Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! I will be on holidays from Dec 22nd and will return January 2nd.
I consider my position as a spinal care practitioner a privileged honor. I appreciate your continued confidence.
Upright MRI Findings
Many of you know that upright MRI imaging is our best tool to look at spine related pain. This was revealed to me when I began my research a few years ago. In 2007 I traveled to Scotland to use the first upright MRI in the world but since then Canada has obtained our very own first upright MRI unit. The Welcome Back Centre is in Kamloops. And when I feel it is necessary to help my patients figure out why there is pain while upright (whether sitting or standing) and why it disappears when lying down, upright MRI is a great way to evaluate the spine in these different positions.
Unfortunately, the upright imaging is private and therefore people have to pay out of pocket to get these special images. Recently I had a patient obtain imaging from this clinic and the results showed why symptoms were more prevalent when the person was in a regular sitting position. With permission, this patient allowed me to share the findings with the Interdisciplinary Weight Bearing Society. You can see it here.