 treatment.

“They started putting me on that table and it’s been great ever since,” she said. “I’m in much better spirits. My back doesn’t hurt, I’m happier.”

“From the first second she was on the table she didn’t want to get off,” Busso said of Kelly’s experience with DRX9000.

In a little more than a month, Stedman and Busso say they have seen phenomenal improvements in their patients’ conditions.

An exam and MRI help determine whether a patient is a suitable candidate for DRX9000 treatment. Stedman says those with chronic lower back pain that remains unresolved and is caused by conditions such as herniated or degenerative discs, can find relief with this relatively new technology.

The machine is 86 percent effective, according to one recent study. But Stedman based the decision to purchase, what

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