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  • AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    OK. Now I understand. You note “over past 6 mos I have been experiencing additional pain in shoulders, right arm, lower back and hips to the point I can’t perform my daily responsibilities”. You have X-rays but no MRI imaging.

    Yes, the cervical spine can refer pain into the scapular (thoracic) region (“Can my cervical issues cause the pain I am experiencing?”). A better history and physical examination can help to locate the pain generators and then MRI imaging can confirm the source of pain.

    In general, lower back and hip pain won’t occur from cervical disorders.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
    Avatarplval99
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    Thank you Dr. Corenman, my doctor ordered an MRI but my insurance has denied it. They did approve pain management though, so perhaps they can help me figure out the cause of my lower back and hip pain. Before all this, I was active and for 2 years had been assisting a family member to recover from a stroke and learn to walk again. I lifted him daily without injury and considered myself quite strong for my age. My back pain has changed all of that and my life has no resemblance to what it used to be. I still have my flexibility and I love to do the stretching exercises PT gave me as they keep my back from spasm, and I am hopeful pain management can assist me to get strong again so my muscles will support my back and ease the pain. I find it comforting that an MRI may reveal the source of my pain where an X-ray may not, I just wish it were easy for me to see and understand. I am willing to do the work if only I knew what to do to make it better. Anyway, I appreciate your time and for responding, thank you.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I it quite weird and unusual that an insurance company would approve pain management but disallow the MRI which is needed by pain management to understand what the disorder is about. I suspect that if the pain management doc orders the MRI, the ins. company will approve it.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
    Avatarplval99
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    I found it odd also. My insurance also denied referral to an orthopedist which was also odd. That one I appealed because I had met all the criteria necessary and they still denied me. They also made me see the Physical Therapist before they would let me have x-rays, and they stopped after three sessions and told me it was doing me more harm than good. They also recommended an MRI and x-rays. I have been fighting to get this far since July.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You’ve got a winner of an insurance company. Your pain doc would be able to demand an MRI.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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