Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Centers
Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine located in Lincoln Square & Wicker Park, Chicago, IL
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan produces a detailed image that shows what an injury looks like on the inside. At Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers in Lincoln Square and Wicker Park, Chicago, expert Orthopaedic surgeons use MRI scans to diagnose injuries and plan appropriate and effective treatments. To schedule an appointment, call either office or book online today.
MRI Q & A
What is MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an advanced diagnostic imaging scan. It allows your providers to see your bones, cartilage, organs, and soft tissues without cutting you open. Through the MRI scans, they can detect injuries, damage, and growths of all kinds.
An MRI scan uses a large magnet and radiofrequency energy to produce detailed images on a computer. Unlike X-ray imaging, which can also make such diagnoses, MRI scans don’t use ionizing radiation.
The MRI machine is large and cylindrical. During the test, you lay still inside the machine as it creates a magnetic field around you while a scanner emits pulsed radiofrequency waves. The radiofrequency briefly pushes the nuclei from your atoms out of place, and the nuclei send radiofrequency signals back. A computer receives them and forms an image.
When do I need an MRI scan?
Magnetic resonance imaging scans can help your providers at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers diagnose and assess the severity of many of the most common orthopaedic injuries, both big and small. The results of an MRI scan also help them plan treatments and surgeries for specific injuries.
You might need an MRI scan to detect or rule out injuries like:
- Cartilage damage
- Disc problems
- Joint dislocations
As soon as your MRI scans become available, your providers at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers interpret the results and let you know what they mean.
How should I prepare for an MRI scan?
Before you get an MRI scan at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers, your providers give you a set of instructions to follow leading up to the scans. Unlike other diagnostic tests, you can eat and drink as you normally would and continue taking all of your usual medications.
Because of the mechanisms of an MRI machine, certain objects can disrupt the process or even be dangerous to have in the room. You should be sure to remove:
- Hair accessories
- Hearing aids
- Underwire bras
- Makeup containing metal particles
During your MRI scan, you’ll be in an enclosed space for the test’s duration. If you’re prone to claustrophobia, your providers may offer a sedative medication before you enter the scanner.
To schedule a consultation and find out if you need a diagnostic MRI, call Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers or book an appointment online today.
Do your knees ache with every step you take? Is your shoulder so stiff in the morning that it refuses to move? Have you considered having a joint replacement surgery, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you? Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers' highly trained team can help you determine if a joint replacement is suitable for you.
More than one million fractures happen every year in the United States. If this statistic includes you, seek treatment right away to increase your chances of making a full recovery. The experienced orthopaedic specialists at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers diagnose and treat fractures to get you on the road to recovery quickly.
Sports injuries are common, but getting the proper care needed to make a full recovery is essential if you’re an athlete. The specialists at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers offer comprehensive sports medicine services to get you back on the rink, court, or field as quickly as possible.
Pain and Injuries Treated
Ankle & Foot Injuries
Ankle and foot injuries are common, especially if you play sports or have a chronic disease. Schedule an appointment with Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers to learn more about your options.
Shoulder injuries occur in your shoulder joint, which connects your torso to your upper arm. The joint is made up of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Shoulder injuries are common, but you don’t have to live with the pain they often cause.
Knee pain is common, affecting most people at some point within their lifetime. Whether knee pain is due to an injury or degeneration associated with a disease, the experienced orthopaedic specialists at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers offer solutions.
Hand and Wrist Pain
Hand and wrist pain can disrupt your life, causing problems with work, leisure-time activities, and ordinary daily routines. If you have persistent hand and wrist pain, it’s time to find out why and determine how to stop it.
Back & Neck Pain
While common, neck and back pain can significantly diminish your quality of life. Fortunately, help is within reach at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers. The skilled medical team finds the root cause of your discomfort and treats it to give you the relief you deserve.
If you struggle to walk because of persistent hip pain, it’s time to consider your options for treatment. The team at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to ease pain and restore your hip function based on your individual needs.
Elbow pain often results from overuse, and can significantly affect your ability to play sports or complete simple everyday tasks. Our experienced orthopaedic specialists offer solutions to ease elbow pain and restore your quality of life.
Foot pain can drastically hinder your quality of life by limiting mobility. If you experience long-lasting or severe foot pain, our experienced orthopaedic specialists offer conservative, medicinal, and surgical options for treating foot pain to get you back on your feet.