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

Back pain and hip pain and spine issues merge for many chiropractic patients, bringing them into Minster Chiropractic Center. We are here to help! Getting older presents some unique challenges for back, hip, and spine pain sufferers but also some unique positive effects today thanks to novel approaches to keeping stability and dealing with and easing pain. Your Minster chiropractor keeps on top of these new approaches and is ready to help you!

SIMPLE TESTS FOR OLDER ADULTS AND THEIR SPINES

Older folks understand that with age comes ‘wisdom’…and its own set of unique oddities. Different aches and pains rear their heads one morning or mid-afternoon or evening, requiring attention. For those Minster back pain sufferers who are a bit older, hip range of motion and strength may predict how 12 months later a chronic low back pain patient may be functioning. Researchers tested this out! Reduced hip strength and range of motion forecast a deterioration in function a year later. Hip osteoarthritis did not affect these outcomes. (1) Your chiropractor will perform a thorough examination and knows 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 rule out osteoarthritis.

3D IMAGING BENEFITS

Imaging has come a long way! Today, 3D MRI images of the spine are now clinically possible. Their advantage is higher spatial resolution, reformation in any plane so the MRI process is faster, and interpretation is more accurate. Pretty cool! Another advantage, especially for back pain sufferers who have undergone back surgery already with metal implants, etc., and now have continued pain is that 3D imaging makes available seeing around the metal. (2) Such views can assist doctors in seeing issues at adjacent spine levels.

A SPECIFIC SPINE ISSUE: PISA SYNDROME

Pain issues in one area of the spine can certainly impact other areas and even prompt 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 predisposes such folks to falls, a lower quality of life, and increased risk of mortality in neurological diseases. Postural stability exercises are essential for such patients, essential enough that they should do these always to reduce fall risk. (3) Minster Chiropractic 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 discusses his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to ease back pain after back surgery. Back pain specialists like your Minster chiropractor are equipped to examine, diagnose, and manage post-surgical continued pain.

Set up your Minster chiropractic appointment today. Minster chiropractic patients find camaraderie with each other when back pain, hip pain, and spine stability are involved as well as relief from their chiropractic care. See you soon!

Minster Chiropractic 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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