Back pain can be confusing. Patients hurt and don’t know why. Tests show findings that don’t match the symptoms. Back pain is baffling, but not usually for your Southern New Hampshire chiropractic physician who is rarely confused by back pain and its iterations. New Hampshire Spine and Sport is well equipped to examine, diagnose and treat your back pain for relief.
So how can back pain be puzzling? MRIs and images may be misleading.
MRIs of astronauts may look well hydrated. Yet, the astronaut has pain due to swelling of the disc. (1) That just goes to show that the back pain specialist must do the clinical examination and know the patient well to correlate the symptoms to the image!
MRIs of average back pain sufferers may show a disc herniation on one side while the clinical pain symptoms are on the other side! The left leg may be painful, but the MRI shows the disc bulge on the right. As a matter of fact 11.2% of MRIs don’t agree with clinical findings. (2)
A study of patients visiting an emergency room for pain even tells emergency room physicians to order no diagnostic tests in patients without “red flags” (indicators of more serious conditions). In those patients, a “focused history and examination in conjunction with diagnostic laboratory tests and imaging” are appropriate. Such a process would ferret out if there is a herniated disc or spinal infection or other such issue. (3) That’s the approach New Hampshire Spine and Sport takes with every Southern New Hampshire back pain and neck pain patient who comes to the clinic. Your Southern New Hampshire chiropractic physician does all the clinical tests to figure out what the real source of pain is and only orders tests if truly needed.
76% of MRI images of people without any pain show disc herniations. (4)
Diagnosing the level of a disc herniation is most accurately found by where the pain travels. The pain path is called a dermatome. (5) So your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor will ask you where your pain is during the examination.
So what solves the puzzle of back pain? The clinical examination. You and New Hampshire Spine and Sport work together from examination to treatment plan execution for your customized Southern New Hampshire back pain relief.
Just know that your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor is well trained to determine if you need any additional imaging…and when. Contact New Hampshire Spine and Sport for your Southern New Hampshire chiropractic examination and treatment plan today.