Nearly 54 million American adults (roughly 1 in 4) suffer from pain and inflammation of the joints, a condition known as arthritis. Arthritis occurs in different forms and has different causes, which combined create the number-one cause of disability and dysfunction in this country. Approximately 31 million arthritis sufferers have the most common form, called osteoarthritis, in which the cartilage that cushions the joints wears away, typically from prolonged use, overuse or injury. Once the cushioning cartilage and lubricating synovial fluids protecting the joints become limited or even absent, the joints become stiff, inflamed, painful and prone to locking and weakness. Other forms of arthritis include autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, which can affect people of any age, even babies and children. These conditions are often recognized by swelling, redness and, over time, the malformation of joints.
Because not all forms of arthritis respond to the same treatment protocols, effective pain relief and protection from joint damage demand a medical diagnosis. Once the type and cause of arthritis have been determined, appropriate
Radiology Associates Imaging has a team of Board Certified radiologists who evaluate arthritis. Using the most advanced, state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies, such as digital x-ray, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which can isolate osteoarthritis earlier and with greater accuracy than many other diagnostic tests, our radiologists can determine the facts about the type, location and contributing causes of arthritis, and collaborate with your referring clinician to construct a pain relief and mobility management plan, which may include medication, physical therapy, improved diet and exercise, and, if merited, procedures like joint fusion or joint replacement surgery.
If you suffer from joint pain and inflammation, don’t wait for it to get worse. Talk to your clinician about arthritis testing, or give Radiology Associates Imaging a call at (386) 274-6000. We’re here to help.