Managing Acute Trauma through Imaging at Back & Body NY

One of the many conditions we treat here at Back and Body NY is acute trauma, predominantly from athletics injuries. The most common injuries we see are to the neck, knee and ankles. Sometimes, diagnosis may be tricky depending on the injury and so imaging is another way to understand the scope of the injury in order to make an accurate diagnosis.

As with many treatments within the healthcare field, we follow certain protocols to help us narrow down the exact nature of the injury. Here are some of the things we may do and look for when it comes to making a decision about using imaging to investigate further.

Spinal Injuries

We would look at using imaging for any of these five cases listed below:

  • If the patient is over 65 years of age
  • Struggles to move their head
  • Severe injury
  • Spinal pain
  • Neurological symptoms

Knee Injuries

Knee injuries can be complex so we typically use imaging when any of the below conditions are met along with knee pain.

  • If the patient is 55 or over
  • Cannot flex the knee beyond 90 deg
  • Cannot bear weight on knee after 4 steps
  • Tenderness of the patella or head of fibula

Foot & Ankle Injuries

As with knee pain, any foot or ankle pain along with these injuries…

  • Unable to bear weight on the foot
  • Tenderness around the fifth metertarsal, navicular or either malleolus areas

While imaging is a very important facet in healthcare, we do not send you for imaging for the sake of it. There has to be a good reason for it and by following standard protocols along with our own knowledge and experience, we will have patients undergo necessary imaging when these conditions are met. We take each patient as a separate case and provide the dedicated care and treatments based on a collaborative basis. This enables us to tailor make treatments based on the patient’s needs rather than a cookie cutter type method.

Imaging does help us to see more difficult conditions better and to work out the best plan of action for these types of injury.

If you are in pain, or have any issues, please do not hesitate in contacting us. We are here to help you out of pain, to get back to the life you want to lead and to help you maintain and injury and pain free lief.

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