Do I need an X-ray for my chronic joint pain?

Recent figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that approximately 14.6 million Americans suffer from severe joint pain. Joint pain is most often the result of sports-related injuries, overuse or repetitive motion, injury to the area, or age. trauma. Many people suffer from joint pain as a result of  chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Joint pain costs billions of dollars in lost productivity and pain management and can cause great stress on loved ones and an overall lower quality of life.

If you are one of these people, a physician or other health care professional may have recommended an X-ray or other medical imaging modality to confirm an initial diagnosis and help determine the best course of treatment.

In general, an X-ray series of the painful joint can be useful, however, there are risks involved, including exposure to radiation. Generally speaking, the amount of radiation during an X-ray series is similar to that you would receive from a few days to a few years of exposure to the natural radiation from our environment.

If you are pregnant, X-rays should be avoided.

The most important thing to remember about X-rays or any other medical imaging modality that may be recommended is that it is not a cure, nor does it provide any relief whatsoever. These medical imaging options are for diagnostic purposes only.

The recommendation of the specific imaging procedure is based upon the initial evaluation by the healthcare professional as well as diagnostic considerations and may include:

  • Conventional or digital X-ray - The most common modality for chronic joint pain.
  • Computed tomography (CT) - A computerized x-ray imaging procedure in which a narrow beam of x-rays is quickly rotated around the body, producing cross-sectional images - aka “slices" - of the body. 
  • Ultrasound - Uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - Uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within the body.

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