Sports Medicine
A Crucial Period
Good Pain, Bad Pain
On Your Knees
Secondary Injuries
Imaging Technology
What's Sciatica?
The Female Athlete
Putting Your Feet First
Itis Schmitis
Too Much, Too Soon
Under the Influence
What's Goin' On?
Think Inches, Not Pounds
Preventing Vaginitis
That Painful Pull
Athlete's Heart
Exercise & Arthritis
Chilled to the Bone
Measuring Body Fat
Exercise and Your Breasts
Choosing a Sports Doctor
Lean on Me (Shoulder)
Exercise & Anemia
Exercise Abuse
Pelvis Sighting
Hand Aid
It's All in the Wrist
Back in Action
Altitude Adjustment
Tennis Elbow, Anyone?
Exercising in the Heat
Agony of the Feet
Restless Legs
Night Time Cramps
Birth Control Concerns
No Periods, No Babies?
Post Partum Prescription
Weight Loss Mystery
Undesirable Cooldown
To Brew Or Not To Brew
Fitness After Baby
Biking and Back Pain
Swimmer's Shoulder
A Hidden Athlete
Avoiding Osteoporosis
Drug Testing
Maximum Heart Rate
Headway Against Headaches
Torn Rotator Cuff
Fat Figures
Bloody Urine
Sag Story
Lackluster Leg
Bothersome Bulge
Gaining in Years
Taking It On the Shin
Aching Ankles
Hoop Help
Tender Toes
Meals For Muscle
Growing Pains
Hot Tips
High Altitude PMS
Personal Bests
Air Pollution
Ankle Blues
Heartbreak Heel
Yeast Relief

Imaging Technology


"MRI is painless and there are no known side effects or after effects," says Frank Mangano, M.D., Medical Director of North County MR Center in Vista, California. "Only occasionally do physicians inject fluid into a joint, particularly the shoulder, to define the tissues involved better."

No Metal Allowed

If your doctor is considering MRI for you, it is extremely important that she have a detailed record of your medical history to determine whether you have metal implants in your body such as surgical staples or screws or an implanted drug-infusion device.

Although metal implants do not generally preclude you from having an MRI, one patient who had an aneurysm clip on a blood vessel in the brain died as a result of MRI because the magnetic force dislodged the clip.

Before you enter the MRI chamber, the technician should ensure that you leave all metal objects such as jewelry; coins, belts containing metal, hairpins, keys and credit cards outside of the scan room.

In addition, if you have permanent eyeliner, the machine may cause some swelling or edema around the eyes. Some makeup may contain iron and magnetic particles and should be removed.

MRI can identify with extraordinary clarity the degree of injury to tendon, ligament, cartilage and bone. "MRI has revolutionized body imaging in sports medicine, particularly for soft-tissue injuries like tendon and cartilage tears," Mangano says.

In the past, the available procedures could only indicate whether or not a tear existed, whereas MRI can detect the exact length of a tear.

This exactness can have significant implications for the management and treatment of your injury. A case of knee pain that can be treated conservatively is obviously different from a partial tear in the meniscus (the cartilage inside of the knee), which would need surgery.

There is one particular orthopedic use of MRI that is particularly helpful to women.

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