Joint pain can be discomfort, pain, or inflammation in any of the joints including hips, shoulders, or knees. Symptoms include joint redness, swelling, tenderness, warmth, limping, locking, decreased range of motion, stiffness, or weakness. To treat joint pain, interventional radiologists perform joint injections or joint aspirations.
Tendons connect muscles to bones and may become painful or inflamed. Tendon conditions may include pain in the achilles (ankle), elbow, hip, knee, or shoulder. To treat chronic tendon pain, interventional radiology uses a procedure called a tenotomy.
These fractures occur when the vertebral block of the spine collapses, which may cause severe pain, deformity, and loss of height. Symptoms of a vertebral compression fracture include sudden back pain, an increase in pain when standing or walking, a decrease in pain while lying on the back, and limited mobility. Interventional radiologists use a kyphoplasty to treat spine fractures.
When bone cells divide and multiply uncontrollably in condensed areas, a mass of abnormal bone tissue is formed known as a bone lesion. The majority of bone lesions are not life threatening but some could be cancerous. Consistent pain in the bone lesion should be addressed immediately as pain is associated with more malignant lesions.