Ultra Sound Guided Injection

What is ultrasound guided injection?

Inflammatory joint and muscle problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and gout can be relieved with joint injections that are a minimally invasive treatment. Medications such as corticosteroids and hyaluronic acid preparations are commonly injected into the affected joint to help relieve pain and inflammation caused by these conditions.

The medications normally have no side effects and only affect the areas that have been targeted. Joint injections are given under local anesthetic and are only slightly uncomfortable

 

 

Why ultrasound guided injection?

A cortisone injection guided by ultrasound allows for a very precise application of the treatment or medication to a specified region. This level of precision is particularly critical when there are more painful or dangerous places nearby the injection site. Arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, joint and muscle pain, neck and back pain, sciatica, tendinopathy, and other conditions can all be treated with ultrasound-guided injections.

During the procedure

When performing an injection, ultrasonic waves bounce back from the needle as it moves through the body’s tissues, providing for clear sight of the needle tip and thus perfect injection guidance to the target site.

During the procedure, a sterile gel is placed onto the skin. The ultrasonic probe is then placed near the target. Finally, an ultrasound image is used to guide the needle’s tip to the target site. Corticosteroid, hyaluronic acid, or PRP (platelet-rich plasma) can all be injected using ultrasound guidance.

What are the benefits?

Ultrasound guided injections are nearly 100 percent accurate. Numerous studies have shown that physicians are between 60 and 80 percent accurate with “blind” injections. It makes a difference how accurate the injection is when you require pain relief and beneficial results. Ultrasound injections are often less painful and move considerably faster than “blind” injections.

Ultrasound is a simple and quick procedure. You won’t have to go to the hospital. With most injections, you can be in and out of the injection room in 5-10 minutes.

 

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