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Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. bets you have. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. knows that Auburn back pain patients many times would like to see the cause of their pain. (They already believe their pain!) Today, imaging does not always satisfy a patient’s desire to see the cause if it is due to an issue like chemical irritation when disc material is on a nerve root, so imaging can only go so far in satisfying a patient’s desire to see what’s going on. But Auburn back pain patients can believe that their Auburn chiropractor will thoroughly explain to 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 careful examination of low back pain patients for more specific indications, reducing radiation dose and doing more MRI than CT. These efforts in turn decrease the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to hold off on imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. has followed the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management which recommends 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 positive scenarios for Auburn back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Auburn chiropractor typically.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. totally gets 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 added 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 like 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 example, treating physicians rely on imaging to determine the severity of it. 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 Auburn back pain specialist at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. wants to be sure imaging is appropriate to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ ultimate recovery and pain relief. We know that “seeing is believing” and respect what imaging contributes 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 Auburn chiropractic appointment at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. 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. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. 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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