Why order an MRI immediately?
The other day I was asked to give my reasoning for ordering an MRI within the first 3 days. OK, why order or take an X-ray, we do an exam, why do any orthopedic tests. Before I go off too much, here was my response, and by the way, if you want more reasoning, just let me know.
Dear Sir or Madam,
When ordering an MRI within the first 3 visits, here are just a few of many reasons for doing so:
X-rays only show a portion of the patient’s potential injuries, it will not show a soft tissue injury; an injury which could possibly be adversely effected by certain types of treatment.
When coming up with a treatment plan, a physician needs to know what he or she is treating and what the proper course of care would be, such as needing to be referred out for a surgical consult or any other specialist.
It is imperative that conditions be diagnosed as soon as possible in order to treat the problem before further injury occurs.
An MRI could find a soft tissue injury which could be dangerous to continue to work at their job with, an injury that could have been missed on an x-ray.
If you need further reasoning or have questions, please feel free to call me at the number above.
Brian Starry, D.C.
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