Ultrasound- and Fluoroscopically Guided Soft Tissue Injections (Joints, Muscles, Fascia, Bursa), Including Steroid and Synvisc
Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body, while fluoroscopy is a type of imaging that uses X-ray beams to produce pictures of inside of the body. These forms of imaging are used to help the physician with precise needle placement, followed by medication delivery that being either an anesthetic, steroid, combination of anesthetic and steroid, or Synvisc (hyaluronic acid).
Prior to beginning the procedure, the area to be injected is sterilely cleaned and covered appropriately. At times, contrast is used to help confirm the needle is in the correct location prior to medication delivery. The overall goal is to help provide lasting pain relief and diminish swelling. Steroid injections into a joint are usually limited to approximately four times per year or every three months.