Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient03/25/2020“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC bets you have. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC understands that Fort Wayne back pain patients often wish to see the cause of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Today, imaging doesn’t always fulfill a patient’s desire to see the source 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 satisfying a patient’s desire to see the cause. But Fort Wayne back pain patients can believe that their Fort Wayne chiropractor will thoroughly tell them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to ease that pain. THE GOOD OF IMAGING Today’s imaging recommendations 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, reducing radiation dose and performing more MRI than CT. These changes in turn decrease the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to no do 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 a month during which time 50% improvement is sought. If 30 days goes by without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are positive scenarios for Fort Wayne back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Fort Wayne chiropractor typically. BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE” Other times (and Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC totally gets 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 added layer of curiosity as it’s “non-specific” and doesn’t always have an obvious cause 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 issues. Today, medicine becomes more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for instance, treating physicians rely on imaging to ascertain its severity. Particularly, 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 positives. Your Fort Wayne back pain specialist at Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC wants to be sure imaging is appropriate 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 necessary. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment at Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC 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. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC believes in its relief. You can, too. « View All Featured Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page."