Back And Neck Care Center Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Back And Neck Care Center bets you have. Back And Neck Care Center knows that Severna Park back pain patients often would like to see the source of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Currently, imaging doesn’t always satisfy a patient’s desire to see the source 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 meeting a patient’s desire to see the cause. But Severna Park back pain patients can believe that their Severna Park chiropractor will thoroughly tell them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to alleviate that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Imaging recommendations today seem to be all about reducing imaging exposure and cost. The concern of radiation exposure is being dealt with by carefully examining low back pain patients for more specific findings, decreasing radiation dose and doing more MRI than CT. These efforts in turn decrease the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to no do imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Back And Neck Care Center 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 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 Severna Park back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Severna Park chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Back And Neck Care Center totally understands 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 extra layer of curiosity as it is “non-specific” and does not always have a glaring 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’s likely 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 problems. Today, medicine becomes more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for instance, treating physicians depend on imaging to determine its severity. Particularly, a group of researchers looked at the possibility of how imaging helped see the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and subsequent cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its good points. Your Severna Park back pain specialist at Back And Neck Care Center wants to be sure imaging is positively contributory to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ ultimate 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 describes how useful imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Severna Park chiropractic appointment at Back And Neck Care Center to understand your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see the cause or not because you certainly already believe you have pain. Back And Neck Care Center believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Back And Neck Care Center understands how “seeing [imaging – xray or MRI] is believing” works for back pain patients to see the cause of their pain.  
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