OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine offers ultrasound-guided injections to patients suffering from a number of acute and chronic conditions in the Dallas, Ft. Worth and Arlington area. Ultrasound allows the soft tissue structures such as, muscles, tendons, ligaments, arteries and nerves to be visualized. In addition, ultrasound can identify any pathologic changes within soft tissue structures. The benefit to using ultrasound during injections is to increases accuracy and minimize the risk of injury to adjacent nerves or blood vessels.
What Injuries can Ultrasound-Guided Injections Treat?
- Baker’s Cyst
- Carpal Tunnel
- Chondromalacia Patella
- Frozen Shoulder
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Tennis Elbow
What Injection is Used with Ultrasound Guidance?
In most cases, cortisone injections are used with ultrasound guidance. Cortisone is a type of steroid that is naturally produced in the body by the adrenal gland. When the body is under stress Cortisol is released into the blood stream. A cortisone injection is a high concentration of anti-inflammatory medication. The goal of a cortisone shot is to decrease inflammation in a certain area of the body. Cortisone shots are most commonly injected into joints, such as ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine and wrist.
Once the shot is given, some patients report slight pain, but is usually well tolerated. Typically, cortisone injections work within a few days and last up to several weeks. It is important to note that in most cases patients do not want to receive more than three cortisone shots. There is not specific limit, but some studies have shown that repeated cortisone injections can have a weakening affects on the tendons and softening of the cartilage, which is the reason we limit the number of injections offered to patients.