MUSCULOSKELETAL

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A musculoskeletal disorder is an injury, or conditions, that affect the way the body moves or its musculoskeletal system (muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, blood vessels). These types of problems are extremely common and account for a high number of lost working days and pain for individuals.

The pain of a bad back, or strained joints can be sudden, severe and often debilitating. While most back and joint problems will resolve themselves, some can become chronic and may require investigation to determine what is going on. Repetitive strain injuries are also extremely commonplace.

Musculoskeletal scans are used to diagnose conditions affecting the back and joints. Ultrasound and MRI scans are generally used to diagnose soft tissue injuries (damage to muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons) while CT scans are most effective at identifying bone injuries.

  • Damage to joints or surrounding bone
  • Tendon tears or tendinitis of the rotator cuff (shoulder), Achilles tendon (ankle) and other tendons
  • Muscle tears and lumps
  • Ligament sprains or tears
  • Inflammation or fluid within the joints
  • Hernias
  • Foreign bodies in the soft tissue
  • Trapped nerves, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Soft tissue tumours
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Epicondylitis
  • Trigger finger/thumb
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Ruptured/herniated disc
  • Digital neuritis

Types of Musculoskeletal scans that are available:

MRI scans are generally used for injuries to the soft tissue and cartilage, but can also show bony pathology such as fractures, tumours etc. Most MRI scans are done while the patient is lying down on a couch that is move in and out of the scanner. MRI scans of the joints are sometimes performed after a dye is injected into the joint, called an MR arthrogram.

Bone injuries are generally diagnosed using a CT scan, which takes multiple X-ray images.

Ultrasound scans can be used to diagnose sprains, tears, strains and other soft tissue injuries. This type of scan uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments.. Images are captured in real time so it is possible to track movement in the body’s internal structures and demonstrate blood flow etc

For fast, reliable radiology services, contact Windsor Radiology

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