As Dr. Greg Lehman mentions in his article (click on link below), we live in an amazing age where images can be produced showing us what is happening inside our bodies. This is a huge deal, but most of us take these technologies for granted. The first clinical MRI scan took place in 1980, but now having an MRI test has become a fairly routine procedure.
The broad availability of x-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI and other advanced diagnostics have revolutionized medicine. We have more diagnostic information available to us now than at any time in history. Information isn’t usually a bad thing, but is it possible to have too much of it?
I can’t count how many times a patient has come into my office with an MRI report in hand. They are completely stressed out about the seemingly terrible results. Do they always need to be so worried? Often they don’t.
As this article explains, these diagnostic findings often don’t have anything to do with the pain we are experiencing.
If you have any questions about your orthopedic test results, please give us a call. We would be happy to help you figure things out.