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Soft Health and Healing Clinic Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Soft Health and Healing Clinic bets you have. Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows that Brooks back pain patients many times would like to see the cause of their pain. (They already believe their pain!) Today, imaging does not always fulfill a patient’s desire to see the source if it’s due to an issue like chemical irritation when disc material is on a nerve root, so imaging can only go so far in meeting a patient’s desire to see what’s going on. But Brooks back pain patients can believe that their Brooks 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 are all about reducing 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, reducing radiation dose and doing more MRI than CT. These efforts in turn reduce the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to hold off on imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Soft Health and Healing 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 a month during which time 50% improvement is sought. If a month pass without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win scenarios for Brooks back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Brooks chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Soft Health and Healing Clinic 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 added layer of curiosity as it is “non-specific” and doesn’t always have a glaring 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 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 becomes more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for example, treating physicians depend 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 resulting cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its positives. Your Brooks back pain specialist at Soft Health and Healing Clinic wants to be sure imaging is positively contributory to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ final recovery and pain relief. We realize 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 Brooks chiropractic appointment at Soft Health and Healing Clinic to more fully comprehend your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see its source or not because you definitely already believe you have pain. Soft Health and Healing Clinic believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Soft Health and Healing 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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