In order to allow us to come up with the proper treatment for you we first have to diagnose the injury, we achieve this by way of either an MRI or X-Ray. To find out where our closest location is to you (Saratoga, Glens Falls, Queensbury, Lake George) visit our locations page. MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilized magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions such as ligament and cartilage tears. Our new GE Signa EXCITE is the industry’s leading 1.5 Tesla whole-body MRI system. North Country Sports Medicine is an accredited MRI facility. Accreditation has been received from the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of imaging quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
We have implemented state-of-the-art computerized radiography with the PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System.) PACS allows our medical staff to access studies (i.e. x-ray, CT, MRI, etc.) digitally stored in a central database. We can also copy x-rays taken in our main location onto a CD that the patient can carry with them to specialist appointments.
Regular use of anti-inflammatory drugs can help reduce the pain of arthritis. These medications need to be taken daily for maximal relief, and periodic lab tests are also necessary to monitor kidney and liver functions. Cortisone injections can also be used to help reduce the swelling and pain of arthritis.
In young, healthy knees there is a fluid that helps lubricate the knee and prevent pain. Part of the pain with arthritis is from loss of this fluid. Preparations of this lubricating fluid can be injected into the knee to help decrease the pain. This is a series of 3 to 5 injections spaced on week apart. Most patients can get six months to a year of pain relief.
It may not be necessary to undergo surgery for treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture. A new, FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment may be right for you. Please contact the office and ask for an appointment with our upper extremity specialist, Dr. Adam Brod to see if you may be a candidate.