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Spinal Care Clinic Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. Spinal Care Clinic understands that Burlington and Hamilton back pain patients many times wish to see the source of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Currently, imaging doesn’t always meet a patient’s desire to see the cause if it’s because of 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 Burlington and Hamilton back pain patients can believe that their Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor will thoroughly tell them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to alleviate 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, reducing radiation dose and performing more MRI than CT. These changes in turn reduce the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to hold off on imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Spinal Care Clinic 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 pass without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are positive situations for Burlington and Hamilton back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor typically.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Spinal Care Clinic totally understands this!) patients want to “see” their diagnosis. Words and descriptions and drawings are one thing, but 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 an obvious 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’s 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 problems. Today, medicine becomes 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 group 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 positives. Your Burlington and Hamilton back pain specialist at Spinal Care Clinic 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 describes how valuable imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment at Spinal Care Clinic 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. Spinal Care Clinic believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Spinal Care Clinic 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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