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Ultrasound Guided Injection


 

Ultrasound Guided Injection

  • Injections are commonly utilized to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions. Commonly injected medications include cortisone, local anesthetics, and other products like hyaluronic acid or platelet rich plasma (PRP). In many cases, delivering an injection accurately to the target site is not as easy as it sounds. Many times, the slimmest margin of error can determine if an injection works or doesn’t.
  • Traditionally, injections were given “blind” requiring a doctor to have a degree of experience and anatomical knowledge. Even with that, there was no guarantee of success.
  • Now with ultrasound for image guidance, an injection can be performed much more accurately and carefully placed into the correct joint or soft tissue. Ultrasound use allows direct guidance of the needle to the target while avoiding other nerves and blood vessels resulting in less risk of damage to those structures. Additionally, ultrasound can allow for lower doses of steroid medication because of the enhanced precision.
  • Depending on the location, some studies have shown “blind” injections to only be accurate 40% of the time, while ultrasound guided injections to be accurate 99% of the time. Studies have also shown ultrasound guided injections to be less painful.
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Sports Health Northwest, Inc
12672 NW Barnes RD, STE 100
Portland, OR 97229
Phone: 503-747-6376
Fax: 503-530-8406
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