Pflugerville Wellness Center Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Pflugerville Wellness Center bets you have. Pflugerville Wellness Center knows that Pflugerville back pain patients many times want to see the source of their pain. (They already believe their pain!) Currently, imaging doesn’t always fulfill a patient’s desire to see the source if it’s because of 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 what’s going on. But Pflugerville back pain patients can believe that their Pflugerville chiropractor will thoroughly explain to them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to alleviate that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Imaging recommendations today are all about reducing imaging exposure and cost. The concern of radiation exposure is being dealt with by carefully examining low back pain patients for more specific indications, decreasing radiation dose and doing more MRI than CT. These changes in turn reduce the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to hold off on imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Pflugerville Wellness 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 a month goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are positive situations for Pflugerville back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Pflugerville chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Pflugerville Wellness Center totally understands 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 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 probably 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 problems. Today, medicine is more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for instance, treating physicians depend on imaging to determine the severity of it. Specifically, a group of researchers looked at the possibility of how imaging helped visualize the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and subsequent cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its good points. Your Pflugerville back pain specialist at Pflugerville Wellness 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 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 Pflugerville chiropractic appointment at Pflugerville Wellness Center to understand your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see its source or not because you definitely already believe you have pain. Pflugerville Wellness Center believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Pflugerville Wellness Center 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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