Imaging of the musculoskeletal system is vital to the accurate diagnosis of your condition and permits your orthopedic doctor to ascertain appropriate treatment. Better diagnostics produces better outcomes. Additionally, imaging significantly improves assessment of outcome via noninvasive monitoring of a disease or healing process.
At Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida (OSSWF), our in-office imaging services utilize advanced technologies and expert evaluation by your Fort Myers orthopedic surgeons. In-office imaging services offer convenience, easy access, exceptional service, and minimizes time traveled to an imaging center.
Our imaging services include:
If you’re ready to receive an accurate diagnosis from the top orthopedic surgeons Fort Myers has to offer, Orthopedic Specialists of SWFL is ready to help. Schedule your first consultation with us today.
Imaging Services at Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida include an advanced digital radiography system and MRI. Radiography, or X-ray, is the simplest way for a physician to diagnose a bone injury or disease, such as a fracture or arthritis. Traditionally this is done by viewing X-ray film on a light box.
Digital radiography is a cutting edge X-ray that provides more detail than a traditional X-ray and eliminates the need to develop films, which reduces patient wait time. Although X-rays are an excellent way to view the bones in the body, they are incapable of viewing the soft tissues.
A digital MRI provides a fast scan and offers a definitive diagnosis that identifies the degree and extent of the injury or disorder, without radiation. An MRI provides detailed images of ligaments, tendons, cartilage, nerves, and muscles, as well as bones, to identify injury, damage, and the existence of conditions like osteoarthritis.
EMG Testing & Nerve Conduction Studies
An EMG (electromyography) test assesses the health of the muscles by measuring their electrical activity. This test is utilized when a patient has signs or symptoms of a muscle or nerve disorder such as tingling, numbness, weakness, cramping or muscle pain. A finding that there is muscle or nerve damage may be due to a herniated disc, ALS or another disease that damages the nerves and/or muscles. It is also used to diagnose the cause of muscle weakness, paralysis and twitching.
Nerve conduction studies measure the electrical signals that control the muscles. This test helps to locate damage in the peripheral nervous system, which are the nerves that lead away from the brain and spinal cord. This is a helpful study used to identify carpal tunnel syndrome.
No, these tests are not painful. You may feel a slight pinching sensation during the EMG test as the needle is inserted into the muscle, but this should not be painful. The nerve conduction study may also cause a mild tingling sensation.
At OSSWF, we don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach. That means that once we achieve an accurate diagnosis, you’ll work directly with one of our physicians in order to develop a unique treatment plan designed for your needs.
Yes! At OSSWF, we want premium orthopedic care to be available to as many patients as possible. That’s why we’re proud to accept insurance from a variety of providers across the Southwest Florida region. Visit our Insurance page to learn more about our providers, and feel free to reach out to our friendly and compassionate staff with any questions.
OSSWF makes it easy to get started on your road to a complete recovery. Just use our online scheduling tool to request your first consultation with us. We can’t wait to get started.