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Manahawkin Chiropractic Center Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center understands that Manahawkin back pain patients often want to see the source of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Today, imaging does not 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 what’s going on. But Manahawkin back pain patients can believe that their Manahawkin 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 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 performing 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. Manahawkin 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 30 days during which time 50% improvement is sought. If 30 days goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win situations for Manahawkin back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Manahawkin chiropractor typically.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Manahawkin Chiropractic Center 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 extra 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 diagnose the back pain condition. They are not alone as some healthcare professionals do, too. (2) That is probably why patients and their healthcare providers want MRI and xrays.

MEDICINE AND SPINAL IMAGING

Interestingly, for years, medicine downplayed the idea of imaging for spine issues. Today, medicine becomes more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for example, treating physicians depend on imaging to determine 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 Manahawkin back pain specialist at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center wants to be sure imaging is positively contributory 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 describes how valuable imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

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

 
Manahawkin Chiropractic 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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