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What Does A Shoulder Show
An artificial hip: The hip joint consists of a ball and socket formed of bone and cartilage. The diseased bone is removed and a new ball and socket, usually made out of metal and plastic is inserted surgically. The new hip, while mechanical, works in a manner very close to a normal hip joint. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Radiculopathies: The term radiculopathy refers to a disease process that involves one or more of the spinal nerve roots. Typically there are 3 most common causes: a herniated disc, central spinal stenosis and lateral spinal stenosis. As a result of the initial insult or injury pain travels along the nerve root distribution in the body. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Quite a bit: The MRI will show the disks between the vertebrae, the vertebrae themselves, the spinal canal, the spinal cord (if the study is of the cervical or thoracic spine as the spinal cord ends in the lumbar region), and the nerve roots. Surrounding soft tissues will also be included. ...Read more
Yes it can: Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis can show up on MRI as a distinct thickening of the shoulder capsule. Often an MRI is not needed as this is a clinical diagnosis. (a diagnosis made by history and examination) it is most often found in diabetics and women in their 50's and 60's. It can develop out of the blue or sometimes after shoulder injury or surgery. Good luck! ...Read more
MRI: Mri's are very sensitive and will show chondral damage. There are 4 grades: i: softening, ii: fraying, iii: crabmeat appearance, iv: bare bone. Mri's are sensitive to even show bone bruising: increased blood flow to the bone surface. Chondral injury symptoms can be pain with weight bearing, catching, clicking or in severe cases pain even at rest. ...Read more
Depends on location: Fractures of the cervical spine are the result of severe trauma to the neck and treatment varies with the location of the fracture in the vertebra; the presence or absence of injury to other structures especially the spinal cord. These need a complete evaluation including cat scans; dynamic films etc before any treatment can be decided. ...Read more
Workers comp term: An IME is an Independent Medical Examination. It is often done in workers comp cases to get an outside opinion of whether the injury was actually caused by something at work or another situation entirely. So basically this could determine who pays for your surgery- your workers comp insurance/employer or your own insurance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can a meniscus get displaced after having surgery? I had a MRI and that is what showed. Does that mean a tear? Please help
Meniscus: You can certainly have a retear of the meniscus or failure of fixation if the meniscus was repaired. Sometimes on the mri, the lateral meniscus will have excess excursion called a wrisberg variant. Without seeing your MRI or knowing what they did previously, it's hard to predict what is going on with the meniscus. I'd recommend seeing a sports surgeon. ...Read more
Hiding: The scaphoid is a bone in the hand that sometimes gets broken but doesn't show up well on xrays. We get concerned about that bone because it has a poor blood supply meaning it doesn't always heal well after a fracture and so it can cause a lot of problems if it isn't treated appropriately. Usually xrays will be repeated after a couple of weeks and if there is a fracture it usually can be seen then. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shoulder Instability: Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The top of your arm forms the ball and the socket is deep inside the shoulder. It is similar to a golf ball on a golf tee. If the ball falls off the socket then the shoulder is dislocated. Most dislocations are related to the ligaments of the shoulder being stretched or torn. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lesion: A lesion means an abnormality. However, it is a very nonspecific term, and could signify anything along the spectrum of being completely nothing to worry about, to something very serious. Further imaging studies may be needed to figure out what it might be. Are there more details in the report? If so, post them. If not, call your doctor and ask him/her what the finding means. ...Read more
normal: That's almost impossible to answer in a short response. The list of structures that a radiologist evaluates on a cxr to give the final impression of 'normal' is quite long, but it includes the heart, lungs, bony structures, pulmonary blood vessels, aorta, visible part of the upper abdomen, etc. ...Read more
See below: There is plenty of information about EMG/NCS studies on the Web. Start with http://www.medicinenet.com/electromyogram/article.htm. ...Read more
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