Why Get a Second Opinion?
Getting a second opinion on a spine condition diagnosis can have many benefits. Dr. Saint-Louis will study the materials you provide and ensure you get a more accurate diagnosis. The diagnosis is critical in determining how your condition will be treated and managed going forward.
By getting a second opinion from SpineRad, you can:
1. Avoid Misdiagnosis: According to research done by the Mayo Clinic, up to 88% of patients who seek a second opinion come away with a new or more refined diagnosis. Even the most qualified radiologist may miss something from time to time, so getting another expert opinion can help prevent a misdiagnosis.
2. Get Confirmation on a Diagnosis: Because the symptoms of many spinal conditions overlap, it can be difficult to get a final diagnosis without a second opinion. A new analysis of exam and test results can confirm a diagnosis, or narrow it down further. This can ensure that you get the right treatment in the future.
3. Get an Explanation of a Diagnosis: Once a diagnosis is confirmed, you will get an explanation that includes valuable information on the condition. Dr. Saint-Louis will ensure you understand what’s causing your symptoms and how the condition may progress. Having a good understanding of your diagnosis is key when forming a treatment plan.
4. Decide on a Treatment Plan: By getting a second opinion on a spinal condition, you will have a more accurate picture of what types of treatments are available. Then you can determine which methods are right for you. If you rely on a single opinion and get misdiagnosed, the treatments prescribed are far less likely to help you manage your symptoms. Additionally, if the second opinion yields a more refined diagnosis, more targeted treatments may be possible.
Getting your second opinion on a spinal condition from Dr. Saint-Louis at SpineRad has the added benefit that you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home to get it.