Category: Diagnostic Testing

The Shortage of Imaging Contrast Dye Does Not Impact Care at OSC

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Over the past few months, you may have heard about a shortage of contrast dye used in some forms of diagnostic imaging studies. This shortage is due to COVID-19 pandemic manufacturing facility shutdowns in Shanghai, China where a specific type of contrast dye – iodinated IV contrast – is produced. Because… Read more »

What is Electromedicine/Electrotherapy? Part I

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD In 2022, it seems that modern medicine is inundated with devices, treatments and therapies that utilize the power of carefully modulated electric current.  You can find these in Physical Therapy or physician offices, there are devices for use in surgery and some devices that are even available to be surgically implanted… Read more »

Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB): A Diagnostic Tool and a Treatment for Pain

Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I have injections that I often use for dual purposes: 1) for diagnostic reasons – to find or pinpoint a source of pain or to confirm that diagnosis and 2) to treat pain and inflammation caused by a condition, injury, or illness.  Steroid injections are… Read more »

What is the “Gelling” Effect of the Knee?

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD In this article, I’m going to put on my chef’s hat and take you inside the kitchen for a brief cooking lesson.  No, I’m not giving up my day job as an Orthopaedic surgeon, but I want to use a culinary illustration to describe a process that occurs in the… Read more »

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 »

What is a Nerve Conduction Study?

Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD Physicians order many diagnostic tests to help them pinpoint exactly what condition or illness a patient may have when the answer isn’t immediately clear. A Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) is basically that – a way of determining the speed and intensity of nerve signals being carried away from the brain, through… Read more »

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 »