Here at DG Rheumatology Clinic we strive to provide the newest and most effective treatment for our patients' health and well-being. We specialize in the treatment of diseases that effect joints, muscles, and bones and we look forward in helping you live an enjoyable life.
Joint injections are a minimally invasive treatment option used to relieve pain caused by inflammatory joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis and gout. Certain medications, such as corticosteroids or viscosupplementation, used to reduce inflammation and minimize pain, are injected into the affected joint. This medication only affects the targeted area and does not usually cause side effects. Joint injections are administered under local anesthesia and only cause mild, brief discomfort for patients.
In order to ensure the precise administration and most effective results from joint injections, Dr. Goodman performs these treatments under ultrasound guidance. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce real-time images of the internal structures of the body, with no radiation and no side effects.
Joint injections can be used to relieve pain in the:
Most patients can benefit from ultrasound-guided joint injections and are good candidates for treatment. Dr. Goodman will develop a customized treatment plan for each individual patient in order to achieve long-lasting pain relief.
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a non-invasive, radiation-free scanning technology that uses radio waves and magnetic fields to produce clear and detailed three-dimensional images of nearly all organs and hard and soft tissues in the body. MRI can be used to identify or precisely locate an injury or abnormality, to scan for developing problems or analyze damage from previous trauma, and to aid in the planning of surgery. The Extremity MRI is a specialty scanner for patients needing an exam of the arm, including elbow, wrist and hand, or the leg, including knee, ankle and foot. Designed to be more quiet and comfortable for patients needing these types of exams than a full-body MRI system, the new Extremity MRI provides the image quality previously available only with a whole-body MRI system.
Unlike x-rays, radioisotopes and CT scanning, MRI uses radiofrequency waves, making it safer than other methods that use radiation. Radio waves detect differences in water concentration and distribution in various body tissues. Each scan can last from two to 15 minutes, but up to six images may be needed for a proper diagnosis, for an average total exam time of about 15 to 45 minutes. Because MRI requires the use of magnetic fields, all metal must be removed before the scans can be performed.
The MRI procedure is an effective diagnostic tool that does not involve any exposure to radiation, and is the only procedure to produce images of the hard and soft tissue within the body.
Infusion therapy is a unique treatment method that delivers medication directly to damaged or diseased areas of the body for patients whose condition is so severe that it does not respond to oral administration. This type of treatment is often effective for patients with osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and more, and can help relieve pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints and muscles.
Infusion therapy most commonly involves intravenous drug administration, but may refer to intramuscular or epidural injections, depending on the type and severity of each patient's individual condition. The solution administered during treatment may consist of nutrients, antibiotics, chemotherapy or other types of medication. Dr. Goodman will customize your infusion therapy program based on your condition. Infusion treatments are provided in a comfortable room with the physician present to ensure safe and effective results.
In the past, patients undergoing infusion therapy were required to stay in an inpatient facility throughout the treatment process, making this treatment a costly and time-consuming endeavor. Now, patients can receive their infusion therapy in the office and avoid the need for an extended hospital stay. With our unique in-office program, patients are able to continue working and following their normal lifestyles while receiving the specialized care they need.