When and why you should have an MSK scan
Musculoskeletal conditions can affect anyone at any age and, without proper management, can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Pain, discomfort, and reduced mobility are just some of the symptoms that can be associated with conditions affecting the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. However, with early diagnosis and proper treatment and help from your physio, many of these conditions can be managed effectively.
One important tool in diagnosing musculoskeletal conditions can be to have an MSK scan. MSK stands for musculoskeletal and refers to a diagnostic imaging test that produces images of the bones, joints, and soft tissues in the body. These scans provide important information about the cause of symptoms and help healthcare providers develop a treatment plan.
In this article, we will explore the importance of MSK scans and when to consider having one to help you make informed decisions about your health and well-being should you be experiencing the pain and discomfort that comes with musculoskeletal conditions.
When should you have an MSK scan?
Pain in joints or muscles
Injuries or accidents
Arthritis or other chronic conditions
Suspected fractures or dislocation
Preparation for surgery
If you are preparing for surgery that involves the musculoskeletal system, an MSK scan may be required to help healthcare providers plan the procedure and determine the best course of action.
It is important to note that these are just some of the reasons why you may need an MSK scan. Your healthcare provider can provide more information and guidance on when an MSK scan is appropriate for your specific circumstances, and as discussed, an assessment with a local physio such as ourselves, based in Solihull, can often be the best starting point.