Ultrasound Guided Injections
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Information about Ultrasound Guided Injection
What is an ultrasound guided injection?
An ultrasound guided injection relieves pain in patients presenting with acute or chronic pain symptoms. They are safe and simple to carry out; very rarely do they cause bleeding or allergic reaction. A steroid injection is administered into the area of interest i.e. where the pain symptoms occur under ultrasound guidance thus reducing inflammation.
Is there any preparation I must carry out prior to ultrasound guided injection?
There is very little preparation to be carried out; please continue to take your prescribed medication. Unless you have been advised not to by your referring physician.
How long does the procedure take?
You will have a scan to localise the area of interest and then injection will be administered this may take around 20-30 minutes.
Once I have had the injection can I go home?
After the injection you should be able to go home; you may be asked to wait in the rest area to allow you to get over possible effect of the injection such as discomfort in the joint and possible bruising.
Will I have any side-effects of the injection?
Steroids may cause some swelling in the area of the injection but this does not last very long; in case of persistence please use an ice-pack.