Tag: mri

Is the opioid crisis the other white coat syndrome?

Is the opioid crisis the new white coat syndrome? White coat syndrome occurs when a patient has their blood pressure taken and it is temporarily high requiring an additional reading. The Opioid crisis has been created when big pharma manipulated the medical system into believing that managing pain is the same as understanding why someone hurts. Opioid addiction has unfortunately been caused by a misuse of a pain relieving product that was addictive by a profession that has a poor understanding of why people hurt. Stay away from people who wear white coats who use knives is a constant refrain Read More »

Your MRI may be the wrong medicine to determine treatment for sciatic pain.

Your MRI may be the wrong medicine to determine treatment for sciatic pain. For years, the MRI has been the determinant used to determine who is a candidate for more aggressive forms of treatment including surgery.  A new study published in Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. written by Abdelilah el Barzouhi, MD, PhD and colleagues is now suggesting that this test according to the data they collected is a poor test to determine who should consider aggressive surgery vs. more conservative proven methods such as chiropractic. Failed back surgery syndrome is when a surgery done to the lower back has failed Read More »

NPR wonders why we would shop for a couch but are willing to pay an outrageous price for a medical service.

NPR wonders why we would shop for a couch but are willing to pay an outrageous price for a medical service. Why is it we are willing to visit a few stores to get the best deal on a television or a couch, but when you want to purchase a health care service such as a blood test, or an MRI, most of us just go, and then wait to find out how much it would cost us when we got our insurance bill. Of course, some healthcare services such as rehab, your local therapist, or your chiropractor are not Read More »

Disc herniation, chiropractic and nerve root injections; which method offers best and safest relief for back pain suffers?

Disc herniation, chiropractic and nerve root injections; which method offers best and safest relief for back pain suffers? A recent study looked at the cost/benefit of the different procedures to treat disc herniation and the pain that results from it. While there was some disparaging news regarding nerve root injections due to a poorly manufactured medication, many patients are often suggest to take a nerve root injection over three sessions before having a more invasive discectomy or fusion. Safety Safety of course is an issue with any medical or procedure, and after a few people have had problems with the Read More »

Healthcare costs; where you are evaluated and treated first can make all the difference.

Healthcare costs; where you are evaluated and treated first can make all the difference. Did you know that where you are treated and by whom can make the difference between what your visit can cost you now and into the future. There is the often told tale of the person with hand numbness who had hand numbness into the fingers, and by their doctors suggestion, visits a neurologist, who runs a test such as an NCV which tests nerve conduction which if positive can lead to another specialist, and then another and then another? Often this path which has significant Read More »