The effectiveness of joint injections is reliant upon how well the clinician positions the needle to deliver medications and numbing agents. Ultrasound technology provides us with an image of the joint to ensure an accurate delivery of the injection. Central Florida Pain Management offers ultrasound-guided joint injections for chronic pain that is experienced by residents of Ocala, The Villages, and nearby areas of central Florida.
What Are Ultrasound-guided Joint Injections?
Ultrasound-guided joint injections are performed using ultrasound technology to guide our positioning of the needle. This ensures that the appropriate amount of medication, numbing agent, or joint lubrication is delivered as intended. For a hip, knee and glenohumeral joint injection, ultrasound enables exceptional success rates in treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Ultrasound-guided Joint Injections?
The primary benefit of ultrasound-guided hip injection treatments and similar procedures is the precision with which medications are delivered into the affected joint. Compared to approaches that do not use ultrasound technology during the administration of medications, ultrasound-guided joint injections offer improved outcomes for patients.
Am I a Candidate for Ultrasound-guided Joint Injections?
If you suffer from joint-related chronic pain, you may be a good candidate for an ultrasound-guided shoulder injection or similar type of injection for the knees, shoulders, and other joints. After evaluating your condition and symptoms, we will let you know of ultrasound-guided joint injections are your best option to alleviate chronic pain.
How Are Ultrasound-guided Joint Injections Performed?
Ultrasound provides a “live image” that allows us to visibly determine the path that the needle needs to follow to reach the affected joint. The technology also allows us to precisely target the area of the joint where the medications need to be administered. During the procedure, we watch the ultrasound image on a monitor and carefully insert the needle through the tissues to the joint. The medications are administered inside the joint, and the needle is removed. We use local anesthesia to numb the area so that you can relax during the procedure. You may experience a slight pressure and stinging or tingling sensation during the injections.
What is Recovery Like After Ultrasound-guided Joint Injections?
There is little recovery after an ultrasound-guided knee injection and similar treatments. The numbing agent in the medication provides immediate relief from chronic pain, and the other substances in the injection start to work on the inflammation.
What is the Prognosis After Ultrasound-guided Joint Injections?
Ultrasound-guided joint injections provide relatively short-term relief from chronic pain, so you will need follow-up treatments. We explain the recommended schedule of treatments during the consultation.
Central Florida Pain Management specializes in ultrasound-guided joint injections and other minimally invasive procedures for chronic pain. If you are looking for a practice in central Florida, including Ocala and The Villages, contact us to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.