Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center bets you have. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center understands that Pensacola back pain patients many times wish to see the cause of their pain. (They already believe their pain!) 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 satisfying a patient’s desire to see what’s going on. But Pensacola back pain patients can believe that their Pensacola chiropractor will thoroughly explain to them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to ease that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Imaging recommendations today 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 findings, decreasing radiation dose and doing more MRI than CT. These changes in turn reduce the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to no do imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center 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 Pensacola back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Pensacola chiropractor typically.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center totally understands this!) patients want to “see” their diagnosis. Words and descriptions and drawings are one thing while imaging is much more personal. When it comes to non-specific back pain, there is an additional layer of curiosity as it is “non-specific” and doesn’t 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 want MRI and xrays.

MEDICINE AND SPINAL IMAGING

Interestingly, for years, medicine downplayed the idea 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 its severity. Specifically, a set 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 Pensacola back pain specialist at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center wants to be sure imaging is appropriate to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ final recovery and pain relief. We know that “seeing is believing” and respect what imaging contributes to the treatment plan when needed.

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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 Pensacola chiropractic appointment at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center 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. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center 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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