Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic understands that Eugene back pain patients often would like 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 is 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 Eugene back pain patients can believe that their Eugene chiropractor will thoroughly explain to 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 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 indications, decreasing radiation dose and performing 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. Rethwill Chiropractic 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 goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win scenarios for Eugene back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Eugene chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic totally gets this!) patients want to “see” their diagnosis. Words and descriptions and drawings are one thing while imaging is a lot 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’s 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 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 set of researchers considered the possibility that imaging helped visualize the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and subsequent cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its good points. Your Eugene back pain specialist at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic wants to be sure imaging is appropriate to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ ultimate recovery and pain relief. We know 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 describes how useful imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Eugene chiropractic appointment at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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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