Ultrasound Guided Injections
If you are suffering from chronic back or neck pain and have not found relief from conservative treatments such as medications and physical therapy, ultrasound guided injections may help. Let’s take a closer look at what ultrasound guided injections involve and how this quick, outpatient procedure may be able to alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life.
What is An Ultrasound Guided Injection?
An ultrasound guided injection uses ultrasound imaging technology to precisely administer medication while staying away from surrounding nerves and blood vessels. Rather than giving an injection into a general area, doctors can deliver the medication far closer to the actual source of pain and maximize relief as a result.
With ultrasound guided injections, you can enjoy safe, effective, and accurate treatment with minimal discomfort. You can expect to experience long-term relief from your pain after just one injection.
What Type of Injection is Used with Ultrasound Guidance?
The majority of the time, ultrasound guided injections use cortisone, which is a steroid that the adrenal gland naturally produces. A cortisone injection is a type of anti-inflammatory medication that can reduce inflammation in a certain area of the body.
What Happens During Ultrasound Guided Injections?
If a doctor determines that an ultrasound guided injection is right for you, you can expect for the procedure to take 30 minutes or less. First, local anesthesia will be used to numb the skin above your area of pain. Then, an ultrasound pod will be pressed onto your numbed skin so that all of the muscles, tendons, nerves, bones, and soft tissues can be easily visualized.
The real-time image that is generated will help guide the injection path and access the exact area of pain. Once the injection has been inserted and the needle is removed, you’ll be free to go home or return to work.
You will likely experience relief 2 to 3 days following your injection. If you do not notice any positive changes in your symptoms after a week, you should consult your doctor. In the event that you find relief yet the pain returns, additional injections may be necessary.
Contact EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region Today
If you believe that ultrasound guided injections may be the solution to your pain, it is in your best interest to contact EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region today. Our doctors will evaluate your condition and inform you whether an ultrasound guided injection, a conservative treatment, another non-invasive procedure, or surgery is ideal for your particular situation.