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Non-surgical Treatment Option for Muscular and Skeletal Disorders

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Non-surgical Treatment Option for Muscular and Skeletal Disorders

Ultrasound-Guided Injections

At OSS Health, we specialize in caring for muscular and skeletal disorders, with a focus in providing non-surgical treatment options. Using a team approach, our goal is to decrease your pain to restore and maximize your daily function to get you back to a healthy, active lifestyle.

The spine team at OSS Health uses many diagnostic tools to determine the cause of pain, and once the cause is determined, a treatment plan is developed to meet your individual needs.

Ultrasound-guided injections are a treatment option. These therapeutic procedures are appropriate for many types of musculoskeletal pain. We commonly use these injections to treat a large range of diagnoses including: joint and muscle pain, bursitis, carpal tunnel, arthritis, tendonitis and much more. The injection relieves pain and swelling quickly by reducing inflammation.

Ultrasound machines help us guide the injection needle with direct visualization to the intended target. This allows us to deliver the medication to a very exact and specific location, targeting the pain more successfully. The ultrasound monitor also allows us to see structures that we want to avoid, such as the surrounding nerves, veins and arteries.

Ultrasound-guided procedures are simple, outpatient procedures that are typically performed in an office setting.  The ultrasound machine generates pictures using high frequency sound waves, so there is no risk of radiation exposure. Ultrasound also improves both the accuracy and final outcomes of the injections. With less pain, people are better able to tolerate physical therapy or other treatment modalities that will speed up their recovery.

The usual injection is a mixture of lidocaine and steroid. The lidocaine acts immediately and will provide pain relief for the rest of the day, while the steroid typically needs 24 to 48 hours to take effect.  How long does the treatment last? That will vary by individual, but on average you can expect the pain relief to last approximately three months.

Shannon Schultz, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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From diagnosis and treatment to recovery and rehabilitation, OSS Health was founded on the beliefs that we can build a better healthcare experience. The goal of our highly trained physicians and staff is to get our patients back to an active, healthy lifestyle. 

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