Medical services

Diagnostic Ultrasound Wadsworth

Diagnostic ultrasound, also known as Medical sonography (ultrasonography) is an ultrasound-based diagnostic medical imaging technique. Diagnostic ultrasound (Medical Sonograpy) is a safe, painless way to examine internal organs that avoids the use of radiation. High-frequency sound waves are generated and the echoes that result from their bouncing off the soft tissue structures such as muscles or tendons and can be used to measure size, or detect structural abnormalities, and also to help determine whether a lump is solid or fluid-filled. Our team here in the Wadsworth area uses this very successfully to help many of our patients understand the extent of their condition. Ultrasound has been used for over 50 years by radiologists and sonographers to image the human body, and it has become one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine. The technology is inexpensive and portable, especially when looked at in comparison with other techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). Ultrasound used correctly has limited risks to the patient and it is described as a safe test as it doesn’t use any radiation which can cause chromosome breakage or cancer development. However, ultrasonic energy has two potential physiological effects: it enhances inflammatory response; and it can heat soft tissue. Ultrasound energy produces a mechanical pressure wave through soft tissue. This pressure wave can cause microscopic bubbles in the live tissues and distortion of the cell membrane, influencing ion fluxes and intracellular activity. When ultrasound enters the body, it causes molecular friction and heats the tissues slightly; this is very minor as the tissues dissipate most of the heat generated.

Joint Injections

A joint injection (intra-articular injection) is a practice used to treat inflammatory joint conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendinitis, bursitis and occasionally osteoarthritis.
A hypodermic needle is injected into the affected joint where it places a measured dose of any one of many anti-inflammatory agents, the most common of which are corticosteroids. Hyaluronic acid, because of its high viscosity, is sometimes used to replace bursa fluids. The technique can also be used to withdraw excess fluid from a joint.

Medically Directed Rehab

There is a fresh way to help make your life more pleasant through therapeutic services. The goal of the Integrative Physical Medicine Medically Directed Rehab Program is to enhance well-being improve the lifestyles of all patients. The Medically Directed Rehab Program is comprised of traditional health education, therapy services, and medically-directed exercise programs individually tailored to your specific needs and abilities. Nerve Conduction Study

A nerve conduction study (NCS) is a test commonly used to evaluate the nerve function; the test is used to look at the ability of electrical conduction of the motor and sensory nerves of the body. Our Wadsworth area team employs this test to help establish the best course of care for our patients. Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) is a common measurement made during this test, the term NCV often is used to mean the actual test, but this may be misleading since velocity is only one measurement in the test group. Nerve conduction studies are predominantly used for assessment of paresthesias (which is numbness, tingling and/or burning) and/or weakness of the arms and legs. The type of study needed depends in part by the symptoms of the patient. A full medical history and a medical examination are important during this procedure.

Some of the common conditions which can be diagnosed by nerve conduction studies are:
• Peripheral neuropathy
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Guillain-Barré syndrome
• Spinal disc herniation
• Ulnar neuropathy
• Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy

Trigger Point Injections Wadsworth

Trigger point injections are used to treat areas of muscle that are in pain and contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that are produced when muscles cannot relax. It is possible to feel these knots under the skin, and it’s fairly common that trigger points irritate the nerves around them. This causes pain to be felt in another part of the body, known as a referred pain. Our Wadsworth team has discovered that many of our patient’s complaints respond very well to this type of treatment. The trigger point injection procedure consists of a injecting a solution through a small needle into the patient’s trigger point problem area. The solution has in it a local anesthetic that also sometimes includes a corticosteroid. When injected, the trigger point is made inactive and the pain is relieved. More often than not a brief course of treatment will result in long-term relief. Injections are given in a doctor’s office and usually take just a few minutes. Several sites may be injected in one visit. If a patient has an allergy to a certain medication, a dry-needle technique (involving no medications) can be employed. Trigger point injection is used to treat many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. Trigger point injection can also be used to effectively treat fibromyalgia and tension headaches. Trigger point injection is also used to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle) that does not respond to other treatments. It is worth noting that the effectiveness of trigger point injections for treating myofascial pain is still being evaluated and studied.

Video Fluroscopy Wadsworth

Integrative Physical Medicine, formally known as MaxLife Health and Wellness is pleased to be the only provider in the area to offer Digital Motion X-Ray. This innovative imaging technique allows us to see injuries that would be invisible to traditional x-rays.
Until recently it proved difficult to diagnose ligament injuries as standard x-ray, MRI, and CT will not show these types of injuries.
Digital Motion X-ray (DMX) assists our doctors in making a quick and accurate diagnosis for patients that have any ligament damage.
In addition, Digital Motion X-ray allows our doctors to:
• Detect ligament injuries objectively
• Increase patient understanding and compliance
• Make the most reliable and accurate diagnosis
• Provide proof of injury
• Substantiate patient care

Supartz Injections Wadsworth

Supartz is a solution of highly purified sodium hyaluronate; it is one of the hyaluronates used in viscosupplementation. This solution is injected straight to the knee joint to restore the cushioning and lubricating properties of normal joint fluid.
The injections are approved for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee in those who have failed to respond to simple painkillers or exercise. Use for other joints is being studied.
Ask our Wadsworth area team if this particular treatment can help you with your condition.

X-Ray

X-ray is defined as a form of electromagnetic radiation, similar to light but of shorter wavelength and capable of penetrating solids and of ionizing gases. X-rays allow chiropractors and doctors to view bones and joints with clarity, and to a small extent, the related soft tissues. With the help of x-rays, chiropractors can provide more effective evaluation of the health of your bones and provide you with a more accurate diagnosis. An x-ray taken whilst you are in a standing or weight-bearing position will show the normal and abnormal curves of the spine as well as the severity to any changes in joints. The chiropractor can assess the general health of your bones and ascertain if you have any congenital anomalies (unusual shapes to your bones from birth), fractures, dislocations, and arthritic conditions, infections of the bones, or joints and tumor’s which would all impact on the course of treatment offered.