he best treatment for musculoskeletal pain sports injuries begins with an accurate diagnosis of the root cause of your problem.
Here are the diagnostic steps we use:
A thorough history-taking is essential for determining the cause of your symptoms.
In the case of severe injuries or more chronic conditions, it also helps your doctor understand the impact the condition has on your life, work, activity level, mood, and relationships.
Our clinic asks that you complete new patient paperwork prior to the first appointment, so that completing the forms does not take away from your time with the doctor. At subsequent visits, an abbreviated form is required so that your doctor can ascertain if your condition has changed and what treatments have been completed or are ongoing.
It is important to list any other medical changes since your last visit, even if the condition is seemingly unrelated. Thoroughly completing this paperwork will help you optimize your time with the doctor, allowing for more opportunity to discuss the diagnosis and treatment options, and ensuring there is time to answer all of your questions.
A thorough and complete physical examination is essential to determining the cause of your symptoms.
It can unveil seemingly unrelated conditions that either cause or exacerbate the primary symptom.
Only a thorough history and physical examination are able to determine what abnormalities on an MRI are causing symptoms.
Just like ordinary light, x-rays are electromagnetic radiation that travels at the speed of light. The amount of energy in x-rays is much greater than light, however, which allows it to penetrate deep into the body.
Tissues of varying density will allow more or less x-ray energy to pass through them. It is helpful to evaluate the structure of bones and joints, and assess for conditions such as fractures, arthritis, joint instability, and soft tissue calcification.
Be sure to tell your doctor before the procedure if you are pregnant or believe you could be pregnant, as x-rays are unsafe for the fetus.
X-ray examinations for most adults are generally safe, but they should not be indiscriminately performed without carefully considered its utility and intended benefit. Consult the following resource regarding radiation exposure.
Advanced imaging, such as MRI, is highly sensitive at identifying abnormalities. Some abnormal findings, however, are normal age-related “wear-and-tear” that do not cause any symptoms, and are unrelated to your complaint.