New Way To Diagnose and Treat Arthritis – Using Old Technology

(Photo Credit: CBS)An old technology used in many medical diagnostic procedures now has a new purpose – as part of treatment for arthritis.

Doctors can now use ultrasound methods to not only pinpoint inflammation with more accuracy, but also as a guide in administering injections, such as cortisone or hylan G-F20, to be assured they reach the affected joints.

Benefits of this new treatment are patients avoiding exposure to radiation that accompanies traditional X-rays, and the high cost of MRI’s. Ultrasound arthritis treatment is both less expensive and pain management can be felt in a shorter period of time.

 

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

CBS Local: Ultrasound Offering Arthritis Patients Some Relief

OzarksFirst.com: Old Technology Has New Use for Arthritis Sufferers

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