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Watertown Wellness Center Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Watertown Wellness Center bets you have. Watertown Wellness Center understands that Watertown back pain patients often want to see the source of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Currently, imaging doesn’t always meet a patient’s desire to see the cause if it is 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 what’s going on. But Watertown back pain patients can believe that their Watertown 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 careful examination of 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. Watertown Wellness Center 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 scenarios for Watertown back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Watertown chiropractor typically.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Watertown Wellness Center totally understands this!) patients want to “see” their diagnosis. Words and descriptions and drawings are one thing while imaging is a lot 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 a glaring 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 likely 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 problems. Today, medicine becomes more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for example, treating physicians depend 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 Watertown back pain specialist at Watertown Wellness Center wants to be sure imaging is positively contributory 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 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 Watertown chiropractic appointment at Watertown Wellness Center 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. Watertown Wellness Center believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Watertown Wellness Center 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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