Orthopedic surgeons often use nonsurgical treatments options, like injections to treat a variety of conditions. In some cases, delivering an injection is not as easy as it sounds. Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) uses Ultrasound Guided Injections (UGI) for a more accurate result.
UGI is used to relieve pain, administer medication, and treat an assortment of conditions including, pain from arthritis, pain from tendonitis, accurate targeting of a “problem area,” fluid removal or prevention and pain management prior to surgery. These injections allow the physician to pinpoint the exact location of pain with precision, which helps increase the effectiveness of treatment and allows for the use of a thinner, less painful needle. These procedures do not require anesthesia, and there is no radiation from the ultrasound machine.
“In the past, x-rays were used to see where the injection site was and the patient had to be static and not move,” says Brian Johnson, APN, Certified Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner at Little Company of Mary Hospital. “Doctors couldn’t accurately pinpoint where the injection should go and it was a lot of radiation for patients. The Ultrasound Guided Injections have no radiation and are dynamic so we can see movement.”
In the past, ultrasounds were large or costly (or both) and could not be done often in the office. Today, the newer models are portable and offer ease, accuracy, less painful and the resolution needed for a broader range of orthopedic procedures.
“These devices are more precise, faster and give immediate results” says Johnson. “They are also great for those that can’t do a MRI due to wait time, metal in the body or claustrophobia.”
Little Company of Mary’s Bone and Joint Specialists see patients at three convenient locations: The Outpatient Care Center (6700 West 95th Street, Suite 310, Oak Lawn, IL), the Mary Potter Physicians Pavilion (2850 West 95th Street, Suite 106, Evergreen Park, IL), and 12432 S. Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights, IL 60463. To make an appointment, call 708-974-7330. To learn more about the Bone and Joint Specialists at Little Company of Mary Hospital, go to www.lcmortho.com.