Muscle and Joint Injections Under Ultrasound Guidance
The injection of medication into a painful muscle or joint is used to relieve discomfort associated with a range of conditions, from neck pain to tennis elbow. Because the needle used for the injection needs to reach the exact source of the pain, these procedures are performed with the assistance of an ultrasound machine (the same imaging technique used to monitor pregnancies). Ultrasound allows the physician to guide the needle under the skin, and deliver the injection—which contains a local anesthetic and a low dose of steroid—directly to the origin of the pain.
Mount Sinai's Pain and Integrative Medicine practice performs muscle and joint injections under ultrasound guidance in our office, and the procedure typically takes approximately 15 minutes.