Cross Chiropractic Center Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. Cross Chiropractic Center knows that Sandy Springs back pain patients many times would like to see the source of their pain. (They already believe their pain!) Today, imaging does not always satisfy a patient’s desire to see the cause if it is 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 meeting a patient’s desire to see the cause. But Sandy Springs back pain patients can believe that their Sandy Springs chiropractor will thoroughly tell them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to alleviate that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Imaging recommendations today seem to be 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 changes in turn decrease the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to hold off on imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Cross Chiropractic Center 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 30 days goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are positive situations for Sandy Springs back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Sandy Springs chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Cross Chiropractic 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 is “non-specific” and doesn’t always have an obvious cause 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’s likely 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 example, treating physicians rely on imaging to ascertain its severity. Particularly, a set of researchers looked at the possibility of how imaging helped visualize the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and resulting cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its positives. Your Sandy Springs back pain specialist at Cross Chiropractic Center wants to be sure imaging is appropriate 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 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 valuable imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment at Cross Chiropractic Center 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. Cross Chiropractic Center believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Cross Chiropractic 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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