Understanding the underlying cause of neck pain often means an extensive look at a patient’s history, habits, and the nature of what they’re feeling. SpineOne takes a holistic and nuanced approach to diagnosing neck pain & whiplash to understand not only symptoms but also our patients and their needs.
Consultation & Examination
The foundation of our diagnostic process is the initial exam and discussion of our patient’s history, activity level, sleep habits, and any activity or injury that may have brought them to SpineOne. During this initial consultation, our doctors learn more about the patient’s condition and begin to outline a wellness program.
Your SpineOne doctor will feel by hand (also called palpation) along the spine to locate any muscle spasms or tightness, areas of tenderness, or joint abnormalities.
Range of Motion Test
Your doctor may ask you to bend or twist in specific positions to gauge the severity of your pain or see if specific movements are impaired by pain.
During the initial consultation, our doctors may order an X-Ray of the affected area to get a closer look at the general structure of the spine and address their findings. This imaging takes place in our clinic and does not require travel to a second location.
If the doctor needs an even closer look at the structures related to the spine, they may order an MRI. This scan will show detailed images of the muscles, ligaments, disks, and nerves in the spine and lead to a more specific diagnosis. SpineOne’s medical center includes an on-site, wide bore MRI, so you won’t need a referral to an outside imaging center.
The end result of this process is a clearer understanding of your neck pain, and a path forward to pain relief.