Aside from asking you a series of questions that pertain to your symptoms – such as location, frequency, intensity, radiation, and duration of pain – as well as establishing your history of illness, injury, and surgery, the physicians at our pain management center may recommend tests to obtain an accurate pain diagnosis. Some procedures may be performed strictly for diagnostic purposes, while others may have therapeutic benefit. For example, x-rays, computerized axial tomography (CAT or CT) scans, bone scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are generally used to determine what is causing the pain, and epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, peripheral nerve blocks, and trigger point injections often serve a dual role – to diagnose and help reduce pain.
It is important to note that testing is done to show normalities and abnormalities only. Accurate clinical diagnosis for a patient’s acute or chronic pain condition is based on correlating the findings of the diagnostic tests with the patient’s specific symptoms and the physician’s findings from a complete physical exam. For a full list of available diagnostic procedures and/or to learn more about the tests that can be used for both diagnostic and treatment application, contact our pain management center. Our team of healthcare professionals will help you solve the mystery of what is causing your pain and help you find the relief you deserve.