Seeing joints with an ultrasound - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/10

Seeing joints with an ultrasound

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Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – You don't have to be a long time athlete to wear down the cartilage in a knee. And now, some doctors are using ultrasound, the same type that's normally used on pregnant women to examine the knee or other painful joints.

 The ultrasound serves as a guide when injecting steroids or other medications into the joint.  "Decades of injections have been done blind without any kind of guidance, and so the accuracy studies that are coming out show that 50 to 60 percent of the time, we're actually in the right spot with any kind of joint injection. With ultrasound, we're 99% in the right spot," says Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Victor Ibrahim

"It was night and day. I walked in limping and I walked out ready to dance, "says Chris Shiaris who is a patient of Dr. Ibrahim.  Dr. Ibrahim always add, that the results of these guided injections are often immediate. Depending on the patient, they can last anywhere from a few months to forever.

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