A question I get asked a lot is:
'why don't they just send me for a scan?'
orI work with worried clients who have been told all these things that have been found on their scan...when actually they are PERFECTLY NORMAL.
Like the outside of our body, the inside of our body ages also. And these can be seen on a scan. For the majority of people these ageing changes don't cause any discomfort or symptoms. For a small proportion they can. This is why having a scan is NOT beneficial as a first port of call for the majority of conditions. It doesn't tell us anything.
is that disc bulge we see on your scan the cause of your pain or something that has been there 20 years without causing any bother at all, and we just happen to have seen it because we've popped you through an MRI scanner?
The second point to note is...once you've had your scan what is the plan?
Again for the MAJORITY of conditions it is beneficial to start with the least invasive option which is physiotherapy.
Therefore why not cut out the middle man/machine? 🤷
The first port of call for the majority of aches and pains to your muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments etc is to a physiotherapist (either NHS or Private). We are specially trained in determining what the probable cause of your pain is, and IF a scan would be beneficial or not. For the MAJORITY of people, their symptoms will settle with a course of physiotherapy. This can be organised via your GP to see an NHS physiotherapist or you can book in yourself to a private physiotherapist like myself.
Please note that I have used the term 'majority' throughout, because there is a minority of conditions where a scan IS beneficial. However your GP will be able to determine this and refer you onwards if needed.
If you have any questions about scans or the information in this post please drop me a message or a comment below 👇