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Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” Ever heard that saying before? Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre bets you have. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre knows that Toronto back pain patients many times wish to see the source of their pain. (They already believe their pain!) Currently, 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 what’s going on. But Toronto back pain patients can believe that their Toronto 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 seem to be 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 doing more MRI than CT. These efforts in turn decrease the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to no do imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre 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 30 days pass without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are positive scenarios for Toronto back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Toronto chiropractor typically.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre totally gets this!) patients want to “see” their diagnosis. Words and descriptions and drawings are one thing, but 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 an obvious reason 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’s probably why patients and their healthcare providers like MRI and xrays.

MEDICINE AND SPINAL IMAGING

Interestingly, for years, medicine downplayed the idea of imaging for spine issues. Today, medicine becomes more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for example, treating physicians rely on imaging to determine the severity of it. 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 positives. Your Toronto back pain specialist at Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre wants to be sure imaging is positively contributory 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 needed.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Dan Clark on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains how useful imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Toronto chiropractic appointment at Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre to more fully comprehend your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see the cause or not because you definitely already believe you have pain. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre 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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