When to get an MRI? My name is Dr. Greg Beasley and I have been a chiropractor for 19 years. Most of my practice involves neck pain, upper back pain and low back pain along with shoulder pain. A few times a week I will refer someone in for an MRI of the region of pain. I will be asked "why do I need an MRI," often.
Here are some reasons:
- X-rays only show bone and an MRI shows muscles, disc, blood vessels, nerves, tendons and ligaments to name a few.
- If I know you have a herniated disc and want to see how large it may be and if it is pushing on a nerve an MRI is best way to see this.
- If there is a suspected fracture an MRI can pick this up. CT scans also see fractures and if there are no other concerns a CT scan is great for this.
- If there is a chance of a pathology like cancer in the bone or a soft tissue tumor an MRI will be a great way to visualize this.
- If you are not progressing and there is not a good reason that you are not progressing and MRI can give us more information.
- If I am going to send you to an orthopedic surgeon or a physiatrist they will, most times, require an MRI of the area.
This is just a small list of why a Chiropractor would use an MRI. In my practice I see whiplash victims, patients with headaches, people with disc herniation and sciatica daily. Each of these type of patients may benefit from an MRI if any of the above is suspected.
If you are curious about your back or neck pain, give Advanced Chiropractic a call and I will be happy to discuss your back and neck issues.