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Tarrytown Chiropractic Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. Tarrytown Chiropractic knows that Tarrytown back pain patients many times wish to see the cause 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 because 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 the cause. But Tarrytown back pain patients can believe that their Tarrytown 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 decreasing 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 doing more MRI than CT. These efforts in turn reduce the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to hold off on imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Tarrytown Chiropractic 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 pass without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win situations for Tarrytown back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Tarrytown chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Tarrytown Chiropractic totally understands this!) patients want to “see” their diagnosis. Words and descriptions and drawings are one thing, but imaging is a lot more personal. When it comes to non-specific back pain, there is an additional layer of curiosity as it is “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’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 becomes more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for example, treating physicians rely on imaging to ascertain its severity. Specifically, a group of researchers considered the possibility that imaging helped see the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and subsequent cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its positives. Your Tarrytown back pain specialist at Tarrytown Chiropractic 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 explains how valuable imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Tarrytown chiropractic appointment at Tarrytown Chiropractic to understand your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see its source or not because you certainly already believe you have pain. Tarrytown Chiropractic believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Tarrytown Chiropractic 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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