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Vancouver Disc Centers Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Vancouver Disc Centers bets you have. Vancouver Disc Centers understands that Vancouver back pain patients often wish to see the cause of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Currently, imaging does not always meet 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 satisfying 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 alleviate that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Today’s imaging recommendations 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 changes in turn reduce the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to hold off on imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Vancouver Disc Centers 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 pass without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win scenarios for Vancouver back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Vancouver chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Vancouver Disc Centers 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’s “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 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 problems. Today, medicine is more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for example, treating physicians depend on imaging to determine the severity of it. Specifically, a group of researchers considered the possibility that 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 Disc Centers 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 brings 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 useful imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment at Vancouver Disc Centers 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. Vancouver Disc Centers believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Vancouver Disc Centers 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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