Buffalo, NY Back Pain, Spine Issues, and Hip Pain: Simple Tests & 3D Imaging

Back pain and hip pain and spine issues all come together at once for many chiropractic patients, bringing them into The Novelli Wellness Center. We’re ready to help! Growing older presents some unique challenges for back, hip, and spine pain patients but also some unique benefits today due to new approaches to maintaining stability and coping with and reducing pain. Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor keeps on top of these novel approaches and is prepared to help you!

SIMPLE TESTS FOR OLDER ADULTS AND THEIR SPINES

Older folks know that with age comes ‘wisdom’…and its own set of unique oddities. Different aches and pains arise one morning or mid-afternoon or evening, demanding attention. For those Buffalo, NY back pain sufferers who are a little older, hip range of motion and strength may predict how 12 months down the road a chronic low back pain patient may be functioning. Researchers tested this out! Reduced hip strength and range of motion forecast a decline in function a year later. Hip osteoarthritis did not affect these outcomes. (1) Your chiropractor will perform a thorough examination and has some easy-to-do tests of hip strength and range of motion – gait speed, 6-minute walk test, subjective questionnaires, even imaging as necessary - to exclude as a diagnosis osteoarthritis.

3D IMAGING BENEFITS

Imaging has come far! Today, MRI images of the spine in 3D are now clinically possible. Their benefit is higher spatial resolution, reformation in any plane so the MRI process is faster, and interpretation is more precise. Pretty cool! Another advantage, especially for back pain sufferers who have had previous back surgery with metal implants, etc., and now have pain again is that 3D imaging permits viewing around the metal. (2) Such views can help doctors see problems at adjacent spine levels.

A SPECIFIC SPINE ISSUE: PISA SYNDROME

Pain issues in one area of the spine can surely affect other areas and even trigger more pain. A postural disorder some older back pain sufferers may experience is called Pisa Syndrome which is characterized by lateral flexion of the spine greater than 10 degrees which sets them up to falls, a lower quality of life, and increased risk of mortality in neurological diseases. Postural stability exercises are essential for such patients, important enough that they should do these always to decrease fall risk. (3) The Novelli Wellness Center is all about stability!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Gary Stefanick on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to ease back pain after back surgery. Back pain specialists like your Buffalo, NY chiropractor are equipped to examine, diagnose, and treat post-surgical continued pain.

Set up your Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment soon. Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients find camaraderie with each other when back pain, hip pain, and spine stability are involved as well as help from their chiropractic care. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Novelli Wellness Center examines back pain patients for a variety of issues like back pain and hip pain and other spine issues with imaging and clinical tests that influence a relieving chiropractic treatment plan. 
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