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Imaging tests: Right use of imaging for back pain

Low back pain is a common problem for Americans. In many cases, the pain will go away or decrease within four to six weeks no matter what kind of treatment you get. Most causes of back pain cannot be seen on imaging. Strains of muscles and ligaments are "invisible" on imaging tests like X-ray, CT-scans, or MRIs. Because of this, it is generally recommended that patients with a new complaint of low back pain not get these types of tests unless your physician identifies certain "red flag warnings" in your history or during your exam.

This measure shows the percent of patients in each practice who did NOT receive an X-ray or any imaging test within 28 days of seeing their doctor for back pain. A higher number is better.

If your doctor's office is not listed it means there was not enough information available to report this measure.

Why it is important:
Patients often receive expensive and unnecessary "imaging" tests (X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans) or even surgery that they do not need.

What you and your doctor should do:
Good health requires a partnership. Your doctor cannot do it alone. You and your doctor should discuss the benefits and risks of different approaches to treating low back pain.

Get tips on talking to your doctor and asking the right questions

Greater Kansas City Area Average: 59.6%

National Average: 74%



Information for the 2008 report was provided by six commercial health plans which also included two managed Medicaid health plans. Information for the 2009 and 2010 reports were provided by five commercial health plans and did not include any Medicaid information. The 2011 and 2012 report reflect information provided by four commercial health plans and also did not include any Medicaid information.


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Practice Name
#
Score
ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CARE ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CARE 86 44.2%
0.442
BLUE SPRINGS FAMILY CARE CENTER BLUE SPRINGS FAMILY CARE CENTER 110 56.4%
0.564
BRIARCLIFF MEDICAL ASSOCIATES BRIARCLIFF MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 69 49.3%
0.493
CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC 113 45.1%
0.451
COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE 371 62%
0.62
CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE 87 69%
0.69
ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP 242 52.1%
0.521
FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES 46 63%
0.63
GARDNER FAMILY CARE GARDNER FAMILY CARE 45 75.6%
0.756
GASHLAND CLINIC GASHLAND CLINIC 154 64.9%
0.649
GOPPERT-TRINITY FAMILY CARE GOPPERT-TRINITY FAMILY CARE 45 62.2%
0.622
KANSAS CITY FAMILY MEDICAL KANSAS CITY FAMILY MEDICAL 40 60%
0.6
LEAWOOD FAMILY CARE LEAWOOD FAMILY CARE 65 60%
0.6
LEE'S SUMMIT CLINIC LEE'S SUMMIT CLINIC 56 60.7%
0.607
LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP 45 68.9%
0.689
LIBERTY FAMILY PHYSICIANS LIBERTY FAMILY PHYSICIANS 40 50%
0.5
MERITAS HEALTH PARK PLAZA MERITAS HEALTH PARK PLAZA 33 66.7%
0.667
MISSION FAMILY HEALTH CARE MISSION FAMILY HEALTH CARE 36 75%
0.75
NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE 44 72.7%
0.727
OLATHE FAMILY PHYSICIANS OLATHE FAMILY PHYSICIANS 34 73.5%
0.735
REGINALD HALL MD REGINALD HALL MD 35 51.4%
0.514
SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP 224 54.5%
0.545
ST. LUKE'S INTERNAL MEDICINE ST. LUKE'S INTERNAL MEDICINE 41 34.1%
0.341
ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL LEE'S SUMMIT ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL LEE'S SUMMIT 45 57.8%
0.578
ST. LUKE'S PRIMARY CARE SOUTH ST. LUKE'S PRIMARY CARE SOUTH 52 59.6%
0.596
SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP 35 77.1%
0.771
THE LIBERTY CLINIC THE LIBERTY CLINIC 181 70.2%
0.702
TOWN CENTER MEDICAL GROUP TOWN CENTER MEDICAL GROUP 36 72.2%
0.722