The Novelli Wellness Center Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. The Novelli Wellness Center knows that Buffalo, NY back pain patients often want to see the cause of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Today, imaging doesn’t always satisfy a patient’s desire to see the cause 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 meeting a patient’s desire to see what’s going on. But Buffalo, NY back pain patients can believe that their Buffalo, NY 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 seem to be 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 decrease the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to no do imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. The Novelli Wellness Center 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 situations for Buffalo, NY back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Buffalo, NY chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and The Novelli Wellness Center 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 is “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’s likely 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 issues. Today, medicine is more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for instance, treating physicians depend on imaging to determine the severity of it. Specifically, a group of researchers looked at the possibility of how imaging helped see the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and resulting cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its positives. Your Buffalo, NY back pain specialist at The Novelli Wellness Center wants to be sure imaging is appropriate to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ final recovery and pain relief. We realize that “seeing is believing” and respect what imaging brings 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 describes how useful imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment at The Novelli Wellness Center to more fully comprehend your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see its source or not because you definitely already believe you have pain. The Novelli Wellness Center believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
The Novelli 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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