In clinic, we get a lot of questions about pain because it is the main reason people walk through the door. Today I am going to go through a brief review about pain and imaging. Imaging refers to radiographs (x-rays), MRI, and CT scans. These are typically used to help a medical provider determine what is causing the pain and the best intervention to resolve the problem.
What do we know?
Here are a couple things to consider:
Imaging is a critical tool that we use in specific situations, but it is rarely the first tool we use in diagnosis.
When we refer for imaging, we use these guidelines: