Vancouver Spine Care Centre Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Vancouver Spine Care Centre bets you have. Vancouver Spine Care Centre knows that Vancouver back pain patients often want to see the cause of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Today, imaging doesn’t always meet a patient’s desire to see the cause 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 Vancouver back pain patients can believe that their Vancouver chiropractor will thoroughly tell them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to ease 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 carefully examining 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. Vancouver Spine Care Centre 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 pass without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win situations for Vancouver back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Vancouver chiropractor typically.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Vancouver Spine Care Centre totally understands 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 extra layer of curiosity as it’s “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 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 problems. Today, medicine becomes more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for example, treating physicians rely on imaging to determine the severity of it. 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 good points. Your Vancouver back pain specialist at Vancouver Spine Care Centre wants to be sure imaging is positively contributory 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 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 useful imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment at Vancouver Spine Care Centre to more fully comprehend your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see its source or not because you certainly already believe you have pain. Vancouver Spine Care Centre believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Vancouver Spine Care Centre 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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