Category: Open MRI

Polyneuropathy – Symptoms and Diagnosis

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD Nerve pain is varied, and patients may describe it in the following terms: stinging, burning, stabbing, numb, heavy, tickling, sore, aching, throbbing, shocking, tingling, pressure, “pins and needles” or just plain weird.  It can also make the affected area sensitive to touch or cold and make normal pleasurable stimuli feel… Read more »

MRI FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions from our Webchat Feature)

  Moderated by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD How is an MR scan different from a CT scan? An MR scan uses a large electromagnet to image structures and soft tissues.  It does so by creating a magnetic field and using computer generated radio waves to image water molecules in the part of the body being… Read more »

Five Signs to Take Neck Pain Seriously

Mark W. McFarland, DO I’m certain that there isn’t one of us who hasn’t had neck pain at some point in their life – we’ve slept funny and woke up with a “crick” in our neck or we painted the ceiling, or we did something that made our neck hurt.  Usually, with a little TLC,… Read more »

My Physician Ordered an Arthrogram – What is it and Why do I Need it?

Dr. Sureja

Raj N. Sureja, MD In the world of Orthopaedics and Interventional Pain Management, we physicians treat patients who have musculoskeletal pain from a variety of injuries, conditions, diseases and often, simple aging. However, when a patient comes to see me for a consultation for their pain, I don’t get to shrug my shoulders and throw… Read more »

Why Does my Lower Back MRI Look so Bad?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients can be very concerned with the words “degenerative disc disease” or “spondylosis” when used in the report sent from a radiologist’s reading of an MRI.  These phrases and words are used synonymously with “arthritis”.  Our spinal discs wear with time, just like brake pads on a car.  This wear is… Read more »

Shoulder Instability – Surgical Treatment

Dr. Martin Coleman

Martin R. Coleman, MD In my last article, I discussed the causes of shoulder instability, its symptoms, and conservative treatment options that could be tried to prevent repetitive episodes of subluxations or dislocations.  While many patients will have success with non-operative therapies, others will continue to have issues with shoulder instability without more aggressive intervention. … Read more »

Shoulder Instability – Conservative Treatment

Dr. Martin Coleman

Martin R. Coleman, MD The shoulder joint is the most complex joint system in the human body.  It has many components that work together to ensure it functions smoothly when we call upon it to do everyday tasks.  It is also the most mobile joint in the body and because of that it also has… Read more »

Chronic Neck Pain

Raj Sureja, MD

Raj N. Sureja, MD When a patient with chronic neck pain gets referred to me, an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I am often considered a last resort for treatment. Typically, the patient has tried every treatment that their PCP has to offer, been to a Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, massage therapist, to an Orthopaedist, and may… Read more »

Extensor Mechanism Rupture and Total Knee Replacement

Spine Surgery

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD All surgeons and their patients hope for perfect surgeries and recoveries, like a scene out of Marcus Welby, MD, where the patient has a heart transplant and lives happily ever after with her adoring family and friends all around her.  Fortunately, that surgical scenario tends to play out in real life… Read more »