MRI scans are quite common in the medical community. These scans can help doctors and physical therapists determine a diagnosis and recommend options for treatment. But many patients are confused by how to read and interpret their MRI scan results. In this physical therapy patient education article, we are going to focus on MRI scans – what exactly they are and how to understand and interpret them.
An MRI (short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan is a diagnostic tool used to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions and injuries. The scan uses magnetic waves to create an image of the body’s internal structures. These scans allow physicians and physical therapists to see the inner structures of the body without having to investigate via surgical means.
Always Consult a Medical Professional
The most important piece of advice we can give you when it comes to MRI scans is to seek the help of a qualified medical professional. People go through years of school and training to learn how to properly interpret and understand MRI scans, so don’t expect to be able to decipher your scan on your own. Furthermore, MRI scans are not always “black and white” – meaning that one medical professional may see or interpret your scan differently than another. That’s why it never hurts to get a second opinion.
Physical Therapy Clinics in Minnesota
If you need help interpreting or understanding your MRI scan, we are here to help. Our Minnesota physical therapists have nearly three decades of experience helping patients throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. We offer direct access to physical therapy to Minnesota residents. What does that mean? In short, you can set up an appointment with us whether you have a prescription or not. We also have over 600 local providers who regularly refer their patients to us after an injury or surgical procedure. Whatever your situation, we’re here to help. Contact our physical therapy clinics (located in Edina and downtown Minneapolis) to set up your appointment with one of our skilled physical rehabilitation experts.