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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.

  Filed under: Categories: injections, MRI Scans, MSK, News, Orthopedic, pain management, Sport Medicine, Sports Injuries, therapeutic injections, and Ultrasound Scans. Tags: BC, frozen shoulder, hydrodilatation, MRI Vancouver, pain injection, shoulder pain, and Vancouver.
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Dr. O is lecturing in Liverpool

Dr. Hugue Ouellette is at the UK Radiological Congress this week delivering lectures on the Future of CT Imaging. The UKRC is the UK’s largest imaging event.

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If everyone adopted four healthy lifestyle behaviors, half all all cancers could be prevented.

A recent study published in JAMA Oncology, suggests that roughly half of all cancer deaths and diagnoses in the U.S. could be prevented by adopting four healthy lifestyle attributes:

 

  1. Quit Smoking
  2. Maintain a healthful weight
  3. Watch your alcohol intake
  4. Exercise 150 minutes or more per week

 

The results suggest that the most effective way to fight cancer is through healthful habits.

 

This Los Angeles Times article summarizes the findings of the large study.

 

 

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A simple test for heart disease predicts long-term mortality

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Canadians–but the good news is that a simple test that can accurately predict long term mortality (chance of death in next 15 years) is available and it can help guide preventive management.

Coronary Artery Calcification (CAC) is a reflection of disease in the arteries that supply the heart. We’ve known for a few years now, that the amount of CAC can predict whether a patient is at risk for a serious cardiac “event” in the next five years. A recent large-scale study has shown that CAC results are even more valuable: they found that CAC was highly predictive for up to 15 years.

When a patient is shown to have calcium in their coronary arteries, they have coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD may be mild or advanced, but this important information helps you and your doctor come up with a game plan that might include some lifestyle changes or medication.

A test for CAC is a simple scan done by CT – it’s completely non-invasive, takes only minutes and doesn’t require any preparation by the patient. The test measures the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries and then provides a score of your relative risks of having a serious cardiac event in the next several years.

Canada Diagnostic Centres has been providing CAC exams since 2000 and is one of the most experienced facilities in Canada in providing this test. For more information about this useful exam, click here or give us a call at 604-709-8522.

  Filed under: Categories: Cardiovascular, CT Scans, Early Detection, News, and Screening Exams. Tags: Calcium Score, coronary, coronary calcium, heart attack risk, heart disease, Private CT, and Private MRI.
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Back Pain? SFU Archeologists may know why.

Dr. Kimberly Plomp and Professor Mark Collard of the SFU Evolutionary Studies Program are finding evidence that disc herniations may be related to the human evolution of walking upright.

This research may be beneficial to the population at large. Dr. Plomp thinks that their findings may be able to help doctors identify people who might be more at risk for disk herniation due to their spine characteristics, and thus can benefit from preventative care.  To read Dr. Plomp’s research article, click here.  The Vancouver Sun, as well as several international newspapers have published articles on Dr. Plomp’s hypothesis and research.

Canada Diagnostic Centres is proud to be working with Dr. Plomp and her team by providing spine imaging data. Some of our patients may volunteer to have their images included in Dr. Plomp’s important research – please call Shelley James to learn more at 604-709-8522.

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