Do I Really Need to Use an Ultrasound When Delivering Injections?

Why is ultrasound guidance important for musculoskeletal conditions and joint injections? It has been my experience that many medical providers have been performing injections into joints and clinical results vary. Prior to ultrasound guided injections, medical providers training for joint injections included learning the landmarks by palpation for needle insertion and treatment. While this was…

Why Ultrasound?

Shoulder joint/capsule: 72% to 92.5% accuracy w U/S (Lee et al). The improvements in pain intensity, range of motion, and shoulder function score were significantly greater in the ultrasound-guided injection group than in the landmark-guided injection group by the second week after injection (P < .05). Bicep tendon: Hashiuchi et al20 studied 30 patients with…

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