What Do You Do After A Scan Or X-Ray?

You've recently had a scan or x-ray - now what?


You may have recently been referred by your GP, specialist, or physiotherapist to have some kind of scan done to investigate a potential joint or injury.

This may be an X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound, or MRI.

Then, you receive a report from your health professional that may tell you of a problem visible on the scan.

Popular findings are things like shoulder 'bursitis', muscle tears and low back disc bulges.

In this situation, it is easy to assume that this is the cause of your symptoms or pain.


HOWEVER. Studies researching low back pain to chronic shoulder pain reveal that this may not be the case. Research has indicated that the majority of the population has some kind of change in their lower back - but the majority of us do not have symptoms. Similarly, pain free fully functional shoulders can demonstrate tears' or changes on ultrasound. So, consider that findings on your scan, may not necessarily be causing you discomfort.


Confusing? It can be. The best thing to do is follow up with your physiotherapist, so that they can perform a thorough assessment to identify the primary cause of your symptoms - taking into account your investigation findings, but not discounting other possible contributors. This means that the main cause of your discomfort will be thoroughly assessed, treated, and addressed for you.