Chronic pain affects everyone differently; no two cases are the same. At One Step Diagnostic, which has eight centers throughout the Greater Houston area, the board-certified physicians and radiologists believe every individual deserves personalized pain management treatment. To learn more about pain management, call One Step Diagnostic or schedule an appointment online today.
Pain management is a medical specialty that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and managing chronic pain. If you have pain that lasts for six months or longer, pinpointing the cause of your discomfort is essential for finding lasting relief.
Once your doctor confirms the underlying cause of your pain, they can create an individualized plan that addresses your unique needs.
Depending on the type of pain you experience, your doctor may order one or more of the following diagnostic imaging tests:
An X-ray is a quick, painless test that allows your doctor to see the harder structures inside your body, particularly bone. The test uses X-ray beams, which your bone absorbs at different rates depending on their density. Digital X-rays produce clearer, more accurate images with less radiation than their traditional counterparts.
A CT scan, or computed tomography scan, is a test that combines multiple X-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views of your body’s internal structures. CT scans can produce 3D images to gather a clear picture of every angle of your body.
Magnetic resonance imaging, or an MRI, uses a combination of magnetism, radio waves, and computer assistance to produce clear images of the body’s internal structures. MRIs can show tissue damage, tumors, brain injuries, and more.
An ultrasound is an imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to generate images of structures beneath your skin. Your radiologist may use an ultrasound device on top of your skin or insert it into your body if you need a transvaginal ultrasound.
Along with imaging scans, your doctor may perform a physical exam and order blood work or urinalysis to diagnose your condition most accurately.
After you complete pain management testing, your physician can create a personalized treatment plan that includes traditional and modern approaches, such as:
As you complete treatment, your doctor may incorporate imaging tests into your individualized plan to continue monitoring your condition.
To learn more about pain management, call One Step Diagnostic or schedule an appointment online today.