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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Pain, Spine, & Rehab Associates

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation & Pain Medicine Specialists located in Gaithersburg, MD & Olney, MD

The team at Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates in Gaithersburg and Olney, Maryland, specializes in improving patient health, function, and quality of life using the most advanced tools and techniques, including non-invasive musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound. For limited diagnosis and needle-guidance during procedures, the team uses ultrasound to increase the precision and efficacy of prescribed treatments. To learn more, schedule a consultation with the experienced team at Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates online or by phone today.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Q & A

What is MSK ultrasound?

Ultrasounds are an imaging tool that uses sound-wave technology to generate images of your internal organs. You may think ultrasounds are only used during pregnancy. However, the imaging tool is also used to diagnose and assist with many procedures, including those related to musculoskeletal pain in the muscles and/or bones. 

During an ultrasound, your provider will apply a special gel to your skin that enhances the picture and improves the movement of the ultrasound wand. Then, they will move the wand in precise areas to generate images in real-time. 

The team at Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates uses ultrasound technology to diagnose and assist with interventional pain procedures. Ultrasounds are safe and non-invasive and don’t emit any radiation. 

What treatments use ultrasound for image guidance?

The experienced team at Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates specialize in interventional pain management and offers many techniques to help you get relief from your pain. These interventional pain management treatments may include a medication that gets injected into your joint, bursa, muscle or nerve. 

To ensure the accuracy of their treatment, the team uses ultrasounds to guide the procedure. Some of the procedures offered at Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates which may include the use of ultrasound include:

  • Intra-articular hip injection
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint injection
  • Intercostal nerve block
  • Carpal tunnel injection
  • Shoulder, hip or knee bursa injection
  • Piriformis and gluteal muscle injection
  • Ischial tuberosity injection
  • Ankle injection

For your convenience, all of these procedures are performed in-office. The team provides specific instructions on how to prepare and what to expect prior to performing the procedure.

Am I a good candidate for ultrasound-guided treatments?

The team at Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates determines if you’re a good candidate for ultrasound or X-ray guided treatments during your evaluation. Because these treatments come with some risk, the team may suggest more conservative treatments (if not already tried) before recommending these more invasive procedures. 

In addition to providing pain relief, these ultrasound-guided treatments are also sometimes used to diagnose or rule out the source of your pain.  Some insurances do not cover the use of ultrasound during the procedure but can be added under our affordable self-pay rates. Your provider will discuss whether ultrasound should be used to help during your recommended procedure.

For expert management of your pain, call Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates or schedule a consultation online today.

 

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