What should you expect during your visit to The Spine Center?
During the first visit with the physician at The Spine Center, a medical history will be taken. The physician then reviews the history, and collects more specific information during the patient exam.
In the exam, the physician may move certain joints and limbs in ways that reveal diagnostic information about the back or neck problem. Be sure to answer all the physician's questions honestly because certain movements are intended to produce, or not produce, discomfort. What you feel helps the physician diagnose your problem correctly. Consequently it is crucial to answer questions accurately.
For simple muscle-related back pain, X-rays are of limited value because they don't show muscles and discs, only bones. A physician may use X-rays to determine if there are any fractured vertebrae after a fall, or if there is a narrowing of the disc space which may imply a disc problem.
In some cases, the physician may use MRI or CT to determine what may be causing the person's pain. These tests are painless and function simply as a medical photograph of your body.