Alan M. Hirahara, MD, FRCSC
Orthopaedic SurgeonSpecialist in Sports Medicine

Ultrasound Guided Injections

Ultrasound guidance has significantly improved our accuracy for giving injections.  When accuracy is required in placing an injection specifically into a space, joint, calcific lesion, or partial tear, imaging is necessary to hit the right spot.  Studies have shown that experts can miss the subacromial bursa over 30% of the time.

Ultrasound guidance has also allowed us to non-surgically treat specific pathologies like calcific tendonitis, partial tears, or tendonopathy with OrthoBiologics like platelet-rich plasma (PRP).  We can sometimes use PRP to eliminate calcium or heal tears without the need for surgery.  Ultrasound allows us to place the PRP, specifically where we want it to improve the chance of healing.

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