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Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Nutrition located in Scottsdale, AZ
Injections of potent anti-inflammatory agents and natural regenerative products like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can effectively reduce your pain and accelerate healing. Anthony Lee, MD, and the team at Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers several types of ultrasound-guided injections that produce optimal results by delivering the medication precisely at the site of injured tissues. To learn if you’re a good candidate for pain-relieving injections, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Injections Q & A
What does it mean to have an ultrasound-guided injection?
Injections containing different types of medications and biologics achieve optimal pain relief when your provider at Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center uses ultrasound imaging to place the injection directly into the site of the problem.
Ultrasound clearly shows the damaged tissues and the needle as it enters your body. Your provider then uses the ultrasound image to guide the needle to the targeted tissues before injecting your treatment.
What are epidural steroid injections?
Epidural steroid injections contain steroids that reduce inflammation, as well as a local anesthetic to provide immediate pain relief. These injections are placed in the epidural space along your spine at the site of inflamed and painful nerves.
As the medication enters the epidural space, it flows around the damaged nerves, allowing for optimal results.
Epidural steroid injections can relieve back, neck, arm, and leg pain caused by pinched spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are often compressed by conditions such as:
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Slipped vertebrae
- Sciatica or radiculopathy
- Degenerative disc disease
Every patient has a different response, but epidural steroid injections typically provide pain relief lasting several weeks to months.
What should I know about PRP injections?
Platelet-rich plasma contains a high concentration of platelets, and platelets are rich sources of proteins called growth factors. When growth factors reach the site of injured tissues, they activate the healing process, accelerating new tissue growth and regulating inflammation.
PRP is produced in the office by taking a sample of your blood and processing it in a centrifuge that separates platelets and plasma from the other blood components. Then your PRP is injected using ultrasound guidance to target the injured tissues.
How do biologic injections promote healing?
Biologic injections contain growth factors and other healing proteins obtained from amniotic products that have been freely donated, processed, and cryopreserved.
Your injection provides benefits similar to a PRP injection without needing to take precautions ahead of time. For example, you may need to stop taking some types of medications prior to a PRP injection.
Your provider at Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center may recommend a biologic injection when other conservative therapies have failed to relieve your pain and to help you avoid surgery.
Injection therapies are given in outside surgical facilities. To learn if an injection may relieve your pain, call Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center or book an appointment online.