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Ultrasound guided injections

Diagnosis for Arthritis with the use of Ultrasound

Ultrasound technology captures live images of internal body structures through the application of high-frequency sound waves. Physicians also frequently take advantage of this safe, non-invasive technology when performing joint injections

Guided injections are much like conventional injections, but with one key difference - ultrasound provides the doctor with "X-ray vision" for performing the procedure.

Instead of relying on touch and experience to determine optimal injection placement, the physician uses the imaging probe to create a live video of the joint tissues. The clear, detailed images guide the insertion of the needle and the administration of the medicine.

What Are the Benefits of Ultrasound-Guided Joint Injections?

Diagnosis for Arthritis with the use of Ultrasound

With experience, a skilled and trained physical medicine and rehabilitation physician can identify the proper placement for some types of joint injections without using imaging technology. However, doctors often prefer guided injections, as they offer several significant benefits.

  • Improved accuracy - Shoulder, wrist, hip, knee and ankle joints are complex anatomical structures, and the area that needs to be treated may be just a few millimeters in size. With ultrasound guidance, pain and anti-inflammatory medication can be injected into the ideal spot for long-lasting symptomatic relief.
  • Improved safety - After more than 20 years of use, ultrasound imaging is known to be safe. And since the physician can see exactly where the needle is going, the risk of complications from improper placement is greatly decreased.
  • Reduced procedural pain - Ultrasound-guided injections are typically considered quicker and less painful than conventional injections.

How Long Is the Recovery from Ultrasound-Guided Injections?

Diagnosis for Arthritis with the use of Ultrasound

Before scheduling you for a joint injection, your physician will provide you with specific information and instructions for your recovery.

Most patients are instructed to rest the affected joint as much as possible during the 24 to 48 hours after an injection. The medication can take a few days to begin working and getting adequate rest can help patients achieve the maximum benefit from the procedure.

In addition, patients should be aware that pain may increase during the 12 to 48 hours following a joint injection. The needle can create additional inflammation in the affected area, which may lead to heightened pain. If this happens to you, applying ice and taking your regular pain medication should be enough to provide relief. However, you should contact your physician if these measures are inadequate or if you become concerned about your pain level.

Diagnosis for Arthritis with the use of Ultrasound

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