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Frozen Shoulder – What is it? How do you fix it?

The medical term is adhesive capsulitis, and if you’ve ever suffered with frozen shoulder, you know how painful and frustrating it can be. Your pain may even worsen at night, disrupting your sleep.

Frozen shoulder can go through three stages: Freezing where it gets stiffer over time, Frozen where your range of motion is quite limited and Thawing where your frozen shoulder starts regaining its range. The whole process can take a couple of years!

What’s actually happening is that the structures that make up your shouder are encased in a capsule of connective tissue that tightens around the shoulder. Risk factors include being over age 40, having reduced arm mobility due to other factors (broken arm, arthritis) and some chronic health conditions like diabetes.

What can you do about frozen shoulder? See your doctor who can confirm the diagnosis. Then try a conservative approach with over-the-counter pain medication and physical therapy. If those just aren’t helping, you can talk to your doctor about having an image-guided injection.

A special type of image-guided injection called hydrodilatation–where sterile water is injected into the shoulder joint and stretches the capsule–gives instant and permanent relief of the dreaded frozen shoulder. Sometimes hydrodilatation is the therapy of choice for active people who want to get back to their favourite activities as soon as possible.

Call us at 604-709-8522 or email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com  to learn more about hydrodilatation at our clinic or any of our other image-guided injections for pain relief.

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Primary Care Doctors say Imaging Improves Patient Care

Do we use too much medical imaging? Not according to primary care doctors in a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The study surveyed 500 primary care doctors in the U.S. – 88% of the physicians surveyed said that diagnostic imaging allows them to be more confident in their diagnoses and to make better clinical decisions. All that equals better patient care in their books.

In both the United States and Canada, medical imaging is viewed as a costly component of the healthcare system and ways to cut those costs are being explored. Practical guidelines have been developed both in Canada and the U.S. to help doctors choose the most appropriate type of imaging for their patients’ particular symptoms. The goal of these guidelines is to help eliminate unnecessary or redundant testing.

At Canada Diagnostic, we are able to offer MRI, CT and Ultrasound so that you can get the best test possible for your unique needs. Our radiologists are available to speak with your doctors anytime to help determine what the best test is. Each type of test provides a different type of information, so its important to choose the best one for diagnostic accuracy.

Find out how we can help – call us today at 604-709-8522 or email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com

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A cure for “Jumper’s Knee”?

Do you have patellar tendinitis or tendinopathy – also known as Jumper’s Knee?  This can be a stubborn condition that causes pain when jumping or kneeling and is usually caused by overuse.

Tendinopathies can be hard to heal – tendons don’t have a rich blood supply which is necessary for healing.  Blood carries “repair” components to the injury site including, healing cells, and the body’s own chemicals necessary for healing (growth factors).

When Jumper’s Knee becomes chronic and traditional conservative therapies (rest, physiotherapy, bracing) haven’t improved matters, it might be time to try something new:  hcPRP.

hcPRP, or highly-concentrated platelet-rich plasma, is a concentration of blood platelets, made from your own blood and injected directly into the tendon.  What does it do?  Well, it delivers platelets, full of the healing ingredients that can kick-start the repair process of stubborn injuries.

Canada Diagnostic Centres in Vancouver is the only place in Canada that you can get hcPRP treatments.  There are other platelet-rich-plasma treatments available, but they only concentrate the platelets to 5-8x baseline and multiple injections are usually required.  With hcPRP, we concentrate the platelets to 25-45x baseline and one injection is generally all that is required.

An important component to our treatments is that we use image-guidance for our injections.  We use either ultrasound or CT to help the radiologist visualize exactly where the injection needs to go and to help him ensure the needle delivers the hcPRP to the exact spots it is needed most.  Result?  More accurate placement of hcPRP resulting in better healing.

Will hcPRP help you?  We have had a lot of success treating a number of chronic tendinopathies with hcPRP, so if you have been diagnosed with Jumper’s Knee or patellar tendonopathy, give us a call to learn more about hcPRP.

Call us today at 1-877-709-8522 to learn more.

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Mayo Clinic study finds PRP safe and effective

A study done at the Mayo Clinic, and published in the October 2011 Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, finds that needle tenotomy plus PRP is a “safe and effective treatment for chronic, recalcitrant tendinopathy”.

The patients who participated in the study each had stubborn tendon problems.  The tendons treated in the study were located in the upper arms (including elbows), legs, ankles and feet. 

The researchers at the Mayo Clinic used needle tenotomy (in simple terms, “poking” the tendon with a needle) before injecting the PRP into the injured tendon.  Their aim was to create more surface area for the PRP to latch on to, increasing the amount of tissue regeneration stimulation that could occur.

Highly-concentrated platelet-rich plasma (hcPRP) is now available at Canada Diagnostic .  Email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com or call us at 1-877-709-8522 to learn more.

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Pain Management – Now Available!

Has your doctor discussed therapeutic injections for managing your pain?  

Your doctor may have recommended a therapeutic  injection to help reduce the pain you are experiencing, or to help pinpoint the source of your pain.  A local anaesthetic is used to temporarily dull the pain in the area being treated and often a steroid is also used to help reduce inflammation or irritation of a nerve, tendon or ligament.

At Canada Diagnostic Centres, we use image-guidance – meaning we use either ultrasound or CT to help our radiologist ensure the most precise placement of the needle in order to maximize the success of the injection.

To ensure you are a good candidate for an injection at Canada Diagnostic, our radiologists will review your doctor’s referral and diagnostic imaging before we make an appointment with you. 

Areas we treat:  Shoulder / Elbow / Hip / Knee / Ankle / Lumbar Region

Contact us today to learn more:

Phone:  604-709-8522 or toll free 1-877-709-8522

Email:  info@canadadiagnostic.com

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