Category: Diagnostic Testing

Five Signs It’s Time to See an Orthopaedic Physician

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD In my practice, I often see patients who wait a long time to come in for a musculoskeletal problem.  In some cases, the patient will have needlessly suffered pain and dysfunction for years, only to find that their problem could have easily been treated had they come in earlier. I guess… Read more »

Radial Tunnel Syndrome (RTS)

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Most people have heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS, but far fewer have heard of its more rarely seen cousin Radial Tunnel Syndrome or RTS, which affects the top of the forearm, the wrist or back or the hand, or a combination of these.  In this article, I will… 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 »

Bursa Aspiration and Analysis – Why was this Ordered for Me?

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD Did you know that there are more than 150 bursae in the human body?  Almost every joint has at least one of these slippery, cushiony, synovial fluid-filled sacs that provide padding, reduce friction and add lubrication between the points of bones, muscles and tendons near the joints.  These little marvels usually… Read more »

Acute and Chronic Cervical (Neck) Sprain

Mark W. McFarland, DO The neck area or cervical spine has many muscles, ligaments and tendons that help to support, stabilize, and provide movement for the neck and head as they sit on the spinal vertebrae.  When you think about it anatomically, it’s an architectural masterpiece that works together beautifully when healthy.  But then, life… 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 »

Can I Have a Hip Replacement After Having Cancer?

John D. Burrow, DO As a busy Orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement, I see patients who need hip replacement for a variety of reasons, but usually due to arthritis or injury.  Some of these individuals may have recently been diagnosed with, are in treatment for or are in remission from cancer of all… Read more »

What is a Myelogram?

Mark W. McFarland, DO As a spine specialist and surgeon, x-ray and MRI are pretty much the tools of my trade; however, I occasionally need more detail or different detail than they can provide.  That’s when I order a Myelogram.  In this article, I will discuss what a Myelogram is, why it is ordered, what… Read more »

Why Did My Orthopaedist Perform a Joint Aspiration and Order a Lab Analysis?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD My job as an Orthopaedic surgeon is challenging, fun and interesting.  I often get to play detective as I search for clues and evidence as to why my patients are having certain symptoms, pain, and dysfunction.  I can usually make a diagnosis based on a physical examination, talking to the patient… Read more »