Recent advances in high-resolution Ultrasound (US) imaging present new opportunities in improving the care of patients with pain due to musculoskeletal and nerve injuries. US uses sound waves to provide real-time, high resolution images of tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves throughout the body. US allows us to deliver treatments precisely and safely to the effected tissue. During ultrasound-guided injections, Dr Binegar and his trained staff can directly visualize the needle passing to the targeted tissue. Direct visualization ensures accurate placement of the medication and offers a greater margin of safety. Smaller needles can be used, improving patient comfort and potentially reducing risk to the patient.
Applications for ultra-sound-guided injections include:
- Needle placement into joints for injection
- Injection into tendon sheaths and bursa
- Aspiration and injection of ganglion cysts
- Diagnostic or therapeutic nerve blocks, including carpal tunnel syndrome
Traditionally many doctors still do the above mentioned joint/nerve blocks with what is referred to as a blind or landmark technique. With US we are able to see the structure and therefore the possibilities of helping relieve your pain are greatly enhanced.