Amelia Chiropractic Clinic Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic knows that Fernandina Beach back pain patients many times wish to see the cause of their pain. (They already believe their pain!) Today, imaging doesn’t always meet a patient’s desire to see the source if it is due to 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 the cause. But Fernandina Beach back pain patients can believe that their Fernandina Beach chiropractor will thoroughly explain to 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 careful examination of 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. Amelia Chiropractic 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 30 days during which time 50% improvement is sought. If a month pass without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win situations for Fernandina Beach back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Fernandina Beach chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Amelia Chiropractic Clinic totally gets 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’s “non-specific” and does not always have an obvious cause 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 like 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 example, treating physicians rely on imaging to ascertain the severity of it. Particularly, a group of researchers considered the possibility that imaging helped see the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and subsequent cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its positives. Your Fernandina Beach back pain specialist at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic wants to be sure imaging is appropriate to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ ultimate 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 Fernandina Beach chiropractic appointment at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic to more fully comprehend your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see the cause or not because you certainly already believe you have pain. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Amelia Chiropractic 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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