Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center knows that Paramus back pain patients often wish to see the cause of their pain. (They already believe their pain!) Currently, imaging does not always fulfill 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 what’s going on. But Paramus back pain patients can believe that their Paramus chiropractor will thoroughly explain to them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to ease that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Today’s imaging recommendations seem to be all about decreasing 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 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. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation 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 a month goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are positive situations for Paramus back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Paramus chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center 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’s “non-specific” and doesn’t always have an obvious reason 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 concept of imaging for spine problems. Today, medicine becomes more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for instance, treating physicians rely on imaging to determine the severity of it. Specifically, 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 Paramus back pain specialist at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center wants to be sure imaging is positively contributory to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ final recovery and pain relief. We realize 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 Paramus chiropractic appointment at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation 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. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation 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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