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May 26, 2015

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 Baton Rouge chiropractic physician who is rarely confused by back pain and its iterations. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers 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)

dermatomesA 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 Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers takes with every Baton Rouge back pain and neck pain patient who comes to the clinic. Your Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge chiropractor will ask you where your pain is during the examination.

So what solves the puzzle of back pain? The clinical examination.  You and Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers work together from examination to treatment plan execution for your customized Baton Rouge back pain relief.

Just know that your Baton Rouge chiropractor is well trained to determine if you need any additional imaging…and when. Contact Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers for your Baton Rouge chiropractic examination and treatment plan today.