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High-frequency soundwaves used for imaging, injections used for treating pain, inflammation and reducing swelling

Ultrasound – guided injections used to treat pain, inflammation and osteoarthritis

Ultrasound-guided injections

Ultrasound-guided injections are used in common procedures to treat pain, inflammation and reduce swelling in areas which include, but are not limited to, musculoskeletal pain relating to joints, tendons, tendon sheaths or bursae.



How does it work?

The use of high-frequency sound waves, produces real-time and dynamic images of the affected area, which allows us to inject with accuracy, minimising pain and delivering the medicine precisely where it is intended. Using this method our doctors can visualize surrounding structures, before, during and after the procedure.

Ultrasound guided injections also give us an advantage of real time, dynamic feedback that the patient and the doctor can see immediately.
Ultrasound gives us the ability to see joints, tendons and the surrounding soft tissue structures such as blood vessels and nerves. There is no risk of radiation.

The procedure is performed under aseptic conditions within our clinic and takes approximately 30 minutes.
You may experience a numb sensation in the treated area for up to 4 hours after the treatment if a local anaesthetic is used. Therefore patients are advised to attend with a friend or family member. Additionally, travel arrangements will need to be made as you may not be able to drive for a few hours.

What areas of the body can be treated?

The most common areas of treatment are in the hip joint, shoulder and knees but can be used to treat other structures throughout the body.


Corticosteroid injection is recommended as a first-line treatment of arthritis in the hip and can quickly relieve inflammation in the joints. The effects may last from several weeks to several months.

Hip conditions treated by ultrasound-guided injection:

  • Degenerative or inflammatory arthritis
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Hamstring/Gluteal tendinopathy
  • Labral tear
  • Injury, trauma, misuse of hip joint

What areas of the body can be treated?


Ultrasound can provide an accurate injection of multiple structures in the shoulder, including the Acromioclavicular (AC) joint and the Glenohumeral joint.

Shoulder conditions treated by ultrasound-guided injection:

  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Rotator cuff impingement or tear
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Acromioclavicular joint
  • Degenerative or inflammatory arthritis
  • Biceps tendinopathy
  • Calcific tendonitis

What areas of the body can be treated?


Ultrasound can help us visualise a variety of structures within the knee, including the quadriceps and patellar tendons, the extra-articular ligaments, and some meniscus injuries.

Knee conditions treated by ultrasound-guided injection:

  • Bursitis
  • Degenerative or inflammatory arthritis
  • Chronic ligament sprain
  • Baker’s cyst aspiration
  • Ligament tears
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • IT band syndrome

Although these are the most common injuries and complaints we see, ultrasound-guided injections can also treat other conditions such as –

  • Foot and Ankle conditions such as Morton’s Neuroma, Plantar Fasciitis, Sesamoiditis, Degenerative or Inflammatory Arthritis and Tendon Tenosynovitis.
  • Elbow conditions such as Tennis or golfers elbow and Cubital tunnel syndrome and Degenerative or Inflammatory Arthritis.
  • Hand and wrists conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Trigger Finger, Tendon Tenosynovitis and Degenerative or Inflammatory Arthritis.
  • Steroid, Joint lubricant and Centrifuged own blood product

If your injury or pain does not require an injected treatment then our Sports Medicine Consultant (sports doctor) can also refer you to another specialist within Freedom clinics.

Our team includes highly trained:

  • Osteopaths
  • Acupuncturists
  • Physiotherapists
  • General Practitioners
  • Sports Massage Therapists
  • ISRM Soft Tissue Therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Chiropodists
  • Sports Physicians
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