Proper treatment and rehabilitation of your injury starts with proper diagnosis. The injury specialist at La Clínica understand this and will first determine a diagnosis. No matter how you were injured, whether it was at work or in an auto accident, our diagnostic testing for soft tissue injuries, bone trauma, and back pain helps us get to the source of your issue.
Diagnostic Testing Throughout Chicago: X-Rays, EMG’s & NCV’s
We use a range of diagnostic testing and imaging techniques throughout our conveniently-located Chicago clinics so our experts are able to address the source of your pain and classify your injury correctly.
Without diagnostic testing, we can’t confidently recommend the right type of physical therapy, chiropractic care, or other therapeutic treatments. No matter how you were injured, whether it was at work or in an auto accident, our diagnostic testing for soft tissue injuries, bone trauma, and back pain help us get to the source of your issue.
From there, we work with you to get you back to living a healthy, productive life.
Diagnostic testing is essential to the basic management of patient care. Using advanced equipment, our physicians can then detect the source of your injury, and then prescribe therapies. Throughout your entire process, our staff monitors your progress to ensure that the course of treatment is working.
La Clínica, S.C., offers a variety of diagnostic testing services to patients during their care program including radiological services (X-rays) and NCVs/EMGs. The full range of diagnostic testing services can detect and narrow down a range of injuries including:
- Diagnostic test for brachial plexus injury
- Diagnostic test for ulnar nerve injury
- Diagnostic tests for a traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Diagnostic tests for a shoulder injury or rotator cuff injury
- Diagnostic test for ACL injury or knee injuries
- Diagnostic testing for bone fractures and all soft tissue injuries
If you’ve been injured in an auto or workplace accident, or if you hurt yourself doing an activity like sports, we advise that you get your injury looked into by a professional. When you experience pain for several days or weeks after an accident, that’s a good sign that you need a diagnostic test to help us understand what was damaged or injured as the result of that accident.
We use diagnostic equipment in-house for most of our tests. For some advanced imaging, we may ask that you visit another location in Chicago. We try to use minimally invasive therapeutic and surgical treatments for many injuries.
Before we recommend any treatment, however, we require that our patients undergo diagnostic tests for knee injuries, shoulder/rotator cuff injuries, head injury, and spinal injury.
The signs that you need diagnostic testing for your injury include:
- Tingling in your hands, feet, or fingers
- Burning pain when you move your knee, arm, or shoulder
- Extreme or severe pain that can’t be treated with over-the-counter (store-bought) pain medication
- Severe swelling and discoloration
- Stiff sore shoulder, knee, elbow joints
- Stiff and sore back and neck
- Chronic headaches
- Difficulty moving, standing, or walking
X-rays are quick, noninvasive study useful in detection of fractures or injuries of the skeletal system. Radiographs (X-rays) can often detect soft tissue injuries, including diagnostic test for knee injuries or rotator cuff injuries in many cases.
Our providers only need the use of x-rays, a personal injury history and examination including evaluation of your past medical history to diagnose your injury correctly. Electrodiagnostic, or EMG/NCV testing is a minimally invasive procedure we are very tiny needles are placed along the spine and along with certain muscles. The electrical response between the nerves and the muscles can you tell me which nerves are not functioning properly.
Contact our offices as soon as possible to discuss scheduling a free consultation. We will work with you to file your worker’s compensation claim if you were injured at work. We can also work with any insurance company if you were injured in an auto accident. Please reach out to us today and let us know how you were hurt, and we’ll get you back on the path to wellness.
Diagnostic testing doesn’t require any special preparation. Our staff might ask you to take off clothing, jewelry, metal objects, eyeglasses, or any other object that might interfere with the images. It’s best to wear comfortable clothing for the procedure.
Our friendly technician will position the targeted body part between an x-ray detector and an x-ray source during your diagnostic testing. Depending on the targeted body part, we might ask you to stand up, sit, or lie down. After that, x-rays will travel through the targeted body part to capture enough images. Our technician might ask you to hold your breath and stay still so that we can take the clearest images.
After our technicians gather enough x-ray images, you can wear your jewelry, watch, and change back to your normal clothes. Your results might be available the same day or later. Depending on the results, our skilled team might also order additional tests.
No, x-ray imaging of the spine, knee, head, shoulder, and other targeted parts does not hurt. In fact, the x-ray procedure is painless and quick.
No, low amounts of radiation from x-ray, CT, and other imaging is safe and painless. In fact, the amount of radiation the examined body part will be exposed to is equivalent to around a few days or a few years of exposure to natural radiation from the environment.
Diagnostic Testing Statistics
- More than 3.6 billion diagnostic tests are performed every year globally, according to the World Health Organization
The most common types of diagnostic tests are spine, abdomen, extremities, and chest