MRI and Back Pain

The current recommendations for back pain are to undergo one month of conservative care including Chiropractic, therapy and exercise before seeking further imagine via MRI. MRI is especially valuable in imaging the disc and can rule out such conditions as tumor or infection of the spine. Chiropractors are able to refer patients directly to have an MRI.
Other types of imagine include x ray which is less able to provide information about non bony structures such as the disc.
CT scans of the back are usually done if a fracture is suspected or in the condition of stenosis. Stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces in the lumbar spine which allow the nerves to exit the spinal canal. CT does have the disadvantage of higher radiation exposure than MRI.
Thermography or thermal imagine of the back is used by some Chiropractors. The practice is controversial due to the lack of specificity of the results.
Nerve conduction velocity tests are sometimes used in cases of pain or numbness in the legs. NCV is primarily used to differentiate between peripheral entrapment neuropathies (nerves entrapped other places than the spine) and radiculopathies (nerves entrapped at the spine).
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of Chiropractic practice experience. Etter Chiropractic serves Olathe, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is care of lower back pain, sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain, whiplash and sports injuries.

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