Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain.

Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. Joint pain is extremely common. In one national survey, about one-third of adults reported having joint pain within the past 30 days.

Knee pain was the most common complaint, followed by shoulder and hip pain, but joint pain can affect any part of your body, from your ankles and feet to your shoulders and hands.

As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common.

Joint pain can range from mildly irritating to debilitating. It may go away after a few weeks or last for several weeks or months. Even short-term pain and swelling in the joints can affect your quality of life.

Whatever the cause of joint pain, you can usually manage it with medication, physical therapy, or alternative treatments. However, there are times where surgery may be your best option.

In order to determine the best course of treatment, medical providers will often order imaging studies to correlate, confirm or rule out their suspicions. The most common joint imaging is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

MRI does a great job of imaging the joints to identify problems such as tears in ligaments or cartilage. At Capitol Imaging Services, we offer a variety of MRI systems including open MRI, high field MRI and ultra-high field MRI. Our MRI portfolio provides the appropriate imaging solutions based on patient and provider needs.

Capitol Imaging Services often lowers out of pocket costs by performing exams at lower fees. For people with unfulfilled health insurance deductibles, that’s a major financial advantage. In addition, MRI exams of the joint are often interpreted by a  radiology subspecialist in musculoskeletal imaging, whereas other providers may not have a specialist available to provide that type of service.

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