Tests – what are they good for?
In the realm of back pain tests, of
MRIs that question must be questioned. What are MRIs good
for when the proportion
of helpful, influential MRI studies is so small?
False positive MRI results trouble those who receive
such results. They inspire fear or caution where it
is not always needed. MRIs like this confuse the
proper treatment plan. They spend a lot of money.
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic carefully weighs the need for
MRI in the Fernandina Beach chiropractic treatment plan of Fernandina Beach
back pain relief.
MRI interpretations by
radiologists often vary.
The true-positive finding rate was 56.4%, and the miss-rate was 43.6%. (1)
MRI imaging may cause false suspicion. When
following the guidelines of the American College of Radiology, 93% of lumbar
spine MRIs were appropriate. Of those, only 13% found
anything that needed to be addressed. Of the 36 MRIs that caused
suspicion of cancer or infection, 81% were false-positive. 59% of the follow-up
MRIs on those suspicious findings were false positives. (2) MRI imaging may misinform.
For example, MRI demonstrates that the appearance of
disc degeneration in asymptomatic persons – persons with no back pain – grows
with age: 37% in 20 year olds and 96% in
80 year olds; disc bulges: 30% to 84%; disc protrusion: 29% to 43%; annular
fissures 19% to 29%. These imaging findings imply that
these are signs of normal aging. They remind all doctors, remind chiropractors
like yours at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic, to correlate all such
findings with patient symptoms. (1,3) Your Fernandina Beach
chiropractor does this!
Choosing Wisely guidelines for American chiropractors recommend
not repeating spinal imaging and not getting spinal imaging for
patients with acute low back pain in the first 6 weeks of back pain (except when “red flags” are present– issues that indicate
something more worrisome). (4) A review of the success
of the Canadian Choosing Wisely recommendations for imaging nonspecific spinal
pain and symptoms stated that there is very low risk of missing
a serious cause of back pain. (5) The purpose
of guidelines is less imaging, fewer false positives. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic wants what’s
best for our Fernandina Beach chiropractic care patients.
COX® TECHNIC’S VIEW
Chiropractors like yours at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic review
all the symptoms, tests and images our Fernandina Beach chiropractic back
pain patients [[present on|bring with them39] their first Fernandina Beach
chiropractic visit. So many back pain patients present to
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic with MRI images already with them.
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic will look at them but will depend more
on clinical exam findings and link them to what the MRI shows.
A rule of thumb with the Cox Technic System of Back Pain Relief is to work
toward 50% decrease of back pain in the first month
of care before arranging additional imaging or
testing or arranging surgical consultation. (6)
CONTACT Amelia Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Dan Clark on the Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains
the role of imaging for back pain in the scheme of treatment
for pain relief.
Schedule your Fernandina Beach chiropractic appointment
with Amelia Chiropractic Clinic today. Let us explore together
the best path to Fernandina Beach back pain relief – with or without MRI
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