My living is working in a hospital, setting up conference rooms. This means moving tables and chairs continuously. Some tables weigh up to 200 lbs.

One day I lifted one of these 200 lb tables and I thought I pulled a muscle. Little did I know that I herniated a disk. For over a year I lived through this pain, until the pain started going down my left leg. I knew something was wrong.

The MRI read that the L4, L5 discs were herniated. At first I tried physical therapy. This was a bad choice. One day I heard on the radio about VAX-D therapy. I talked to my employer to let me try this therapy and they did. It was this, or have surgery. To me surgery must be, should be, when all else fails, the last thing to do.

Well, because of VAX-D therapy I have felt the best I have felt in over a year. I am grateful and thankful that there was something more I could do for myself than go under the knife. Sometimes it’s just so hard to tell someone how good I really feel.

For over a year I suffered when I would cut the grass, drive my car, walk, sit… Today it’s hard to remember how bad I felt.

 

Little did I know that I herniated a disk
C. M. - Pittsburgh, PA

I would like to take a moment to thank you for exceptional treatment that has been provided to me. Your outstanding, experienced and always friendly staff has made my experience at American Back Centers a pleasant one. In particular, I would like to thank Dr. Pete who took extra steps to examine my situation and explain in extensive detail what options were available to me. I would also like to thank Tina Pracht who handled the financing and insured my treatment at American Back Centers was covered.

In addition to the help of your thoughtful staff, I would like to extend my deepest thanks to the VAX-D.

After the surgery I received in September 1997 on my lower back, I was promised by the surgeon to be pain free and I was — for about a year. After the first year, the pain slowly crept its way back in. After a few months the pain became unbearable. I sought relief from a local chiropractor who managed to help me for a few months. The pain in my lower back, however, never seemed to disappear. It wasn’t long after I began treatment that the treatment itself was failing. I was back to square one, full of pain and unable to move. It was in the beginning of April when I first heard an advertisement for American Back Centers on the radio.

At first I was skeptical. What could these people do for me? The only way to remedy failed back surgery is more surgery, right? But…

I was out of options. The pain in lower back was affecting every aspect of my life.

I called the number and explained my situation. The receptionist explained some of the procedures and emphasized their use of the Vertebral Axial Decompression (VAX-D) table. Since I’ve never heard of such a thing, she gave me a web address (www.vax-d.net) for more information. After some researching, I decided to give it a try. A wise decision.

After two weeks of therapy, I noticed a significant change in the way I felt. As therapy progressed my condition improved. After a few months of therapy with the VAX-D and regular checkups my condition is, dare I say, pain free.

I would recommend the VAX-D to anyone with low back pain, but more importantly I would recommend American Back Centers because of the personal and friendly service that was provided for me. Thank you for improving the quality of life for me.

 

I was out of options.
K. H. - Library, PA

I wanted to let you know that I am very pleased with the very professional and effective treatment I received at your clinic for the herniated disc injuries I sustained in my car accident in October. Initially I consulted with the family doctor and the treatment was exercises. No MRI or x-rays were taken except for what was taken at the hospital. My chief complaint at that time was low back pain with left thigh numbness. After about one month of this type of treatment my condition was going nowhere and my doctor suggested I might need surgery. This is when I consulted you at American Back Centers. I was very pleased and impressed with the thoroughness of the examination and the explanation of my condition. This is even more significant because I was not a believer in chiropractors. You ordered an MRI and that revealed that I did have a herniation of my L4-5 disc.

To say the least, I have had excellent results with treatment at your clinic and I am very impressed with the VAX-D therapy. What impressed me most is that I was discharged after only ten weeks of treatment and I am able to resume my normal lifestyle. I am grateful to you for saving me from surgery.

I would highly recommend to anyone with a herniated disc to try VAX-D first before considering any other treatment, including surgery or injections.

 

I was very pleased and impressed with the thoroughness of the examination and the explanation of my condition
D. Y. , McKeesport, PA

Since 1991 I have had three surgeries to repair repeated herniated disks. I had a fourth surgery one week after the third surgery to repair the scar tissue damage caused by the previous surgeries. Before each surgery I tried both physical therapy and some chiropractic, but they did not give me more than minimal, short-lived relief from the excruciating spasm pain that ran down my hip and lag all the time.

In December of 1999 I was miserable and in such pain again, with another herniated disk, that I was ready for yet a fifth surgery, desperate to get some relief. Luckily, during that time I learned about Dr. Miskovich’s VAX-D therapy and the American Back Center. I was a skeptic at first, but I have been coming here since then, and never had to undergo another surgery, because I have found almost total relief. For the first few months I had VAX-D several times per week, but since the beginning of April I’ve tempered my treatments down to once or twice a month.

Relief came within the first three weeks and now after several months I am almost totally free of any pain and will never consider surgery again! I am so completely happy that I found the American Back Center I recommend it to anyone considering any kind of neck or back surgery. Please try this first! I was a skeptic in the very beginning, I had given up on being pain-free, but this works!

My quality of life is one that I never dreamed I would have again. My wife and kids are thrilled, too! They have their old husband and dad back again!

Sincerely,

 

My wife and kids are thrilled, too! They have their old husband and dad back again!
P. Q., Squirrel Hill, PA

I was only in my early thirties, when after years of abusing my back with heavy lifting the pain in my lower back was so bad that rest and over the counter remedies did nothing to ease the pain. I finally went to my family doctor who prescribed pain pills and muscle relaxers. With no improvement I then saw an Orthopedic surgeon. He also gave me pain medicine and ordered Physical Therapy. Some therapy would give me temporary relief but the pain would return before long and always seemed to be getting worse.

Over the next twelve years I was referred to eighteen different health care facilities. I saw Orthopedic Physicians, Physical Therapist, Chiropractors, and Pain Clinics where I received pain injections and nerve blocks.

I was finally thinking about quitting work because I couldn’t live with the pain anymore. It was only a fifteen-minute ride to work for me, but by the time I arrived I couldn’t even get out of the car. A fellow employee asked if I had ever heard of VAX-D. I did some research about VAX-D and then called for an appointment.

I started VAX-D  with an evaluation by Dr. Peduzzi and a review of my MRI. Dr. P. felt he could help. At first I was skeptical, but thought, what do I have to lose, I had tried everything else. I started with four sessions a week and wearing a back brace during the day. Within a month I noticed results and kept thinking, this is too good to be true. By the following summer I was able to take a nine-hour car trip to Connecticut and still felt great.

It’s been two years and I still feel wonderful. I see Dr. P every two or three months just for maintenance VAX-D treatments. I am so grateful for VAX-D and to the entire staff of The American Back Center that I have recommended it to other friends and co-workers. All are just as satisfied.

 

So grateful for VAX-D and to the entire staff of The American Back Center
L. E., Ambridge, PA

I am writing to give you my perception of the treatment I have been receiving from your office. When I first came to you I was having pain in my mid-back which was causing severe spasms that radiated downward, to both sides and upward into my neck causing headaches and pain that would travel down my left arm into the palm of my hand. I was also having pains in my chest on the days when the spasms were at their worst. I had just recently returned to work prior to my visit to you.

I have had these symptoms since an accident on last February. I did not work from April to October because my employer did not have a light duty position for me. In October I was given a truck driving position which requires loading a trailer with wood chips using a front-end loader, smoothing out the load with a pitchfork, tarping the load and delivering it to various locations. I also drive a log truck which involves loading the truck with a hydraulic loader and strapping down the load. The bouncing of the truck, using the clutch pedal, shifting gears and all the twisting involved in loading and driving really aggravate my back pain and spasms.

When I first started treatment I was taking several Tylenol tablets during the daytime to get through the day and taking Vicodin and Soma at night so I could sleep. At that time, and for the first month or so, I could only sleep 2 to 3 hours a night.

After I started treatment at your office, I noticed that the severe spasms do not come on as quickly as before I started treatment. I still always have the pain in my back, but I can get farther into the day before the pain and spasms get too severe. The amount of strenuous activity, and number of trips I make a day — have a lot to do with my pain levels. Trying to compare equal workdays from the beginning of treatment to now I would say I have seen a reduction in my pain levels. The spasms that used to radiate downwards have greatly improved and only come back on the really bad days. The
spasms that would spread sideways have improved to the point of spreading only a couple inches to each side of my spine, and I rarely get the chest pains. I still get the upward spasms but no longer get the pain going down my left arm, and I don’t get the headaches like I did in the past. I only get the headaches on bad days and they don’t seem to last as long. I also don’t need as many Tylenol 10 to get through the day. I still use the Vicodin and Soma at night time which allow me to get 6 to 7 hours of sleep a night. If I try to sleep without the meds I have a hard time falling asleep and will wake up with pain after only about 3 hours.

I also noticed — when I come in for treatment after work I’ll have a lot of pain. When I come to your office, I get an immediate reduction in pain levels during treatment. I do think this treatment is helping my condition. While improvement is slow, I have been able to continue working this limited -duty position. I know I am nol ready to return to my normal position as an equipment operator al this time — that job requires a lot more twisting and constant jarring and bouncing. Also, the amount of extra physical labor that is required for hauling, maintenance, and operation of the equipment we use is a lot more than my back can endure at this present time. All of the other physical therapy treatments I have done in the past wear unsuccessful.

If you think further treatment! will help continue my improvement like it has so far, I would like to continue treatment provided it is covered by insurance.

I am looking forward to the day when I can return to work and come home without being in so much pain, and that I can function and enjoy my family.

Thank you,

When I first started treatment I was taking several Tylenol tablets during the daytime to get through the day and taking Vicodin and Soma at night so I could sleep
H. F., Pittsburgh, PA

I suffered from recurring low back pain for 14 years. Chiropractic adjustments had helped on occasion, but they were no longer working and I needed a new solution. An MRI showed that I had two herniated discs between L4-L5 and L5-S1. These herniations caused intense pain, which traveled down from my lower back down my left leg, ending with numbness in my toes. It was very frustrating that I could no longer participate in golf, tennis,and hiking. I work in sales and had to travel on airplanes weekly and this was very difficult. I talked to a friend about this treatment called Vax-D, he said that I should schedule a consult with the doctor ASAP, I did, and after meeting with the doctor, I started the treatment plan the next week. I underwent Vax-D and the other therapies at American Back Center for 6 weeks. I saw amazing results with this non surgical treatment, I no longer have any leg or back pain, and the numbness is gone. I can play golf again, and those long plane rides are longer a problem for my back. Thank you for giving me my life back.

Thank you for giving me my life back
John - St. Mary's PA

Thank you american back center, and Dr. Peduzzi for saving me from almost spending tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket for laser surgery which as I read and talked to the doctor, has no better success rate then regular back surgery, and also has all the possible complications involved. I luckily heard an ad on the radio advertising Vax-D and the american back centers. I went for a consult, sat down and talked to the doctor. I was really impressed by the knowledge of disc problems he has, and he explained my problem in detail, doing a through examination, and going over my MRI report. I must say that this office really does know what they are doing, they have many happy patients, that praise them and their treatment methods. I finished the Vax-D protocol, going through ABC’S unique program, and I am now pain-free, and enjoying life again! I am able to enjoy my family again and the activities that we love to do together, thank you again.

Almost Went Through With Laser Spine Surgery
Donna - Youngstown, Ohio