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Healthy Update                        July 2012

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Is an MRI really necessary for low back pain?

low back MRI   

Many patients ask us if they should get an MRI to further diagnose their problem. The answer quite frankly is NO, unless you have certain red flags present on your exam.

  • Research* shows that approximately 28% of adults will have positive MRI findings but don't even have pain. We as clinicians never treat the MRI results, rather we focus our attention on clinical findings, symptoms and history to help direct the course of treatment. Many times a short course of physical therapy has been proven to be extremely effective for resolving your low back pain. In addition, the education received will help reduce a recurrence which can often be more disabling.

View this link for a short video that explains why MRI's are not always necessary.


Call us at 732-747-1262 so that we may help reduce your low back pain and prevent the need for an expensive MRI that can often lead to ineffective treatment.


*Deyo, RA. Magnetic Resonance imaging of the lumbar spine. Terrific test or tar baby? N. Engl J. Med. 1994, 331(2):115-116.   

"Concussions in Youth Sports: What Every Parent and Coach Needs to Know"
db Orthopedic Physical Therapy, PC sponsors local seminar 

 concussion lecture     

Click here to download Patch.com news article.


On Wed., July 18, experts in pediatric and sports medicine gathered together for a panel seminar on concussions in youth sports. Held at Brookdale Community College, the event gave parents and coaches a chance to learn about the warning signs of concussions and ways to prevent them. The panel featured Stephen Rice, MD, James Anderson, ATC and David Bertone, PT, DPT, OCS, who provided the most up to date information about this critical issue that affects young athletes everywhere.  


If your youth sports group or PTO is interested in learning more about concussions, Dr. Bertone offers a free seminar on the topic, on-site, at the location of your choice.  

For more information, email him at: dbertone@dborthopt.com.


Learn more about concussion baseline testing, post concussion rehabilitation and concussion education programs at our new website:

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Did you see Dr. Bertone's article about concussions and youth sports  in the July issue of Living In magazine?


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About Us
db Orthopedic Physical Therapy, PC is the solo practice of Dr. David Bertone, PT, DPT, OCS. We specialize in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems and are the practice of choice for people with non-traumatic injury in Central New Jersey.
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db Orthopedic Physical Therapy, PC

732 Newman Springs Rd.

Lincroft, New Jersey 07738




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