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CRMA & Disc Herniations


CRMA with MRI Gives a More Complete Spinal Injury Analysis

Disc herniations without CRMA findings can be considered to be pre-existing. MRI alone does not give the patient a complete spinal injury analysis. 

Enter CRMA – a game-changing innovation that addresses the shortcomings of MRI while providing a comprehensive view of spinal health.

  • Problem: MRI's Limited Insight
  • Solution: CRMA's Comprehensive Approach

Problem: MRI's Limited Insight

MRI's are invaluable, but they don't tell the whole story. They miss a critical aspect – the highly pain-sensitive non-disc ligamentous spinal support ligaments, essential for spinal stability. This leads to under-documentation, vague treatment protocols, and ultimately a lower quality of patient care.

Solution: CRMA's Comprehensive Approach

CRMA is uniquely designed to pick up what MRI cannot – damage to non-disc ligaments that contribute to spinal stability. By identifying excessive motion in these ligaments, CRMA provides a precise analysis of spinal injuries. Whether it's detecting ligament damage from accidents or new disc herniations, CRMA fills the gaps MRI leaves behind.
  • Problem: Incomplete Evidence
  • Solution: CRMA Fills the Evidence Gap

Problem: Incomplete Evidence

Disc Herniations with MRI alone are a pre-existing condition unless ruled otherwise as there is not a smart bomb of energy that just hits the disc in say an automobile collision. If the disc is injured as a new injury from a current collision or some other force acting on the spine, there should also be non-disc ligament damage as without it, it is highly suspect that the disc herniation was already there and not from the accident.

Solution: CRMA Fills the Evidence Gap

CRMA helps you to pick up the other non-disc ligament damage that would be consistent with what one should clinically find if the accident caused a new disc herniation.

Example: If your index finger was hit with a hammer and caused a stress fracture to the bone, it could be considered to be caused by something else if, for instance, the significant skin damage that would be consistent with this injury was not also documented. It would be hard to prove that the fracture was caused by the blow with no resulting skin damage present. 

  • Problem: Suboptimal Treatment Outcomes
  • Solution: CRMA Offers Comprehensive Insights

Problem: Suboptimal Treatment Outcomes

Research tells us the early MRI leads to worsening treatment outcomes and higher patient disability rates with the care that they receive. This is not because MRI is faulty, it just means that the MRI alone does not give a complete enough spinal injury analysis, and the patient is sent through inappropriate care paths that would have other wise be contraindicated if the full spinal injury picture was known.

Solution: CRMA Offers Comprehensive Insights

CRMA provides an assessment that cannot be obtained with a non-weight bearing MRI. There are 220 spinal ligaments, only 23 of which are discs, therefore MRI assesses only about 10% of the actual spinal ligament structure. The other 197 non-disco ligamentous structures cause excessive spinal motion when damaged and that is what the CRMA picks up.

  • Problem: Missing the Source of Symptoms
  • Solution: CRMA Reveals the True Cause

Problem: Missing the Source of Symptoms

MRI reports focusing on disc herniations overlook the majority of patient symptoms, leaving healthcare providers without the complete picture.

Solution: CRMA Reveals the True Cause

CRMA provides a full assessment of spinal ligament injuries and instabilities, uncovering the hidden source of patient symptoms, guiding accurate treatment approaches.
  • Problem: Incomplete Diagnosis
  • Solution: CRMA Pinpoints Instabilities

Problem: Incomplete Diagnosis

You're probably familiar with the case where the patient has a negative MRI i.e., no disc herniations, therefore they were considered to not be seriously injured. What was missed was the permanent spinal ligament injury which would be detected in a CRMA.

Solution: CRMAPinpoints Instabilities

CRMA excels in detecting excessive motion in a way that no other imaging method, including MRI, can reveal. It offers the missing link to a comprehensive spinal assessment.
  • Problem: Hidden Facet Injuries
  • Solution: CRMA

Problem: Hidden Facet Injuries

MRI does not pick up and objectify the severity of the spinal facet injury, which is a leading cause of pain and disability.

Solution: CRMA Uncovers Facet Injuries

CRMA helps to objectively determine the severity and location of spinal facet injuries, which is a leading cause of pain and disability. The spinal facet consists of two bones called facets and a capsular ligament that holds both in place. When the facet capsular ligaments are damaged due to injury, the facet joints shows an increase in excessive motion. The CRMA picks up this excessive motion, and gives it to the treating provider in an easily digestible format. The more excessive motion the motion unit reported, the more facet injury that is now there.

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Experience the Difference with CRMA

In a world where spinal health demands accuracy, CRMA delivers. With 220 spinal ligaments and a clear focus on non-disc ligamentous damage, CRMA completes the spinal injury puzzle, guiding precise treatment and supporting patient recovery. Don't wait – make the choice that empowers your practice and elevates your patient care.

Transform your approach to spinal health with CRMA – because every patient deserves the complete picture.