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Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation bets you have. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation knows that Tonawanda back pain patients many times would like to see the cause of their pain. (They already believe their pain!) Today, imaging does not always meet a patient’s desire to see the cause if it is because of an issue like chemical irritation when disc material leaks out to a nerve root, so imaging can only go so far in meeting a patient’s desire to see the cause. But Tonawanda back pain patients can believe that their Tonawanda chiropractor will thoroughly explain to them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to alleviate that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Imaging recommendations today are all about decreasing imaging exposure and cost. The concern of radiation exposure is being dealt with by careful examination of low back pain patients for more specific indications, decreasing radiation dose and doing more MRI than CT. These efforts in turn reduce the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to no do imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation has followed the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management which recommends holding off on imaging (in the absence of "red flags" which a thorough clinical examination finds) for 30 days during which time 50% improvement is sought. If 30 days pass without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win scenarios for Tonawanda back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Tonawanda chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation totally gets this!) patients want to “see” their diagnosis. Words and descriptions and drawings are one thing while imaging is much more personal. When it comes to non-specific back pain, there is an additional layer of curiosity as it’s “non-specific” and doesn’t always have a glaring reason for the pain. The public and patients believe imaging helps determine the back pain condition. They are not alone as some healthcare professionals do, too. (2) That is probably why patients and their healthcare providers want MRI and xrays.

MEDICINE AND SPINAL IMAGING

Interestingly, for years, medicine downplayed the concept of imaging for spine issues. Today, medicine is more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for instance, treating physicians rely on imaging to ascertain the severity of it. Specifically, a set of researchers considered the possibility that imaging helped visualize the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and resulting cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its good points. Your Tonawanda back pain specialist at Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation wants to be sure imaging is positively contributory to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ final recovery and pain relief. We know that “seeing is believing” and respect what imaging brings to the treatment plan when necessary.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Dan Clark on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains how useful imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Tonawanda chiropractic appointment at Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation to more fully comprehend your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see its source or not because you definitely already believe you have pain. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation understands how “seeing [imaging – xray or MRI] is believing” works for back pain patients to see the source of their pain.  
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