Evaluation and Diagnosis

Thorough Evaluations and Compassionate Care

When you come for your first appointment, we evaluate your symptoms, medical history and health status. To better understand your back or neck problem, the physician may gently move your joints and limbs. If your doctor requests special tests, we can often arrange those evaluations on-site.

Diagnostic Services

Specialized tests allow us to understand the complex factors affecting your pain and function. These tests give us critical information to develop a personalized care plan that addresses your pain at its source for lasting improvement.

Our diagnostic services include:

  • X-ray—Shows bones and the space between them. X-rays can detect possible fractured vertebrae or narrowing of disc space.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CAT scans) —MRIs and CAT scans provide images of soft tissues and nerves in the spine including discs and joints. These painless tests provide a medical photograph of your body, helping your physician determine the cause of your pain.
  • Pain-relieving injections—Injections can do more than just relieve pain—they can also provide important information about your health concern. The amount of immediate pain relief from the injections helps confirm or deny the joint as the source of your pain.
  • Myelograms—Used to determine if surgery is necessary, myelograms can reveal the amount of damage in the spine. If surgery is necessary, myelograms provide key information for a successful outcome.
  • Spondylolysis

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