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Chiropractic Solutions Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Chiropractic Solutions bets you have. Chiropractic Solutions understands that San Jose back pain patients many times would like to see the source of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Today, imaging does not always satisfy a patient’s desire to see the source if it is the result of 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 San Jose back pain patients can believe that their San Jose chiropractor will thoroughly tell them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to alleviate that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Today’s imaging recommendations are 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 findings, decreasing radiation dose and doing more MRI than CT. These efforts in turn reduce the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to no do imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Chiropractic Solutions 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 30 days during which time 50% improvement is sought. If a month goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are positive scenarios for San Jose back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your San Jose chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Chiropractic Solutions 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 added layer of curiosity as it’s “non-specific” and does not always have a glaring reason for the pain. The public and patients believe imaging helps diagnose the back pain condition. They are not alone as some healthcare professionals do, too. (2) That is probably why patients and their healthcare providers like MRI and xrays.

MEDICINE AND SPINAL IMAGING

Interestingly, for years, medicine downplayed the idea of imaging for spine issues. Today, medicine is more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for instance, treating physicians rely on imaging to determine its severity. 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 good points. Your San Jose back pain specialist at Chiropractic Solutions 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 useful imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your San Jose chiropractic appointment at Chiropractic Solutions 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. Chiropractic Solutions believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Chiropractic Solutions 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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