The use of Ultrasound while providing steroid injections or local anesthetics, allows the physician to reliably visualize all soft tissue. This includes muscle, tendons, ligaments, arteries, nerves, and also any pathologic changes. After you’ve had an MRI or a CT scan, the physician has seen that you are a candidate for these small needle steroid injections utilizing ultrasound technology.
During the procedure, a local anesthetic is usually given so that little to no pain is felt for the steroid injection. The procedure usually takes around 30 minutes or less depending on the conditions being treated. It is recommended that you do not drive within 24 hours after the injection, but are able to bring someone with you so that you may leave as soon as the procedure is done. In the days following the procedure, rest as much as possible so that the injection may react optimally. There is little to no risk of any complications with ultrasound guided injections, slight bruising or swelling may occur.