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Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville bets you have. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville understands that St. Francisville back pain patients often would like to see the cause of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Currently, imaging does not always fulfill a patient’s desire to see the cause if it’s the result of 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 St. Francisville back pain patients can believe that their St. Francisville chiropractor will thoroughly explain to them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to ease that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Imaging recommendations today seem to be 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 findings, reducing 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. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville has followed the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management which suggests 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 goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are positive scenarios for St. Francisville back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your St. Francisville chiropractor typically.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville totally gets this!) patients want to “see” their diagnosis. Words and descriptions and drawings are one thing while imaging is a lot more personal. When it comes to non-specific back pain, there is an extra layer of curiosity as it is “non-specific” and does not 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 like MRI and xrays.

MEDICINE AND SPINAL IMAGING

Interestingly, for years, medicine downplayed the idea of imaging for spine issues. Today, medicine is more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for example, treating physicians depend on imaging to ascertain its severity. Specifically, a set of researchers looked at the possibility of how imaging helped visualize the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and resulting cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its good points. Your St. Francisville back pain specialist at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville wants to be sure imaging is appropriate to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ final recovery and pain relief. We know that “seeing is believing” and respect what imaging contributes 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 describes how useful imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your St. Francisville chiropractic appointment at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville 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. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville 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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