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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Could anybody assess my X-ray to reassure me that the diagnosis of arthiritis for my upper right back pain (by the bile duct) was correct ? Thanks

Could anybody assess my X-ray to  reassure me that the diagnosis of arthiritis for my upper right back pain (by the bile duct) was correct ?  Thanks

Yes: Your doctor should be able to help you. Arthritis in the upper back is uncommon. Cetainly your age is a bit young for degenerative arthritis. Unless your pain is persistent, i would not worry about arthritis. If your pain is persisting or getting worse, then you need to seek a second opinion from a joint specialist(rheumatologist). ...Read more

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Can you diagnose infectious arthritis of the knee from knee x-rays?

Can you diagnose infectious arthritis of the knee from knee x-rays?

Infectious arthritis: No. You can get an indication of possible infection by history and physical in an acute situation. The actual infectious agent may have to be determined by taking fluid out of the joint. An x-ray may be abnormal due to the infection but you do not diagnose infectious arthritis from x-ray alone. ...Read more

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Which forms of arthritis show up in x-rays?

Which forms of arthritis show up in x-rays?

Both.: While they may appear in different joints and in different ways, both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis will appear in X-rays. ...Read more

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Do x-rays tell if I have rheumatoird arthritis?

Do x-rays tell if I have rheumatoird arthritis?

Not really: There may be no changes on x-ray in the early stages. X-ray findings are not necessary in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (ra), but x-rays can add in the diagnosis or following the treatment of ra. Diagnosis can be very straightforward or quite complex for ra. The right diagnosis is important since it needs to be treated to prevent irreversible joint destruction. ...Read more

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What does an arthritis hip look like on xray?

What does an arthritis hip look like on xray?

Hip arthritis: On x-ray, you can find joint space narrowing, rim osteophytes, sclerosis, cystic changes. ...Read more

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What does arthritis look like on a xray? My doctor told me I have it by looking at my xray & than he tells me i don't have it & he's an orthopedic!

Cysts and spurs: There are specific findings on x-rays including spurs, cysts, sclerosis, and loss of joint space. In addition, as the arthritis progresses the alignment of the joint may change. Arthritis is most commonly seen on x-rays and does not require any advanced imaging in most situations. ...Read more

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On a xray what does post-traumatic arthritis look like?

On a xray what does post-traumatic arthritis look like?

Post-traumatic: Post-traumatic arthritis looks very similar to osteoarthritis on x-ray. Sometimes there is evidence of old broken bone that didn't quite heal in a good position. Basically it means that there is arthritis in a joint related to a fracture there in the past. ...Read more

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How can I find out if I have arthritis? Is it just with blood tests or I need x-rays too?

How can I find out if I have arthritis? Is it just with blood tests or I need x-rays too?

Arthritis: There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic. The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis.. ...Read more

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Besides an emg what other tests can be done to determine what nerve or nerves are being compressed in the elbow my x rays just showed arthritis of the?

Besides an emg what other tests can be done to determine what nerve or nerves are being compressed in the elbow my x rays just showed arthritis of the?

NCS: Nerve conduction studies are often done with EMG to get a better idea of whether or not nerves are involved. Here's a link to information on nerve conduction studies: http://abcnews.Go.Com/health/diagnosingpain/story?Id=4040291#.Ulffqyf7kag. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a grinding sound and feeling in my knees. no arthritis showed up on x-rays. other options?

What to do if I have a grinding sound and feeling in my knees. no arthritis showed up on x-rays. other options?

Does it bother you?: If this grinding sound is persistent and bothersome you should continue looking for the source. A loose piece of cartilage? bone? early arthritis may not show in X-rays. After a careful examination by your orthopedist other types of imaging of your nee (MRI?) should be considered. ...Read more

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Does arthritis of the jaw always show up on x-rays? If not then what test should be done? She already has jra but need to know if its spread to jaw

Does arthritis of the jaw always show up on x-rays? If not then what test should be done? She already has jra but need to know if its spread to jaw

Not always: But about 65% of children with jra and symptoms of tmj-temporomandibular joint pain also have x-rays that show jaw changes. It seems to start about age 5-6 years right where you are now. You can talk to your doctor about how to make your jaw feel better. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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I had my ankle broken in a sports injury a few years ago. X-rays show I am starting to get minor arthritis there. How can I prevent further arthiritis?

I had my ankle broken in a sports injury a few years ago. X-rays show I am starting to get minor arthritis there. How can I prevent further arthiritis?

Difficult unless...: Unless you have a malunion/deformity of the fracture after it healed not much can be done. Often the cartilage is damaged in addition to the bone injury. Arthroscopic surgery can help clean out the joint if there are loose bone particles or discrete areas of cartilage damage. Xray arthritis and symptomatic arthritis pain are not correlated 1to1 often have no complaints despite changes X-ray ...Read more

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Hi, I am waiting for the results of my x-rays and blood work to see if I do have early stage Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can using Rituxan (rituximab) cause this?

Hi, I am waiting for the results of my x-rays and blood work to see if I do  have early stage Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can using Rituxan (rituximab) cause  this?

Rituxan (rituximab) is RA therap: Rituxan (rituximab) is used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). You physician will have you see a rheumatologist to clarify the diagnosis and decide on the best therapy. Rituxan (rituximab) is one of many therapies we use to treat . ...Read more

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Knee pain in both knees, cortisone shot in each didn't help, X-rays showed arthritis, could bursitis be a cause also? Need MRI, right?

Knee pain in both knees, cortisone shot in each didn't help, X-rays showed arthritis, could bursitis be a cause also? Need MRI, right?

Not MRI: The xrays already show the reason for your pain. You have arthritis in your knees. An MRI is not going to add much info that is likely to be of any additional benefit. It's now time to work with your doctor to treat and minimize the effects of your arthritis. It may mean anti-inflammatory meds, weight loss, physical therapy, or many more modalities out there for treatment. You know why..now act! ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more