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Why Is Your Doctor Sending You For An MRI After A Florida Car Accident?

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Jan 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Florida car accident lawyer and chiropractic physician explains why doctors will send their clients for an MRI after a car accident.

You've injured your neck or back in a car accident.  You went to the hospital or doctor shortly after the crash and they performed regular x-rays or possibly a CAT scan.  Typically, doctors will start their patients on a course of conservative care that can include medications, physical therapy and/or chiropractic care.

If you continue to experience symptoms four or so weeks into treatment or if you feel pain or numbness traveling into your arms or legs, you doctor will probably order a Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) of the area.

What is an MRI?

MRI is a specialized test that utilizes radio waves and hydrogen in a strong magnetic field to visualize body parts.  This is how MRI technology works.  When the body is placed in a magnetic field it becomes magnetized. When the magnetized body is exposed to radio waves at a particular frequency and sends back to the computer a spin echo, which is then interpreted and manipulated by computer software.  The test results in images of the body that is tested.

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Why MRI for the Spine and Neck?

MRI is the best test to take a look at the soft tissue structures of the spine.  So, the radiologist and doctor will be able to visual the brain, spinal cord, fluid around the spine, discs, ligaments and muscles.  So, if your doctor is ordering an MRI, he/she is checking to make sure you do not have an injury to the disc or spinal cord, which can be pretty serious.

Conclusion

MRI is an important tool for doctors treating folks who have been injured in accidents.  It provides information about the soft tissue of the spine and can help your doctor diagnose the condition and formulate an effective treatment plan.

If you have any questions about a Florida car accident, call Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD at (352) 267-9168.

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Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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