Why You Should Go to an Orthopedist for Ultra-Sound Guided Injections

Why You Should Go to an Orthopedist for Ultra-Sound Guided Injections

by Stephanie Meadows

Ultrasound guided injections have been widely used as an effective tool for the precision treatment of musculoskeletal pain management in recent years. With greater accuracy and safety, these injections are used both as a form of diagnostic testing, and for treatment purposes of a variety of injuries.

 What is an ultrasound guided injection?

An ultrasound guided injection combines both ultrasound technology and medication. In other words, ultrasound technology provides real-time imaging of abnormalities in nerves, bone, muscles, tendons, and other body parts. Once the injury is identified, a needle is introduced precisely to the injured spot guided by the real-time imaging. The procedure allows orthopedic surgeons to target spots that were not previously possible, and inject medication precisely and effectively into the degenerated area, without injuring nearby nerves, blood vessels, and other structures. 

Ultrasound guided injections ensure the most accurate and precise delivery of the injection into the site of injury. The procedure is widely used to treat painful musculoskeletal conditions associated with sports injuries, nerve injury, and degenerative disorders such as arthritis. Before ultrasound guided injections were available, injections had a higher probability of missing their mark, ultimately failing at treating the affected area.

Although ultrasound guided injections are considered an effective method to treat painful musculoskeletal symptoms, the procedure has also showed its effectiveness in relieving nerve impingement and inflammation of tendons, bones, and deep tissues. Ultrasound Guided Injections can be used to treat a number of conditions:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder tendon tear or tendinitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golfer’ elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome impacting the wrist
  • Neck pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Cancer-related Pain
  • Peripheral vascular Pain
  • Nerve injury

 Why should you go to an orthopedist for ultrasound guided injections?

  • A viable alternative to surgery
  • No blind injection and greater accuracy in injecting medications
  • Saves patients from being exposed to dangerous forms of radiation
  • Used for both diagnostic and treatment methods
  • Improved quality of injections and assured effectiveness
  • Higher precision ensures reduced risk of complications
  • Best to treat musculoskeletal pain without harming surrounding tissue
  • Minimally invasive and fast recovery

To learn more about Ultrasound Guided Injections, and how they can help, call Powell & Jones Orthopedic Center at (205) 877-9191 to request an appointment, or request one online.