Learning that physicians once administered injections “blind” may be unsettling to some. This practice didn’t actually mean that doctors were blindfolded or closing their eyes during the nonsurgical procedure, but that they were not able to see the medication leave the needle. Experience, location, and feel were the only things that doctors relied on to know if the injection was directed in the right spot.
Today, physicians rely on a more precise method to administering injections. Ultrasound guided injections ensure the exact path of the injection to the target area. At ONE Brain and Spine Center, patients with spine conditions may receive the following injections succeeding an initial physical exam:
- Cervical epidural steroid injection
- Lumbar epidural steroid injection
- Sacroiliac joint steroid injection
Dr. Burak Ozgur and the entire medical staff at ONE Brain and Spine Center provide the best care for residents of Irvine and surrounding California communities with spine conditions.
The ultrasound guided injection has revolutionized this noninvasive procedure dramatically. For patients who need the medication in anatomically difficult locations, such as a hip joint or deep tendon, a “blind” injection can be difficult to ensure its precision. Ultrasound allows procedures to be safely performed by experienced and trained physicians.
Injection therapies play a major role in pain management for back problems. With the emergence of ultrasound, these injections are becoming an integral part of conservative approaches to treatment. Ultrasound increases the potential of effectively treating spine conditions while also improve cost-effectiveness, accuracy, and safety.
Many musculoskeletal injuries are also treated with injection therapies. An ultrasound gives off sound waves that provide high-resolution images of tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. These images help doctors better visualize the damage and inflammation in the areas surrounding the injection site.
For more information on ultrasound injections and how ONE Brain and Spine Center can help with your pain management, call and schedule an appointment today!
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.