The Facts About Arthritis
According to the CDC, 23% of American adults, or roughly 53 million people, suffer from one of the more than 100 different types of pain and swelling of the joints known collectively as arthritis. More than half of arthritis sufferers have the most common variety, osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease caused by injury, overuse and/or aging. Osteoarthritis patients typically have little to no cartilage left to cushion joints, causing pain and inflammation from mild to so extreme it is debilitating. Other types such a lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are autoimmune diseases affecting people of all ages. All types of arthritis cause joint pain, stiffness, swelling, locking, tenderness and/or weakness.
The board certified radiologists of Radiology Associates Imaging subspecialize in evaluating arthritis and assisting referring physicians in planning ways to relieve pain and prevent or delay disability. We incorporate the most advanced diagnostic technologies to determine the type, cause and location of arthritis using x-ray, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI uses a magnetic field and radio frequencies to send information to a computer, which in turn produces highly detailed images of the joint(s) being examined, as well as the surrounding muscles, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. MRI can pinpoint osteoarthritis earlier and better than many other diagnostic tools, all without ionizing radiation.
Once arthritis is diagnosed, it can be successfully managed with medication, physical therapy, diet and exercise, and, when warranted, surgeries like joint fusion and joint replacement.
If you suffer from joint pain and inflammation, talk to your doctor, or get more information by calling Radiology Associates Imaging at (386) 274-6000.