A medical team will assess your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It may include an exam of the chest, belly, pelvic area, arms or legs. Tests may be done on the brain and nervous system.
Other tests may include:
A mental health exam
Imaging tests may be used to check the injured area. These may include:
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