Friday, June 13, 2008

Are all spinal decompression tables alike?

I received this from a chiropractor today and I had to post it. Read it below and my comments are below that.

You must forgive me, but the Triton DTS does everything that the DRX 9000 does, and every bit as well. I believe that if it is reasonable to charge $5700 to your patients for 20 visits, and that is around the going rate in some areas of the country, it is also reasonable for me to charge $5700 to my patients should I wish. Do not devalue the identical service that someone else gives simply because we were smart enough to purchase a more economical machine!

First of all the Triton DTS is not "identical" I would not even call them distant cousins!
I own a DRX 9000, a DTS, a 3D active trac and a Vax-d.
I prefer the DRX 9000 over all the tables, and so do my patients. So to call the services identical is ridiculous and yes the DTS is more economical but to charge a premium for something that you bought at a discount is not fair to me.
I don't buy economy equipment for my practice, my patients demand the best shouldn't you?
The other day my DRX 9000 went down and I had to put patients on the DTS table and every one of them commented on the difference.
High end tables like a DRX 9000 or a SpineMed table are definitely better then a DTS or a 3D active trac.
This is my blog and my opinion.I guess what I am trying to say is if you are a race car driver, you want all of the best equipment. I feel the same way.
Chronic back pain is difficult enough to treat why "chince" on the tools used to help patients?

I have nothing against these other tables like the DTS or the 3D active trac like I said I own them as well, I am simply saying that I have had better treatment outcomes with the DRX 9000.

Vax-D treatment in Manhattan.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Are the DTS or the 3D active trac even considered decompression devices? I understand them to be traction devices. This is part of the problem with reimbursement for decompression, and why outcomes vary so much. I agree that decompression tables are rediculously high priced, but at this point in time, there is no economical alternative, unless one is incredibly talented at using a cox flexion distraction table. It is my opinion that marketing the use of such tables as decompression is misleading, and simply a way of trying to jump on the bandwagon without paying for a ticket. Even if you get good results with your treatment, it is still traction.