Greensboro Physical Therapist says MRI’s are not always necessary.

The Results of an MRI do not always tell you why you have pain.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services increased by approximately 84% from 2004 to 2010 when the physician owned the MRI equipment/facility compared to 12%. This was reported in a recent report by the Government Accountability Office and they concluded that “financial incentives for self-referring providers were likely a major factor driving the increase in referrals.”

You usually do not “need an MRI” when you have pain to know what’s going on.  An MRI, CT scan or X-Ray may be indicated if there has been significant trauma, a history of cancer, suspected fracture or other significant medical red flag.  MRI’s are very sensitive, meaning they often find problems that have been there a long time and do not necessarily correspond to the current condition.  Almost everyone over 50 has some amount of arthritis, stenosis, herniation and degeneration.  A thorough evaluation with a patient history and hands-on assessment is much less expensive and time consuming to perform 1st when you are injured or have pain.

When was the last time you had an orthopedic evaluation and received a hands-on diagnostic tests by your physician without first having an X-ray, MRI or CT scan?

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Dr. Aaron LeBauer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, LLC, with his wife Andra, in Greensboro, N.C. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2008. Dr. LeBauer graduated from Duke University in 1996 with a B.A. in History and moved to San Francisco where he studied Massage Therapy and Health Education at the National Holistic Institute. He has specialized in Myofascial Release since 2000 and is an Instructor with the John F. Barnes MFR Seminars. A native of Greensboro, Dr. LeBauer returned in 2005 to continue the third generation of LeBauers as health care professionals in Greensboro. Dr. LeBauer enjoys riding one of his vintage Vespa and Lambretta scooters or his bicycle to work. He has raced bicycles since high school and as a category 1 amateur all over the United States. He was based out of Northern California and North Carolina and spent a very memorable summer racing in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. He enjoys working in his garden and has an edible landscape including pears, apples, scuppernogs (native muscadine grapes), raspberries, blueberries, figs, various seasonal vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. He has two beautiful daughters and an amazing wife.

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