The benefits of playing sports are undeniable. From helping you control your weight and boosting energy, to improving your mood, promoting teamwork and contributing to better sleep, there are plenty of positive reasons to fit in that playing time. However, along with these benefits, comes the risk of injury. Sports injuries are common and occur in everyone from professional athletes to those who like to play pick-up games on the weekend. In 2017, the National Safety Council reported that there were nearly 8 million sports and recreational injuries that resulted in ER visits. And the National SAFE Kids Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics found that almost one-third of all injuries in childhood are sports-related injuries. But don’t let these statistics stop you from getting in the game. The professionals at Jefferson Outpatient Imaging want you to know: the important thing is that if an injury occurs, you get the proper treatment.

The same expertise that is trusted by Philadelphia’s professional sports teams is accessible throughout Philadelphia and the suburbs with Jefferson Outpatient Imaging (JOI). JOI offers exceptional care by pairing leading-edge technology with nationally recognized physicians. When treating a sports injury, you want to be sure that your doctor is getting as much information as possible to give the correct diagnosis. Oftentimes, this means your doctor orders some type of imaging, and they rely on the radiologist who views your images to give a thorough and accurate interpretation.

Common Sports Injuries

  • Ankle sprain
  • Tennis or golf elbow
  • Hamstring strain
  • Sciatica
  • Shin splints
  • Groin pull
  • Concussion
  • Knee Injuries
  • ACL tear
  • Hip flexor strain

All of the radiologists at Jefferson are subspecialized, meaning they receive extensive training in their specific field. JOI’s radiological specialties include neuroradiology, interventional radiology, and musculoskeletal radiology, to name a few. The musculoskeletal department consists of twelve radiologists who are leaders in their field. MSK radiology encompasses imaging of the bones, joints, and tendons.

When your doctor orders imaging, they may choose one or more modalities depending on what they’re looking for. Some types of imaging, like X-ray, are very common. Others, such as MSK Ultrasound, are highly specialized and require advanced training. JOI is one of the few facilities in the area to perform MSK Ultrasound.

Types of Imaging

More Common:

  • High Field MRI—typically used for soft tissue injuries, such as knees (ACL), groin (hernia), and shoulder (rotator cuff).
  • X-ray—typically used for bone fractures and dislocations

Less common:

  •  Fluoroscopy—X-ray is used in “camera form” to visualize injection into a joint
  • MSK Ultrasound—Ideal for showing small tears in the cartilage and ligaments. Uses sound wave technology to visualize area of concern. Unique because patients are able to move the area in question during the scan.

Injuries are never fun. But Jefferson Outpatient Imaging’s high standard of care makes the experience as stress-free as possible. With four convenient locations (Center City, Collegeville, East Norriton and Malvern) and easy scheduling, making an appointment won’t be an issue. (There are even weekend and evening hours available!) The environment is warm and inviting. And best of all, reports are available to your doctor within 24-48 hours.

Patients do not need to be connected with a Jefferson doctor to use the imaging facility. JOI accepts most insurances, but some plans may require patients to go to a specific facility. The knowledgeable insurance specialists on staff will verify this information for patients.

For more information, visit JeffersonHealth.org/JOI.

Center City

850 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Main Phone: 215-503-4900

East Norriton

1 West Germantown Pike

East Norriton, PA 19401

Main Phone: 610-277-3202

Collegeville

534 West 2nd Avenue

Collegeville, PA 19426

Main Phone: 610-831-0500

Malvern

650 Carnegie Boulevard

Malvern, PA 19355

Main Phone: 215-503-4900

To schedule an appointment, call 215-503-4900. 

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