The Importance of Ultrasound

Musculoskeletal ultrasound is an emerging field in medicine. To become proficient at performing musculoskeletal ultrasound in both the diagnostic and therapeutic arenas takes years of practice. In using the ultrasound machine from a diagnostic standpoint, real-time evaluation of the injured region of the body can occur. Damage can typically be clearly outlined and monitored for improvement over time. In using the ultrasound machine from a therapeutic standpoint, a needle can be guided directly into a desired region so that the medication can be placed precisely over the desired location. I would urge anyone who is dealing with a musculoskeletal issue to consider diagnostic ultrasound evaluation with Spine & Joint Solutions of Colorado, prior to more costly MRI imaging for diagnosis of an injury. I would also encourage patients to seek out physicians who will utilize ultrasound as a guidance tool for injection therapy. If ultrasound guidance is not used, studies have shown that even large joint injections can be inaccurate, which significantly decreases the possibility for improvement from that injection.

At Spine & Joint Solutions, Dr. Rebekah Martin frequently uses ultrasound evaluation for joints and soft tissue to develop a more comprehensive diagnosis of an injured area. She also performs all in-office injections under ultrasound so that she can be as specific as possible with medication placement. It is also quite interesting to monitor progress and tissue healing over time, which can be seen clearly under ultrasound.

Spine Injections Can Be Effective Back Pain Treatment

We’ve spoken before about facet joint injections, and at Spine and Joint Solutions, we’re dedicated to finding the proper treatment for each patient that we see. A facet joint injection is just one of the spinal treatments that we offer, and it may work for some but not for others, and we never give up on finding effective back pain treatment for our patients in Colorado Springs. One such treatment is a sacroiliac joint injection, which focuses on the joint in the pelvic region.

The sacroiliac joint connects the sacrum to the pelvis, and since the sacrum and pelvis support the weight of the upper body, this joint allow for shifting and flexibility during movement. If the sacroiliac joint becomes inflamed or the connective tissue becomes damaged, a person could experience severe pain and discomfort in their hip and lower back area. With a focused injection performed under ultrasound guidance in our office, you can restore the joint’s functionality and no longer suffer pain. You can opt for conscious sedation during the injection, but please keep in mind that you will be awake and alert during the procedure so that we can communicate with you.

As with any treatment that we provide, we will discuss all of your options with you. A sacroiliac injection might be the perfect treatment for you, but it might need to be paired with another method to provide the most relief for your pain. No matter the circumstances, our goal is to provide our patients with the very best back pain treatment in Colorado Springs.

Effective Carpal Tunnel Treatment in Colorado Springs

People that write or type all day long for their job may complain that they’re experiencing pain in their hands and wrists, but true carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can leave you unable to do even the slightest task. At Spine & Joint Solutions, we’ve provided numerous rounds of carpal tunnel treatment in Colorado Springs, and can help diagnose your condition if you’ve found that the pain just won’t subside. If you’re experiencing numbness in either hand, or pain that leaves you unable to work, we want to help you right away.

The carpal tunnel is the channel where tendons, a vein, an artery, and the median nerve pass through, and when it’s normal, there’s enough room for everything. After forceful motion or repetitive work, the tendons can become inflamed, decreasing the space inside the channel and increasing the pressure on the median nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome usually starts gradually, but will of course intensify the more you use your hands and wrists. Certain people may also have a smaller carpal tunnel, leaving them more prone to CTS.

Our carpal tunnel treatment in Colorado Springs is designed to bring relief to the affected area, and there are several remedies for CTS. Oral or topical medications can help decrease the swelling, or wrist braces and splints may also be the best option. A combination of both could be the key to alleviating your CTS and when you visit us, we’ll help you decide which course of action is best. Come see us today and take charge over your pain.