For Americans 40 and over, knee pain is one of the most commonly reported orthopaedic issues, but what’s the best way to diagnose the cause of the pain? A recent study published by the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) suggests that middle-aged patients with knee pain should get a standing x-ray first and then determine if a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is necessary.
Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D., an orthopedist based in Long Island, NY, sees many patients with complaints of knee pain. Here are some reasons why patients with knee pain should first get an X-ray before getting an MRI.
Source: Mayo Clinic
- Cost-effective- MRIs are often not necessary to diagnose/treat knee pain and often cost patients a few thousand dollars. X-Rays generally cost a fraction of that.
- Overall effectiveness- In the JAAOS study, only half of those who went to get an MRI prior to seeing the orthopaedist had treatment dictated by the results of the MRI. Essentially, it was not as useful in determining treatment options.
- More efficient- Whereas MRIs can take up to 40 minutes, an X-Ray generally takes about 10-15 minutes.
Dr. Moriarty and his team have several diagnostic tools to assist you with your knee pain, such as X-rays and ultra-sound technology. For treatment purposes, Dr. Moriarty offers a myriad of services to relieve patients of knee pain, including trigger point injections, viscosupplementation and guided injections.
Think you or a loved one might need attention for knee pain or another orthopedic injury? Contact us today at our Huntington, NY location to discuss your treatment.
It’s summertime, and on Long Island in particular, boating is a great way to cool off and have fun outdoors. However, did you know that recreational boating accidents land thousands of people in the emergency room each year? In 2015 alone, over 4,000 boating accidents were reported in the U.S., the top two contributing reasons being operator inattention and operator inexperience.
In fact, Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D., an orthopedist based in Long Island, NY sees many cases at his practice during the summer months. Dr. Moriarty happens to be a recreational boater and fisherman himself ( as well as a former bay constable) and wants his patients to stay safe out on the water.
Summer is here; which means sun, sand and of course, swimming. Swimming is a great way to get exercise and cool off during the hot summer months and can even be great for the musculoskeletal conditions. However, swimming and diving can also lead to orthopedic injury–many of which can be prevented .
In fact, Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D., an orthopedist based in Long Island, NY sees many of these cases in his practice during the summer months. Here are safety tips before you splash into summer.
Shoveling snow during the winter time is a household chore. While this chore is usually a necessary task, it can lead to serious orthopedic injury or even put a strain on your heart. Common orthopedic injuries related to snow removal are: sprains, strains, lacerations and finger amputations.
Here are some tips to reduce your risk of injury while shoveling snow:
A snow blower is an extremely helpful tool to use to clear pathways during the winter months.
Snow blowers can also be dangerous if used improperly. Some common orthopedic injuries related to snow blowers include finger injuries, amputations, and back and shoulder strain. Some snow blowers units are heavy and cumbersome and may be inappropriate for patients with shoulder and back problems
Here are some ways to stay safe while operating a snow blower: