Aaron Chiropractic Clinic Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic understands that Fort Wayne back pain patients many times want to see the cause of their pain. (They already believe their pain!) Currently, imaging does not always meet a patient’s desire to see the cause if it is the result of an issue like chemical irritation when disc material leaks out to a nerve root, so imaging can only go so far in satisfying a patient’s desire to see what’s going on. But Fort Wayne back pain patients can believe that their Fort Wayne 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 carefully examining low back pain patients for more specific indications, 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. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic 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 a month goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win scenarios for Fort Wayne back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Fort Wayne chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Aaron Chiropractic Clinic totally understands 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 added layer of curiosity as it is “non-specific” and doesn’t always have an obvious reason 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 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 depend on imaging to ascertain the severity of it. Specifically, a group 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 Fort Wayne back pain specialist at Aaron Chiropractic Clinic wants to be sure imaging is appropriate to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ final recovery and pain relief. We realize 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment at Aaron Chiropractic Clinic to understand your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see its source or not because you certainly already believe you have pain. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic 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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