Ultrasound-guided joint injections are a very safe, non-invasive approach to treating joint pain and inflammation. It has the potential to help people resume their independence by decreasing pain in the joints of the body.
How Are Ultrasound-Guided Injections Performed?
Ultrasound technology captures live images of internal body structures through the application of high-frequency sound waves.
Instead of relying on touch and experience to determine optimal injection placement, the physician uses the imaging probe to create a live video of the joint tissues. The clear, detailed images guide the insertion of the needle and the administration of the medicine.
What Are the Benefits of Ultrasound-Guided Joint Injections?
Compared to blind injections, ultrasound guided injections have been proven to offer many benefits.
- Improved accuracy — Shoulder, wrist, hip, knee and ankle joints are complex anatomical structures, and the area that needs to be treated may be just a few millimeters in size. With ultrasound guidance, pain and anti-inflammatory medication can be injected into the ideal spot for long-lasting symptomatic relief.
- Improved safety — Because the healthcare provider can see exactly where the needle is going, the risk of complications from improper placement is greatly decreased.
- Reduced procedural pain — Ultrasound-guided injections are typically considered quicker and less painful than blind injections.