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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound


Providing fundamental information for your diagnosis

Ultrasounds can be used to visualize and assess tendons, ligaments, nerves, bone and joints, as well as be used to guide ultra-precise injections to treat your pain. There is no risk of radiation to the patient, and gives us important information to help diagnose a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. During your office visit, our providers can use ultrasound to diagnose and treat your symptoms.

Benefits of Ultrasounds

  • This is completed in the office at the time of your visit/injection
  • There is no radiation
  • Your physician can gather real time, dynamic information about the area being studied
  • Ultrasound itself is painless
  • Ultrasound captures images of soft tissues that don’t show up well on x-rays
  • The provider can direct a needle and medication right where the the inflammation or tear is. This is an improvement than doing “blind” injections into a joint or space.


Ultrasound FAQ

How does ultrasound work?

 An ultrasound uses sound waves to develop ultrasound images of what’s going on inside the body. An instrument called a transducer emits high-frequency sound generated by a special crystal, inaudible to human ears. Sound waves pass through and bounce back to the transducer from tissues to determine the size, shape, and consistency of soft tissues and organs. This information is relayed in real time to produce images on a computer screen.

What should I expect for an ultrasound guided injection at my appointment?

  • You should wear comfortable, easily removable clothes for your appointment. This will allow you to better expose the affected region for not only a better physical examination, but to use the ultrasound to visualize the tissues.
  • A water-based gel is used to transmit the sound waves through the skin and underlying soft tissue.
  • Your physician will be able to visualize the target structure and watch the needle tip deliver the medication exactly where it needs to go.
  • Numbing medicine can be used to make the injection much more comfortable as well.

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Dr. Christopher Good

Spine Surgeon
President of Virginia Spine Institute

Dr. Colin Haines

Spine Surgeon
Director of Research

Dr. Ehsan Jazini

Spine Surgeon

Dr. Niteesh Bharara

Orthopedic Specialist - Non-Surgical Sports Medicine
Director of Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Thomas Nguyen

Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Thomas Schuler

Spine Surgeon
Founder of Virginia Spine Institute
Chief Executive Officer

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