Pain in the hip, knee, and lower back can seem to appear out of nowhere. Sometimes, the pain can begin gradually and slowly progress. Some symptoms may remain constant whereas others may occur only at certain times or may begin to get worse as time goes on. When the pain becomes too much or the injury becomes debilitating, a trip to the doctor or physical therapist may be what you need.
What Do They Show?
An MRI can provide your doctor with information about your injury but what some may not be aware of is that an MRI alone cannot detect everything that may be wrong and be able to provide an accurate treatment plan solely based off the MRI.
An MRI can detect if there is a broken bone, a tumor, a tear or the condition of the tissues in the body and with that provide the doctor with an idea of the problem. The MRI helps to rule out serious injury or detect problems and alert the doctor that something needs attention.
Although the diagnostic testing can provide helpful information, it does not provide a solution to the problem but rather supplies the doctors with all facts.
For those conditions that seem to arise out of nowhere, diagnosing solely off an MRI may prove to be difficult.
The Clinical Consult
When your orthopedic injury requires physical therapy, your physical therapist will not only look at your scans from diagnostic testing but perform a clinical exam before beginning any therapy routine. In this consult, the therapist will evaluate your range of motion, strength, posture as well as your level of mobility.
During this exam, the therapist can take notes on areas in which they have concerns and in some cases suggest further testing in certain areas. When advanced testing is needed or recommended, it is often to help find the root of the cause of the injury as well as to determine if other avenues such as surgery are needed.
Following the exam, the evaluation of scans and conversations between yourself and the therapist, the physical therapist will have the best scenario in mind in regards to a treatment plan for your condition.
Is Testing Required?
Bottom line, if you find yourself dealing with some type of pain and it has occurred for no reason and is somehow affecting your level of mobility, scans like MRI’s and X-rays are not prerequisites for working with our physical therapy team.
However, if the condition somehow worsens over the course of 4-6 weeks, consulting with your doctor or physical therapist about furthering testing may not be a bad idea as to rule out serious conditions.
Our Atlanta imaging center is fully equipped with the most state of the art equipment, to suit all your needs in the event that an injury occurs. Our team of orthopedics and physical therapists work hand in hand to provide you with the best care and treatment plans to get you on the road to recovery as quickly and safely as possible. Contact us today at (404) 855-2141.