Advanced Arthritis Solutions

Margaret Gradzka, M.D.

Rheumatologist located in Fairfax, VA

As part of ensuring the best care possible, Dr. Margaret Gradzka at Advanced Arthritis Solutions in Fairfax, Virginia, offers ultrasound guidance for injections and some nonsurgical treatments. This cutting-edge joint treatment allows Dr. Gradzka to target your problem area with 100% accuracy. To discuss how this technology can help relieve your joint pain, call the office or schedule your consultation online today.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is ultrasound-guided injection?

Dr. Gradzka uses ultrasound technology to get a real-time view of your affected area before and during treatment.

This technique ensures absolute accuracy in accessing the areas that need intervention using injections or other nonsurgical methods, including places where treatment may not be possible using other techniques. It also decreases the potential for hitting blood vessels, nerves, or other structures, which leads to unwanted complications.

Interventions that Dr. Gradzka can perform more precisely when guided by ultrasound include:

  • Pain medication delivery: medication can be delivered directly to the exact area you’re experiencing pain
  • Steroid treatment delivery: can more directly target the injection so the problem area receives more of the benefit of the steroids
  • Fluid removal from joints or cysts: ultrasound guidance allows Dr. Gradzka to see where the fluid has built up for more effective removal
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy: Allows for greater precision when injecting the PRP into the affected area
  • Carpal tunnel release treatment: using ultrasound guidance increases both effectiveness and decreases potential risks involved in this procedure

What conditions can be treated using ultrasound guidance?

Dr. Gradzka uses ultrasound-guided injections in the treatment of a range of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Joint pain
  • Fluid-filled cysts
  • Musculoskeletal injuries

Do I need to be put to sleep for ultrasound-guided injections?

No, and in fact, many patients appreciate being awake so they can watch the procedure. You won’t need to go to a hospital either as ultrasound-guided injections are done right in the office.

Dr. Gradzka uses a local anesthetic to make the injection or procedure itself virtually pain-free, so you can relax and allow her to deliver the treatment directly to the problem area. Because of the accuracy of this technique, Dr. Gradzka can use a thinner needle than is possible with other injection techniques. This means that every step of the process is comfortable as well as effective.

If you’re suffering from a joint condition and have had trouble finding relief from the chronic pain it causes, treatment enhanced with ultrasound-guided injection may be the solution you need. Call Advanced Arthritis Solutions or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.