What are Ultrasound-Guided Injections?
With ultrasound-guided injections, your doctor uses ultrasound imaging technology to precisely deliver medication while avoiding nearby nerves and blood vessels. That means you’ll receive safe, effective, accurate treatment with less discomfort. These injections are typically the next step when more conservative treatments have not been effective in treating an issue.
In most cases, you’ll experience long-term symptom relief with just one injection.
Expertise & Experience
You can rely on our sports medicine specialist, Dr. Daniel Jones, to perform your treatment with expertise and precision. Dr. Jones has undergone advanced training in the use of ultrasound as a tool to help diagnose and treat a wide range of joint and tendon conditions.
Conditions That Benefit
Your doctor may recommend an injection of an anti-inflammatory medication if you experience pain and impaired mobility due to:
- Arthritis or other conditions that affect the joints of your shoulder, wrists, hands, hip, knee, foot, or ankle
- Plantar fasciitis
- Caudal epidural steroid injections
- Tendinitis (painful, inflamed tendons), which can occur all over the body
- Tendinopathy (thickened or broken-down tendons), including Achilles tendinopathy, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee and gluteal tendinopathy
What to Expect
Your Steindler Orthopedic Clinic appointment will begin with a thorough evaluation of your affected area, typically including an in-office ultrasound examination.
Depending on your condition, you may be able to receive an injection during your initial visit. Occasionally, the first visit is dedicated solely to determining the source of your symptoms, and you’ll get the injection during a second appointment.
In most cases, before your injection, you’ll receive a numbing medication to help prevent pain. Most people report mild discomfort, like a flu shot, during the injection. Your evaluation and treatment should take around 30 minutes.
You can expect to experience symptom relief within two to three days of your injection.
With standard ultrasound-guided injections, you probably won’t need to take any time off work, unless you perform manual labor. If you’re receiving a percutaneous needle tenotomy (PNT)—a special type of ultrasound-guided procedure for certain tendon conditions—you may need a few days to rest and recover before returning to work. For the best outcome, follow your doctor’s instructions.
Scheduling An X-Ray Examination
If you think you may benefit from an examination from Dr. Jones or if you have any questions regarding ultrasound-guided injections, please call us at (319) 338-3606.
Once you have scheduled your appointment, please use the links below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and suggestions on preparing for your appointment.