If you have pain in your shoulder caused by a shoulder impingement, your consultant may recommend having an ultrasound guided injection to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Here we explore what an ultrasound guided injection is, what conditions it’s used for and what to expect when you go for your appointment.
Injections are often used to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the shoulder, hip, knee and wrist, including arthritis, torn ligaments and muscles, labral tears and tendonitis.
Ultrasound-guided injections of platelet rich plasma are an increasingly popular treatment for tendon and joint pain and injury. As a comparatively new treatment, not everyone has heard of platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections and fewer still understand how they work. Yet the science behind the treatment is relatively straightforward.
Injections of anaesthetic and/or steroids into the joint can be an effective form of pain relief for people with chronic joint pain or musculoskeletal injuries. They can also be used to remove excess fluids, for example from cysts and ganglions.
A frozen shoulder can be extremely painful. It is caused by inflammation of the joint lining and/or restricted movement due to the formation of scar tissue. Read our mini-guide to shoulder Hydrodilatations, a treatment that can help ease the pain of a frozen shoulder.