The Ultrasound Advantage, Treating Joint Disorders

March 30, 2017

Innovation in ultrasound imaging create new opportunities to help with care of patients who are experiencing musculoskeletal pain.

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or an arthritic senior citizen, the development of pain in your muscles, tendons and joints can persist over time and slow you down. The excruciating pain that can accompany these musculoskeletal disorders requires efficient and effective treatment at a specific point of inflammation and soreness.

Innovation in ultrasound imaging create new opportunities to help with care of patients who are experiencing musculoskeletal pain. We at Affinity are now using ultrasound to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders, namely for ultrasound-guided injections and therapeutic purposes.

The new injection technique, which guides the medication and anesthetic, places the needle with precision so the pain can be decreased directly at the point of inflammation. When used in conjunction with physical therapy, ultrasound-guided injection can provide long-term pain relief for musculoskeletal disorders.

Ultrasound also allows your doctor to safely deliver therapies to the affected tissue. The high accuracy of injection placement offers a greater margin of safety and smaller needles can be used, improving patient comfort and potentially reducing risk. This procedure, primarily used in sports medicine and orthopedics, is minimally invasive for the patient.

Applications for ultrasound-guided injections include needle placement into joints for aspiration or injection, injection into tendon sheaths or bursa, aspiration and injection of ganglion cysts and diagnostic or therapeutic nerve blocks including carpal tunnel syndrome.

This technique will improve treatment for many patients suffering from sports, arthritis, nerve and overuse injuries in adults of all ages. While motion-related musculoskeletal disorders were once quite complicated to handle, advances in ultrasound allow for successful and relatively easy treatment of even the most painful and chronic conditions.