How Arthrograms Can Help with Chronic Joint Pain

How Arthrograms Can Help with Chronic Joint Pain

There are many different types of treatments for helping people with chronic pain. Some of these tools are also helpful in assessing the severity and location of the condition. Arthrograms fall into that category – they can help with the diagnostic process as well as the treatment strategies. Today our pain management associates Bedford TX specialists (in conjunction with our Benbrook team) will share a bit more about the variety of ways arthrograms can help with chronic joint pain.


What is An Arthrogram?

An arthrogram is a medical imaging test that uses a contrast agent, such as a dye, to enhance the visibility of joints during X-rays, MRIs or CT scans. By injecting the dye into the joint, doctors can pinpoint areas of inflammation, injury or deterioration that may be causing your pain. Unlike traditional X-rays or MRI scans, which only offer a static image, arthrograms allow doctors to see the joints in motion, greatly enhancing the accuracy of diagnoses.


Arthrograms & Joint Pain

There are several key advantages to using an arthrogram for chronic joint pain. Firstly, it helps to provide a more accurate diagnosis, which can lead to more effective treatment options. Without clear imaging, it can be challenging to determine the root cause of joint pain, which may result in unnecessary treatments or surgery.

Additionally, arthrograms can be used to monitor the progress of treatments, such as physical therapy or injections, by providing detailed images of the joint. This means that doctors can see exactly how well a treatment is working and make adjustments as needed.

Arthrograms are commonly used for diagnosing joint conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Torn ligaments
  • Cartilage damage

By accurately identifying the source of joint pain, doctors can develop more effective treatment plans and improve patients’ overall quality of life. Be sure to get in touch with one of our Bedford doctors accepting new patients (or through our clinic in Benbrook, TX) to learn more about how an arthrogram may be able to help you!


What to Expect

Overall, an arthrogram is a relatively painless procedure that can help doctors diagnose and treat joint problems more accurately. They require only a local anesthetic and can be completed in under an hour, with minimal recovery time. Here is quick snapshot of what you can expect during your arthrogram:

  • A doctor or medical professional will clean the injection area around the joint with an antiseptic and may give you a shot or numbing cream to reduce pain.
  • Next, a thin needle will be inserted into the joint, and dye will be injected to make it show up better on the x-ray images.
  • After the injection, you will be asked to move the joint around to help the dye distribute evenly.
  • An x-ray, or a similar imaging technique will be taken to examine the joint’s inside.
  • After the procedure, you will be asked to rest for a short time before leaving the hospital or clinic.


Risks and Side Effects

There are very few risks associated with this procedure. Patients with a fear of needles may want to mention this to their doctor prior to scheduling their arthrogram. It’s also important to share any history of allergic reactions to contrast dyes. Aside from that, a small percentage of patients may experience bleeding at the injection site. There can also be temporary discomfort or stiffness immediately following the procedure.


Pain Management Associates Bedford TX

If you are experiencing joint pain, speaking with your doctor about the potential benefits of arthrograms may be the first step towards finding relief. At Comprehensive Pain Institute, we offer many specialized treatments that can help you better manage your joint pain. Our specialists will work with you and your care team to create the best treatment plan for you. Call us today to schedule your visit!

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