Our Testimonials

We are grateful and inspired by the testimonials offered by our patients. Their stories are what motivate us to continue to serve our community with honor and care. We trust that you are also inspired with hope and courage as you read the following DRX Success Stories from the South Coast Spine Center.

Healed from Bulging and Herniated Discs

Christa Gowrie Healed from Bulging and Herniated Discs

BEFORE DRX:  Excruciating, debilitating and often nauseating back pain was my constant companion for two years before Dr. Bell and DRX.  Sleep was difficult as pain made it almost impossible to turn from one side to another.  I stopped walking and exercising because I constantly hurt.  When I first went to Dr. Bell for a consultation I could barely walk. I listened to him, I believed him and I committed to the process. After an MRI it was determined that I had 2 bulging disks and 1 deteriorated disk and various muscle issues. I thought to myself, “Good Luck”.

DURING DRX:  The South Coast Spine Center family immediately made me feel welcome and confident.  The staff is very warm, friendly and informative.  My treatments were totally painless and extremely comfortable.  After only 4 sessions, I couldn’t believe the relief. My pain number went from a 10 to 5 in less than a week.  I bragged to Dr. Bell that I could actually put on my socks without holding on to a wall. The sessions continued and so did the decline of my pain level.  I told Dr. Bell that I would absolutely recommend the DRX treatment to anyone with back and or neck issues.  I also loved the strengthening program, especially the Power Plate. I could feel and see my muscle tone improving.

AFTER DRX:  I now am back to walking and exercising.  I can’t stop telling people how good I feel.  I no longer hold onto my kitchen counter when I empty the dishwasher. My balance has improved as did my flexibility.  On a daily basis I get stronger and have almost no pain.

Bottom line, my quality of life has improved tremendously.  I am so grateful to have found Dr. Bell and his staff , they all made me feel like family.  Surely I found them through my Guardian Angel because the results are truly miraculous.  Thank you Dr. Bell and the ladies, thank you very much.

Christa Gowrie: Homemaker, Coronado/Chicago

Relieved of Peripheral Neuropathy and Debilitating Lower Back Pain

Gary Burningham

I was very skeptical when a close friend first recommended that I should see Dr. Bell. Every time I ever mentioned my back problems to her, she strongly told me that I needed to go see him.  I probably never would have, but my back got so bad, I had to do something.  It finally got so bad (8-10/10 with 10 being unbearable pain) that I couldn’t even get dressed to go to church.  Then a couple of other good friends that were patients of Dr. Bell’s also told me of their relief of their back problems.

When we made the decision to go ahead with the series of treatments, I decided to really commit to it and see it through.  Starting with the first treatments, I could feel the difference with my back.  Gradually I had less pain and felt more and more flexibility and relief from the constant back pain that I had.  The treatments were totally painless and I always felt very relaxed during and after each treatment.

After the treatments I was curious about how long it would last.  It has now been over four months since the treatments were completed and I am still pain free and have much improved flexibility. Another side benefit is my peripheral neuropathy that I had in my legs is much improved. (was unable to discern hot or cold on legs and feet were always numb) I had been diagnosed as having peripheral neuropathy for years, because I’m a “borderline diabetic”, whatever that is. All the time it was caused by compressed nerves in my lower back.

After all is said and done, the money that I spent on my back at the South Coast Spine Center and Dr. Bell is the best investment that I have ever made .  Dr. Bell, his wife and assistant Cyndi, and their staff are caring professionals.  If you have problems with your spine like I did, they are, in my humble opinion, the very best option that there is.

Gary Burningham: Chula Vista, CA

Healed of Herniated and Degenerated Discs

Bob Walker

I had a herniated and degenerated disk that caused low back pain, stiffness and tingling in my knee, and loss of muscle control in my left leg. It was painful to sit, stand, or lie down.  My medical doctor prescribed pain pills and muscle relaxers. My former chiropractor focused on lateral adjustments and my symptoms got worse. I learned about decompression and called Dr. Bell .

Dr. Bell’s consultation convinced me about using the DRX.  It was comfortable, simple, and made sense.

After 3 weeks (of Dr. Bell’s treatment), all symptoms disappeared.  After an additional 3 weeks of DRX and therapy, I felt fully recovered. It’s now 1 year later, and my symptoms never returned. I can play with my kids and play sports (Tennis and Baseball) and I know it would not have been possible if it was not for Dr. Bell. Thank you.

Bob Walker: Airline Pilot, Chula Vista, CA

Healed of Headaches, Shoulder and Arm Neuropathy

Victoria Frelier

BEFORE DRX:  When I first consulted with Dr. Bell, I was plagued by daily headaches, along with a tingling sensation in my jaw, shoulder and down my right arm. I was unable to sleep or sit comfortably, as I was always trying to change my position to alleviate these symptoms. I have tried chiropractic, physical therapy and had been taking pain medication daily.  I was told that surgery was the only option left for me.

DURING DRX: The first few visits with the DRX offered me much relief and my headaches subsided immediately.  I no longer had the dull ache in my neck and the back of my head.  Gradually through the next few weeks of my treatment, the numbness started to fade and I no longer felt tingling down my arm.  The treatments were very relaxing and I often fell asleep during the session.  Dr. Bell and his staff were always so friendly and helpful, continuously checking in on me throughout each session.

AFTER DRX: I am happy to say that the days of my chronic headaches are gone!  I had always just resigned to the fact that I would go through my life trying to manage these headaches and I would always take pain medication.  The numbness and tingling in my shoulder has decreased dramatically and I no longer toss and turn trying to get comfortable while sleeping.  I would definitely recommend the DRX  to anyone who is a candidate for this type of therapy.  It has certainly allowed me to enjoy the activities that I used to do and not be constrained by the pain I used to feel.

Victoria Frelier: School Teacher, Chula Vista

Found Relief After 9 Years of Suffering

Christine Reeder

BEFORE DRX: Working as a Registered Nurse, I slipped and twisted my back at work.  After 9 years of treatment, including physical therapy and epidural injections (which made the pain worse) I could only sit for 20 minutes and stand for 30 minutes. A friend was having DRX900  treatment with Dr. Bell and recommended him. At my first visit it was obvious that this was a caring, honest doctor and staff, no pressure, honest answers.

DURING DRX:  The treatments were gentle and caused no increase in pain.  My back was sore after the treatments, but the laser and electrode therapy helped. After 4 treatments my pain went from an 8 to a 6. Each succeeding treatment helped a little at a time. Although it took longer than normal, Dr. Bell continued the DRX until my pain level was a 2-3.

AFTER DRX:  Now, (9 months after I started treatment, 0-2 pain only 10% of the time) I am able to sit for 2 hours in a plane, stand for 4 hours while volunteering, and generally enjoy life without constant pain.  I would highly recommend Dr. Bell and his staff.  As a patient, you are treated like family.  They are caring, willing to work with you and they get results.  Thank you Dr. Bell.

Christine Reeder: Registered Nurse, Chula Vista, CA

Avoided Back Surgery

Alex Avoided Back Surgery

“I was off work because of my severe back pain.  My pain prevented me from walking more than 15 minutes or sitting more than 20-30 minutes. I had tried physical therapy, and then 3 epidural injections with only temporary relief. My doctor recommended back surgery as my final option.  I saw the ads for the DRX in the newspaper and on TV and sent for the information.  My doctor told me that the DRX probably wouldn’t work, and I was skeptical.  But, the information Dr. Bell sent to me made sense.  So, I cancelled my back surgery and decided to try Dr. Bell’s DRX program.”

“I felt a little back muscle soreness in the beginning.  But as the treatment progressed, the pain decreased and I could feel my back getting stronger, allowing me to increase my activities.  I could feel the DRX stretch my back, but there was no pain during the treatment.”

“After my treatment I have no more back pain and it feels like I never even had a back problem.  I’m exercising, I can sit as long as I want without pain and I ride my bike 30 minutes a day.  I have more energy and can do everything around the house that I used to do.  I strongly advise anyone considering surgery to try Dr. Bell’s DRX program.  I’m glad I cancelled my surgery and came to see Dr. Bell.  If your doctor tells you that you need back surgery, check out Dr. Bell’s DRX program first!”

Alex De La Torre: Truck Driver/Handyman, San Diego, CA

Healed of Neck Pain, TMJ Pain, and more . . .

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At the age of 49 I was rear-ended again in an auto accident and was told to have neck surgery because of bulging discs and serious degenerative changes in my neck.  Surgery was my absolute last option and I sought help from neurologists, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, rheumatologists and others.  The accident also left me with abnormal brain waves considered a “seizure disorder”, TMJ problems, a hypersensitive trigeminal nerve and fibromyalgia.  Opening and closing my mouth affected my left ear and I had waves of weakness and un-coordination on my right side due to the abnormal brain waves.

After  years and about 15 different doctors, I found Dr. Bell and was anxious to try the DRX treatment for my neck.  I expected it to be painful but was shocked to find it comfortable and experienced relief during treatment.  I actually didn’t want the sessions to end.  I found dramatic improvement on my range of motion, turning my head without pain was amazing to me and for the first time in 30 years (since my first car accident) I was able to look up, putting my head back  without pain!  That was a miracle!  The big surprise came when the waves of weakness and un-coordination subsided.  During treatment I experienced fewer and fewer, and by the end of treatment they were gone!

Since completing my DRX treatment, my neck is more flexible and more relaxed. I am thrilled my brain waves seem to be back to normal and my TMJ discomfort has been greatly reduced.  I can now bite down more comfortably and open my mouth without hurting my left ear, finally, after 5 years!  I am so thankful to have found Dr. Bell and this treatment.  He has corrected and improved so many of my symptoms by focusing on my neck!  This has improved my quality of life beyond my expectations and I would highly recommend it to others.  My thanks to Dr. Bell and his staff!

Claudia Stahl: Homemaker, Poway, CA

70 Years Young, Close to 100% Better!

Dale Ohlau 70 Years Young, Close to 100% Better!

“I’m 70 years old, and I suffered from constant low back pain, level 10/10, which traveled into both legs.  I had to stay at home and stop all of my regular activities, and couldn’t manage my normal work due to the severe pain.  My doctor had recommended physical therapy, but I didn’t think it would help.  However, when I saw Dr. Bell’s ad for the DRX, it made sense and I thought it might help me.”

“The DRX treatment was very relaxing and I felt relief right away.  I continued to improve as my pain decreased to a level of 1/10.  The leg pain also went away pretty fast.”

“After completing my treatment & exercise programs, I am feeling much stronger.  My leg pain is gone and my back pain is very mild at a 1/10.  I’m now feeling the “bounce” back in my step. I didn’t have it before I started treatment.  Now I can do yard work again, and I’m looking forward to maintaining an exercise routine that Dr. Bell has started me on.  I definitely recommend Dr. Bell’s treatment program for low back and leg pain.  I’m close to 100% better.”

Dale Ohlau: Retired, Chula Vista, CA

Healed of Severe Lumbar Disc Extrusion and Sciatica

Laura Saldana Healed of Severe Lumbar Disc Extrusion and Sciatica

Before DRX: I experienced terrible pain on my low back, buttock and all the way down my right leg. For months I was only able to sleep and lay down 3-4 hours each night.  I could not sit for long periods of time. I could walk, but slowly. I had a hard time because I couldn’t do much at home.  I could not put my socks and shoes on.  I had a herniated disk for years.  I learned to live with the problem and the pain in my low back.  My orthopaedic doctor recommended surgery, but I did not want to have surgery.  In February 2008 I ruptured the Disk by coughing.  It was the worst day of my life.  I felt pain from my shoulders all the way down to my toes.  I was taken to ER and they did not find the problem.  They only gave me Morphine.  I wasn’t able to move or walk for days.  When I saw my orthopaedic doctor after a week, he thought I only had a flare-up.  The pain got worse and worse with time, but all he did for me was give me medication and kept me off work for months. I knew I needed to do something about it, either have the surgery or find another alternative. Thank God in June I found Dr. Bell.  He ordered the MRI and told me I had a ruptured disk and that I was a candidate for his treatment.  That same day I decided to start the spinal decompression  knowing that the DRX was a non-invasive treatment and that my pain was worse each day. I said, “I have nothing to lose”, and had the confidence that God had sent me to Dr. Bell’s office.

During DRX:  I had my ups and downs during the treatment, but was never worse than before the DRX.  It took several visits before I felt improvement. One thing everybody needs to know is that the treatment is not painful at all.  You will be sore, but it’s normal due to the spinal decompression.  I had a lot of hope in Dr. Bell and his treatment, and he didn’t let me down. He gave me more visits than what I paid for because he wants his patients to get better and because he really loves to help people. Dr. Bell and his staff did more for me than what I expected.  I don’t have words to tell you how much I appreciate all they did for me. I love them and God Bless their family and their business.

After DRX: I feel great!  Now I don’t have pain in my low back, buttock or down the leg. I have no numbness, no tingling. I sleep my 8 hours a day, not 3 or 4 hours like before. Now I can put my socks and shoes on. I feel I have my life back.  PLEASE TRY THE DRX BEFORE SURGERY! Dr. Bell will do whatever it takes to help you get better because he cares about you.

Laura Saldana: Administrative Assistant, El Cajon, CA