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Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

March 25, 2020

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc bets you have. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc knows that Fort Wayne back pain patients often want to see the source of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Today, imaging doesn’t always satisfy a patient’s desire to see the source if it is because 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 Fort Wayne back pain patients can believe that their Fort Wayne chiropractor will thoroughly explain to them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to alleviate that pain.


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 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. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are positive situations for Fort Wayne back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Fort Wayne chiropractor most of the time.


Other times (and Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc totally understands this!) patients want to “see” their diagnosis. Words and descriptions and drawings are one thing, but imaging is much more personal. When it comes to non-specific back pain, there is an extra layer of curiosity as it is “non-specific” and doesn’t always have an obvious 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 is probably why patients and their healthcare providers like MRI and xrays.


Interestingly, for years, medicine downplayed the concept of imaging for spine issues. Today, medicine is more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for instance, treating physicians depend on imaging to ascertain its severity. Specifically, a group of researchers considered the possibility that imaging helped visualize the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and subsequent cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its positives. Your Fort Wayne back pain specialist at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc wants to be sure imaging is positively contributory to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ ultimate 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc to more fully comprehend your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see the cause or not because you certainly already believe you have pain. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc believes in its relief. You can, too.

Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc understands how “seeing [imaging – xray or MRI] is believing” works for back pain patients to see the cause of their pain.