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Malverne Health & Wellness Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Malverne Health & Wellness bets you have. Malverne Health & Wellness knows that Malverne back pain patients many times want to see the source of their pain. (They already believe their pain!) Today, imaging doesn’t always fulfill a patient’s desire to see the cause if it’s the result 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 Malverne back pain patients can believe that their Malverne 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 are 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, decreasing radiation dose and doing more MRI than CT. These changes in turn reduce the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to hold off on imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Malverne Health & Wellness 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 a month pass without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win situations for Malverne back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Malverne chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Malverne Health & Wellness 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 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 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 instance, treating physicians depend on imaging to determine its severity. Particularly, a group 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 positives. Your Malverne back pain specialist at Malverne Health & Wellness 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 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 explains how useful imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

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

 
Malverne Health & Wellness 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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