What is an ultrasound guided injection?
An Ultrasound Guided Injection is used to relieve pain, administer medication, and treat an assortment of conditions. This is a relatively new technology in the orthopedic field, but has gained a lot of interest for a number of reasons. The current literature proves that ultrasound guided injections are far superior to “blind” injections in regards to the accuracy of the needle placement. This is very important if the physician is trying to avoid more painful or dangerous areas, or if the physician wants to direct the treatment to a very specific area. In addition the ultrasound allows the physician to inject structures that would not normally be possible to hit “blindly” such as nerves, cysts, tendons, and fluid collections. These injections allow the physician to pinpoint the exact location of pain with precision. This helps increase the effectiveness of treatment and allows for the use of a thinner, less painful needle. These procedures do not require anesthesia, and there is no radiation from the ultrasound machine. A surprising number of patients actually enjoy watching the needle hit its target on the LCD screen.
Why Do I Need One?
Ultrasound Guided Injections are used to treat a variety of different symptoms and conditions:
- Pain from arthritis
- Pain from tendonitis
- Accurate targeting of a “problem area”
- Fluid removal or prevention
- Pain management prior to surgery
The multitude of benefits coupled with very few drawbacks make these special injections sought after in the sports medicine and orthopedic world.
Maintenance and Care: Post Ultrasound Guided Injection
It is important that you keep the injection site dry after the injection for at least 24 hours. You may use an ice pack to help manage the soreness. Verify with your doctor if an NSAID can be taken to help decrease soreness. Limit your activity, and ask your doctor when you may resume and how much is allowed. Depending on the treatment received, it will take differing amounts of time until you may see or feel results.
Wake Sports Medicine
As a part of the Wake Internal Medicine Consultants Group, we pride ourselves on our diligence and dedication to our patients’ health care. Our services are of the highest quality and use the newest technology. We want to bring the best care possible to get you back out there, while avoiding costly and painful surgery if possible. All of Wake Sports Medicine’s major injections are performed under ultrasound guidance. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at our Raleigh, NC office (919)719-2270!