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X-Rays best way to diagnose knee pain in middle-aged patients, study stays

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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.
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Source: Mayo Clinic

  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.
  • 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.

Source: http://newsroom.aaos.org/media-resources/Press-releases/got-knee-pain-x-rays-the-first-and-best-screening-tool-in-diagnosing-knee-pain-among-middle-aged-patients.tekprint

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