The greatest benefit of corticosteroids is to treat the patient’s pain and decrease inflammation. PRP has a different goal, which is to promote healing and resolution of disease. The decision to use one over the other is based on the patient, specific disease process, duration of illness and chronic medical conditions, among other considerations.
Many patients are good candidates for ultrasound-guided procedures. Often, it allows physicians to access areas they otherwise could not, such as shoulder and hip joints and many muscles, tendons and bursae.
Most importantly for patients, this can often be done during a scheduled office visit and does not require additional appointments, evaluation or treatment by other departments. Some patients can expect significant or complete resolution of pain with one or two injections. Others may receive injections as frequently as every three months to help manage a more chronic condition, with the goal of minimizing pain as much as possible.
“The future is bright for nonsurgical orthopaedics and sports medicine,” Kiel said. “Ultrasound provides a critical supplementary service to patients with musculoskeletal complaints, in addition to other surgical and nonsurgical options.”
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