Ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injections have revolutionised the field of pain management by offering targeted and precise treatment for various musculoskeletal conditions.

This advanced technique utilises real-time ultrasound imaging to guide the corticosteroid injections directly into the affected area, providing relief and promoting healing. Our specialists have expertise in the use of ultrasound to guide and target the areas of nerve pain, allowing direct visualisation of the nerve and ensuring the medications are delivered to the right place.

Do you need an ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injection? Sydney residents can contact our team at CURA Medical Specialists for a consultation with one of our qualified neurologists.

About

What are ultrasound-guided injections?

Ultrasound-guided injections involve the use of ultrasound imaging technology to precisely guide the administration of medication, such as corticosteroid, into specific areas of the body.

By visualising the target area in real time, healthcare providers can accurately deliver the medication to the intended site, increasing the effectiveness of the treatment.

The medications administered are usually either a combination of a corticosteroid, which aims to reduce swelling and inflammation, and a local anaesthetic agent to reduce abnormal pain nerve signalling. Speak to your doctor about which agents and combination are right for you.

When

When are ultrasound-guided injections used?

Ultrasound-guided injections are used to treat a range of conditions:

  • Nerve entrapments: Nerve entrapments occur when a nerve becomes compressed or trapped, leading to pain, tingling, or numbness. Ultrasound-guided injections can be utilized to deliver a corticosteroid injection with or without a local anaesthetic agent, near the entrapped nerve. This helps reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms by providing targeted relief to the affected nerve.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common type of nerve entrapment, where the median nerve in the arm becomes compressed at the level of the wrist. This can cause abnormal sensation and pain in the hand. Nerve conduction studies may be used to confirm the site of compression in the wrist. Corticosteroid injections into the rest can provide symptomatic relief from pain and other issues.
  • Headaches: Ultrasound-guided injections are beneficial for treating specific types of headaches, including migraines, cervicogenic headaches and occipital neuralgia. These injections deliver the corticosteroid and/or local anaesthetic agent directly to the nerves which are transmitting painful signals, reducing inflammation and relieving pain.
  • Neck pain: Certain types of neck pain can be due to degenerative changes in the spine leading to nerve irritation or impingement. Using an ultrasound to target the areas most affected, a corticosteroid injection may be helpful in alleviating troublesome symptoms.

They can be particularly beneficial when the target area is deep or difficult to access using traditional methods for conditions.

Benefits

Benefits of ultrasound-guided injections

There are several benefits to using ultrasound-guided injections:

  • Enhanced precision: Ultrasound guidance allows for accurate localization of the targeted area, ensuring the medication is delivered precisely where it is needed most.
  • Improved effectiveness: By directly delivering corticosteroid medication to the affected area, ultrasound-guided injections maximize the therapeutic benefits, leading to faster and more effective pain relief.
  • Reduced risk of complications: The real-time visualization provided by ultrasound helps avoid damage to surrounding structures, reducing the risk of complications during the injection procedure.
  • Minimally invasive: Ultrasound-guided injections are typically performed on an outpatient basis, with minimal discomfort and a relatively quick recovery period.
ultrasound guided cortisone injection

Ultrasound imaging technology is used for greater accuracy for the administration of corticosteroid injections.

Risks

Risks, considerations, and contraindications of ultrasound-guided injections

While ultrasound-guided injections are generally safe, there are a few risks and considerations to be aware of:

  • Temporary soreness
  • Bruising
  • localized swelling at the injection site
  • Rarely, infection or allergic reactions may occur

Certain medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders or active infections, may contraindicate the procedure. Let your doctors know ahead of time if you are taking any blood thinning medication.

Procedure

Procedure for ultrasound-guided
peripheral nerve cortisone

The procedure for ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve cortisone injection typically involves the following steps:

  • Patient positioning: The patient is positioned comfortably, allowing the healthcare provider to access the target area with ease.
  • Ultrasound imaging: The healthcare provider applies gel to the skin and moves the ultrasound probe over the area of interest to visualize the target nerve or structure.
  • Needle placement: Using real-time ultrasound images as guidance, the healthcare provider carefully inserts a needle into the target area while continuously monitoring the position on the ultrasound screen.
  • Medication administration: Once the needle is accurately positioned, the cortisone-administered medication is injected into the targeted area, delivering therapeutic relief to the affected nerve or structure.
  • Post-procedure evaluation: The healthcare provider assesses the patient’s response to the injection and provides instructions for post-procedure care and follow-up.

Post-procedure care and follow-up

After the ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injections, patients may be advised to rest the treated area and avoid strenuous activities for a specified period. Ice application and over-the-counter pain relievers may be recommended to manage any post-injection soreness.

A follow-up appointment may be scheduled to evaluate the treatment’s effectiveness and make further recommendations if necessary.

Conclusion

Conclusion

Ultrasound-guided cortisone injections offer a precise, minimally invasive and effective approach to pain management for various musculoskeletal conditions. By combining the benefits of real-time ultrasound imaging with the targeted delivery of cortisone medication, you can effectively manage pain, even in challenging locations within the body.

Cost

Ultrasound guided injection cost - Australia

The cost of ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve corticosteroid injections can vary depending on various factors such as the condition, severity, and number of treatments required.

Contact us directly to inquire about the cost of this procedure. We can provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding pricing, any associated fees, and insurance coverage considerations.

Why Choose Us

Why choose CURA Medical Specialists

CURA Medical Specialists are a preferred choice for comprehensive medical care due to their expertise in interventional procedures, such as ultrasound-guided cortisone injections.
If you are looking for an ultrasound-guided cortisone injection near you, CURA Medical Specialists offer state-of-the-art facilities and skilled professionals who can provide this advanced treatment option.

Meet our friendly and professional team

Dr Hugh Stephen Winters

Dr. Hugh Stephen Winters

MBChB (Auckland) FRACP (Neurology) CCINR (Neurology)

Dr Hugh Stephen Winters is a highly trained interventional neurologist, skilled at minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat stroke, idiopathic intracranial hypertension and aneurysms.

Dr. Timothy Ang

MBBS, FRACP (Neurology), Head of Committee for CCINR

Dr Timothy Ang is a highly skilled interventional neurologist who uses cutting-edge medical imaging to diagnose and treat neurovascular and neurological diseases, including stroke, intracranial hypertension, headache, migraine and aneurysms.

Dr Timothy Ang
FAQ

FAQs

For more information please read our most frequently asked questions:

After an ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injection, you may experience temporary soreness or discomfort at the injection site. It is normal to have some mild pain or swelling, but this usually subsides within a few days. Applying ice and taking over-the-counter pain relievers as directed by your healthcare provider can help manage any discomfort.

After an ultrasound-guided injection, you can expect some mild soreness or swelling at the injection site. This is normal and should resolve within a few days. Your healthcare provider may provide specific instructions on post-procedure care, such as rest and avoiding strenuous activities, to aid in your recovery.

While everyone’s pain tolerance is different, most patients report minimal pain during an ultrasound-guided steroid injection. The use of Local anaesthetic and ultrasound guidance helps to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Your healthcare provider will make sure you are as comfortable as possible throughout the injection.

PLEASE NOTE: This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription or clinical assessment. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

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