Do I Need An X-ray Before Coming For My Assessment?
Written by: Sasha Guay, Registered Physiotherapist, MSc(PT)
A very common question we get at the clinic is if a patient requires imaging (such as an x-ray) prior to coming in for an appointment.
The answer is actually no!
The correlation between pain/symptoms and findings on imaging are actually lower than you may believe. A study on the association of findings on imaging of the low back and symptoms show that positive findings don’t actually predict our future low back pain. The main reason that we, as physios, would require imaging is if we feel that its possible findings would change our course of treatment.
So, why subject yourself to the wait times, phone calls, appointments and potential radiation if it won’t even change your course of treatment?
Sasha Guay, MSc(PT)
Sasha joined the GRSM team in May 2019. She completed her Sports Physiotherapy Fellowship at the University of Guelph, following her Masters in Physiotherapy at Queen’s. She is in the process of completing her manual therapy levels and is looking forward to obtaining her acupuncture certification. She is passionate about working with athletes and has enjoyed working with a Minor Midget AAA hockey team, varsity lacrosse at the University of Guelph and Western, as well as rugby clubs at International events. She’s excited to work in the GRSM atmosphere, as she comes from a background of sport herself. She played varsity rugby at the University of Western Ontario while completing her undergrad in Kinesiology. She has competed in a variety of other sports, such as hockey, soccer and field hockey. Passions outside of physiotherapy include hiking, spending time with her friends, family and dog, cooking and interval training.