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Doctor insights on: Radioactive Injections Joint Problems

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Are radioactive injections useful for joint problems?

Are radioactive injections useful for joint problems?

Yes: Can show up active inflammatoy changes in joins and also stress fractures. Also can help diagnose cancers of bone and joints. ...Read more

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Radioactive (Definition)

Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense conflict between the two strongest forces in nature, it should not be surprising that there are many nuclear isotopes which are unstable and emit some kind of radiation. The most common types of radiation are called alpha, ...Read more


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Are cortisone injections for joint inflammation ok?

Are cortisone injections for joint inflammation ok?

Have value: Used on a limited basis have value at alleviating pain reducing inflammation, particularly for inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid, gout, etc). Should be used with caution if at all in younger pt with no evidence of cartilage breakdown or inflammatory arthritis. In this situation underlying cause of pain must be identified/addressed as apposed to repeated injections. ...Read more

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What are supartz (hyaluronic acid) injections used for arthritic knee joint ?

What are supartz (hyaluronic acid) injections used for arthritic knee joint ?

Can help reduce pain: Supartz (hyaluronic acid) is a form of viscosupplementation. There are many chemicals used :synvisc, orthovisc, Hyalgan and others. These are chemical substances that are similar to the cartilage of the knee. Some are totally synthetic and one is from the comb of a rooster. They are used as a single or series of injections into the knee to relieve pain and improve function. They are inert and have no side effects. ...Read more

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Can steroid injections in sacroiliac joints treat sacroiliitis?

Can steroid injections in sacroiliac joints treat sacroiliitis?

SI joint: Hi, it depends what is causing the sacroiliitis, there are many different causes for SI joint inflammation like trauma, infection, arthritis, inflammatory diseases like ankylosing spondylitis. The treatment plan for all these are different. Steroid injection can work for simple osteoarhtritis of the SI joint. ...Read more

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Are epidural steroid injections, si joint, and radiofrequency ablation dangerous if given for years?

Are epidural steroid injections, si joint, and radiofrequency ablation dangerous if given for years?

Yes and No: Osteoporosis after any sort of steroid exposure can occur. Usually this requires repeated chronic long term exposure after several years. Based on your age, unless you have previous exposure to oral steroids or have had significant exposure to epidural steroid injections i would not be too concerned yet. ...Read more

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Could artificial facet joint replacement technology be used for the cervical spine?

Could artificial facet joint replacement technology be used for the cervical spine?

Good idea.: This may be possible in the future. I do not know of any technology such as this that we have access to currently. Artificial discs are being used in the spine, but so far, no replacement for the actual facet joints. ...Read more

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What are sacroiliac joint injections used to treat?

What are sacroiliac joint injections used to treat?

Sacroiliac inflamed: The sacroiliac (SI) joint can be the site of inflammation due to arthritis, from autoimmune disorders, from trauma. Injections into the SI joint, usually with corticosteroids, can reduce inflammation and is used in conjunction with other treatments, such as anti-inflammatory agents and physical therapy. ...Read more

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85 year old torn meniscus in right knee, pain/inflammation when walking. Recommend hyaluronic acid joint injection? Other non-surgical therapies?

85 year old  torn meniscus in right knee,  pain/inflammation when walking.  Recommend hyaluronic acid joint injection? Other non-surgical therapies?

If your joint is in-: -good condition, a menisectomy would be advised, even if borderline. This can slow down further degeneration & possibly avoid a replacement. Hyaluronic acid if the joint is bad & the only option is a replacement, if you are one of the people that get great results, you still may avoid a TKA. If successful they do need to be repeated over time. ...Read more

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Are cortisone shots good for the pain of degenerative joint disease?

Are cortisone shots good for the pain of degenerative joint disease?

Can be: We do quite a few cortisone shots in multiple joints such as knees, shoulders, hips, and fingers to name a few. The shots can reduce pain and swelling for months. We limit the amount of injections we do into the same joints. Too many cortisone injections into the same joint can have side effects. Injections are helpful in moderation. ...Read more

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Will taking cortisone shots relieve degenerative arthritis pain in joints?

Will taking cortisone shots relieve degenerative arthritis pain in joints?

Possibly: Joint injections with corticosteroids can be very beneficial in arthritic joints . You can see what your specialist recommends and how long they last for you. One has to be careful in limiting steroid use to limit complications. ...Read more

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Can facet joint nerve ablation mask potentially serious thoracic spine conditions? Does facet joint disease continue to progress even after procedure.

Can facet joint nerve ablation mask potentially serious thoracic spine conditions? Does facet joint disease continue to progress even after procedure.

Symptom treatment: Facet ablation does not affect or halt the underlying disease, it simply targets underlying pain. Generally it is not performed without prior imaging to rule out more serious conditions. ...Read more

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Sacroiliac joint injection and cervical nerve block. What are they?

Sacroiliac joint injection and cervical nerve block. What are they?

Very different: An si injection is an injection of the joint between the spine and the tailbone. A cervical nerve block is an injection of one of the nerves in the cervical spine. ...Read more

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When do you need facet joint and s-i (sacroiliac) joint injections?

When do you need facet joint and s-i (sacroiliac) joint injections?

When you have done: all conservative care like exercise/physical therapy and medications are not helping. Also you may want to consider this especially if you have to use narcotic pain medications to get relief. ...Read more

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How are SI joint fusions performed?

How are SI joint fusions performed?

When indicated,: after failure of conservative management. An experienced spinal surgeon can perform this for you. But most sacroiliac joint dysfunction responds nicely to the appropriate conservative management, only very few of them will need surgery. It is done in a manner requiring about 2-3 cm incision, with fluoroscopy, and about 3 stabilizing implants. With bonegraft placed in joint for best results. ...Read more

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I have l. Shoulder impingement w/frozen shoulder. Given 2 shoulder problems should a guided cortisone shot go into the subacromial space or the joint?

I have l. Shoulder impingement w/frozen shoulder. Given 2 shoulder problems should a guided cortisone shot go into the subacromial space or the joint?

Subacromial: If u have impingement syndrome and a secondary adhesive capsulitis an injection into the subacromial space is warranted followed by a pt program to regain shoulder rom.If no improvement after a dedicated p.T. Regimen then selective arthroscopic capsulotomy and decompression followed by therapy to improve motion is often very helpful.Best of luck! ...Read more

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Any new procedures for medial knee pain, without a total arthroplasty or the supartz (hyaluronic acid) injections? I have taken all injections.

Any new procedures for medial knee pain, without a total arthroplasty or the supartz (hyaluronic acid) injections? I have taken all injections.

MAKOplasty: I have performed over 560 makoplasty procedures and it is very very safe . It is superior to all other techniques for precise installation of partial knee replacements. When performed by an experienced makoplasty surgeon, it allows us to balance the tension of your ligaments within a millimeter and make the implants track centrally so they last decades. Mine all go home the same day, little pain. ...Read more

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I had FAI. Now fixed by scope surgery. MRI notes mild scoliosis of SI joints. SI pain persists. Are there surgical options for SI joints?

I had FAI. Now fixed by scope surgery. MRI notes mild scoliosis of SI joints. SI pain persists. Are there surgical options for SI joints?

Do you mean: mild sclerosis of the SI joints? Depending on other clinical/imaging factors, this could either have very little significance, or could be a manifestation(sacro-iliitis) of a variety of arthritic processes. There would be no surgical option for this. ...Read more

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When cervical facet joint has inflammation, can interlaminar cervical epidural block have effect on facrt joint?

When cervical facet joint has inflammation, can interlaminar cervical epidural block have effect on facrt joint?

Possibly: If there is certainty about the diagnosis of facet mediated pain them the best procedure is a facet block. If that works then a more permanent procedure (rfa) can be done. ...Read more

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