Greensboro Physical Therapist Says MRI’s Are Not Always Necessary

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 Business Coach to 1,000's of healthcare entrepreneurs. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, LLC, with his wife Andra, in Greensboro, N.C. He has been helping active people stay fit, active, healthy and recover from injuries without needing more pain medications, injections or surgery since 1999.

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