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The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR bets you have. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR understands that Colorado Springs back pain patients many times want to see the cause of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Today, imaging does not always meet a patient’s desire to see the cause if it’s 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 meeting a patient’s desire to see what’s going on. But Colorado Springs back pain patients can believe that their Colorado Springs 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 seem to be 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 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. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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 situations for Colorado Springs back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Colorado Springs chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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’s “non-specific” and doesn’t 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 is likely why patients and their healthcare providers want MRI and xrays.

MEDICINE AND SPINAL IMAGING

Interestingly, for years, medicine downplayed the idea of imaging for spine problems. Today, medicine is more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for example, treating physicians rely on imaging to determine the severity of it. Particularly, 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 good points. Your Colorado Springs back pain specialist at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR wants to be sure imaging is appropriate to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ ultimate 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 Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR to more fully comprehend your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see the cause or not because you definitely already believe you have pain. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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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