Ideally this will be the person that sent you for the scan but that’s not always possible. What we need to remember is that scans are often quite limiting. For instance a scan can’t tell you the following:
As many of my clients will know I love a corny saying. One of my favourites is that “we treat a person not a scan”. People are often quite fearful after having a scan and reading a report with medical jargon. Part of treating a person is listening to their fears and often educating them on what a scan actually means. What they don’t say in a report with “abnormal” findings is that the may be completely normal depending on a persons stage of life.
For instance – degeneration sounds relatively frightening. However “degeneration” is a normal age related finding. I liken it to wrinkles on your face. When you are a teenager we don’t have wrinkles but as we age it is entirely normal to develop wrinkles. So degeneration in a joint or spine can be likened to wrinkles on your face – normal with age.
Secondly degeneration doesn’t necessarily mean painful. People can have degeneration in any part of the body and not know anything about it and live a full pain free life.
Now I’m not saying scans aren’t helpful. In certain situations, they can give important clinical information that assists in guiding treatment. However, they do not tell the whole story and won’t necessarily change the treatment you will receive. If you have had a scan make sure you speak with a health professional that can appropriately interpret the scan and report and then take the time to work with you to explain what is happening.
Not sure if you need a scan or not? Our Tarragindi physiotherapists can help you make that decision! Jump over to our Bookings Page, call us on 07 3706 3407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking to suit you