Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation understands that Baton Rouge back pain patients many times want to see the source of their pain. (They already believe their pain!) Currently, imaging doesn’t always meet a patient’s desire to see the source if it is due to 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 the cause. But Baton Rouge back pain patients can believe that their Baton Rouge chiropractor will thoroughly explain to them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to ease that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Today’s imaging recommendations seem to be 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 decrease the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to hold off on imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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 30 days goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win scenarios for Baton Rouge back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Baton Rouge chiropractor typically.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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’s “non-specific” and does not always have an obvious reason 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 like MRI and xrays.

MEDICINE AND SPINAL IMAGING

Interestingly, for years, medicine downplayed the concept of imaging for spine issues. 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 set of researchers looked at the possibility of how imaging helped see the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and resulting cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its good points. Your Baton Rouge back pain specialist at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation wants to be sure imaging is positively contributory to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ ultimate recovery and pain relief. We realize that “seeing is believing” and respect what imaging brings 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 explains how valuable imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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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