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An Open MRI and Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a common complaint, and there are many possible causes. It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact source of the pain without professional help.

Open MRI is a great option for those who are looking for a more comfortable MRI experience. This type of MRI doesn’t require you to be in a small, enclosed space.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, talk to your doctor about whether an Open MRI would be a good option for you.



What are some common shoulder injuries?


There are many different types of shoulder injuries that can occur, ranging from minor strains to more serious conditions like rotator cuff tears. Some of the most common shoulder injuries include:

- AC joint sprains

- Rotator cuff tears

- SLAP tears

- Shoulder dislocation


The best way to prevent shoulder injuries is to warm up before exercising and to use proper form when lifting weights. If you do experience a shoulder injury, it's important to see a doctor or physical therapist so that you can get the proper treatment.


AC joint sprain


An acromioclavicular sprain is a sprain of the acromioclavicular joint, which is the joint between the acromion (the highest point of the shoulder blade) and the clavicle (the collarbone). The acromioclavicular joint is stabilized by a ligament, and a sprain occurs when this ligament is stretched or torn.


Acromioclavicular sprains can range from mild to severe, and treatment will depend on the extent of the injury. Mild sprains can often be treated with home care, such as ice and rest, while more severe sprains may require medical intervention.


If you think you may have an acromioclavicular sprain, it's important to see a doctor so that you can receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.


Rotator cuff tear


A rotator cuff tear is a common injury that can cause pain and weakness in the shoulder. The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that attach the shoulder blade to the upper arm bone. These muscles and tendons help lift the arm. A rotator cuff tear can occur suddenly, such as from a fall, or it can happen gradually over time from wear and tear.


If you have a rotator cuff tear, you may have pain when you try to lift your arm or reach overhead. You may also have weakness in your arm and difficulty moving your arm away from your body. A rotator cuff tear is a serious injury that can make it hard to do your everyday activities.


If you think you may have a rotator cuff tear, it is important to see a doctor right away. A doctor can do a physical exam and offer an MRI to check the severity.


SLAP tear


A SLAP tear is a tear in the labrum, which is cartilage that surrounds the shoulder socket. This can occur from overuse. Common symptoms of a SLAP tear include pain in the shoulder, weakness in the arm and a clicking or popping sensation when the arm is moved. The tear can cause the shoulder to feel unstable too.


Treatment typically includes rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medication. Physical therapy will also be recommended so the muscles and ligaments around the shoulder become stronger. Severe cases may need the repair to be surgical repaired.



How can an open MRI diagnose these conditions?


MRI uses a very strong magnetic field which allows doctors to see inside your body in a way previously only possible through surgery. An MRI is sometimes unavoidable when it comes to diagnosing what is wrong with a patient. Our scans are reported by Consultant Radiologists providing quality reports with a quick turnaround time.


Overall, our scanner is able to take high quality images with less restriction for the patient, so our expert radiologists can diagnose in a short amount of time.

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