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Your physician will be the best source of information when it comes to ultrasound guided injections. However, the following overview will provide some basic information on what you can expect from this form of treatment.
How Are These Injections Performed?
Ultrasound technology will capture live images of the internal body structures using high-frequency sound waves. Although this technique is best known for assessing the progression of a pregnancy, physicians frequently take advantage of the safe, non-invasive technology when they perform joint injections.
Guided injections are very much like conventional injections, but with one difference, ultrasound offers the doctor “X-ray vision” when performing the procedure.
Instead of using touch and guesswork, to determine optimal injection placement, the physician will use an imaging probe to create a live video of the joint tissues.
How Long Is the Recovery from Ultrasound Guided Injections?
Before scheduling you for a joint injection, your physician should give you all the information and instructions pertaining to your recovery.
Most patients are told to rest the affected joint during the first 24 to 48 hours after an injection is administered. The medication will take a few days to start working and getting adequate rest will aid patients in their recovery.
In addition, patients need to know that the pain could increase during the first 12 to 48 hours following a joint injection. This is because the needle can create additional inflammation of the affected area, which can cause heightened pain. If this happens, apply some ice and take your regular pain medication.
You should know, these injections are not a cure-all, and are often not appropriate or effective for some patients. Your physician should be able to tell you more about the results you can expect from this type of injection.
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