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Spengel Chiropractic Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. Spengel Chiropractic knows that McHenry back pain patients often wish to see the cause of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Currently, imaging doesn’t 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 meeting a patient’s desire to see what’s going on. But McHenry back pain patients can believe that their McHenry chiropractor will thoroughly explain to them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to alleviate 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 indications, reducing radiation dose and doing more MRI than CT. These changes in turn decrease the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to hold off on imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Spengel Chiropractic 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 pass without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are positive scenarios for McHenry back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your McHenry chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Spengel Chiropractic 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 additional layer of curiosity as it’s “non-specific” and does not 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 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 instance, treating physicians rely on imaging to determine 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 good points. Your McHenry back pain specialist at Spengel Chiropractic 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 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 McHenry chiropractic appointment at Spengel Chiropractic to understand your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see the cause or not because you definitely already believe you have pain. Spengel Chiropractic believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Spengel Chiropractic 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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