Diagnostic Testing For Back Pain – A Vancouver WA Chiropractor Provides Some Steps

The last blog discussed the importance of finding the correct diagnosis for your back pain, even though it can be difficult. This blog will go more into depth about diagnostic testing.


The most common diagnostic tests include:

  • X-rays provide outline of the bone structures in the spinal area. They are mainly used to check for instability, such asspondylolisthesis, tumors, and fractures.
  • CT scans are an even more detailed version of an X-ray. It takes cross section images of the body. They are meant to provide an excellent detail and are also capable of imaging for specific conditions, like spinal senosis or herniated discs.
  • MRI scans are very useful in assessing conditions because they provide a detail of the discs and nerve roots MRI scans are also extremely useful to rule out various medical conditions such as tumors or spinal infections. Before an MRI scan is performed, there is usually a good idea of what is going on. The main purpose for the scan is for injection planning, pre-surgical planning, such as for a microdiscectomy, spinal fusion, or other types back surgery


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