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Chiropractic Care Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Chiropractic Care bets you have. Chiropractic Care understands that West Palm Beach back pain patients often want to see the source of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Today, imaging doesn’t always fulfill a patient’s desire to see the cause if it is due to an issue like chemical irritation when disc material is on a nerve root, so imaging can only go so far in satisfying a patient’s desire to see what’s going on. But West Palm Beach back pain patients can believe that their West Palm Beach chiropractor will thoroughly tell them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to ease that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Today’s imaging recommendations are all about reducing imaging exposure and cost. The concern of radiation exposure is being dealt with by careful examination of low back pain patients for more specific findings, decreasing radiation dose and doing more MRI than CT. These changes in turn decrease the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to hold off on imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Chiropractic Care 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 a month during which time 50% improvement is sought. If 30 days goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win scenarios for West Palm Beach back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your West Palm Beach chiropractor typically.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Chiropractic Care totally gets this!) patients want to “see” their diagnosis. Words and descriptions and drawings are one thing, but imaging is a lot more personal. When it comes to non-specific back pain, there is an additional layer of curiosity as it is “non-specific” and doesn’t always have an obvious cause for the pain. The public and patients believe imaging helps diagnose the back pain condition. They are not alone as some healthcare professionals do, too. (2) That is likely 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 becomes more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for instance, treating physicians depend on imaging to determine the severity of it. Particularly, a set of researchers considered the possibility that imaging helped visualize the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and subsequent cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its positives. Your West Palm Beach back pain specialist at Chiropractic Care wants to be sure imaging is appropriate to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ ultimate recovery and pain relief. We know that “seeing is believing” and respect what imaging contributes to the treatment plan when needed.

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

Schedule your West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment at Chiropractic Care to more fully comprehend your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see its source or not because you certainly already believe you have pain. Chiropractic Care believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Chiropractic Care 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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