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Ultrasound Guided Joint Injections Specialist

Dimos Kanakoudas, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Complete Health Medical P.C.

Dimos Kanakoudas, MD

Primary Care Physician located in East Setauket, NY

Stiff, painful joints can seriously affect your quality of life and may prevent you from carrying out many everyday activities. If you have joint pain, Dimos Kanakoudas, MD, and the team at Complete Health Medical P.C. in East Setauket, New York, can help. The experienced team members provide advanced joint therapies, including ultrasound-guided joint injections and Supartz FX® hyaluronic acid gel injections. Call Complete Health Medical P.C. today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Ultrasound Guided Joint Injections Q & A

Why would I need joint injections?

Joint injections are a treatment option for painful conditions that aren’t responding to more conservative therapies.

The kinds of conditions that could be helped by joint injections include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis

Most patients who have painful joints find they improve with the personalized treatment plans the team at Complete Health Medical P.C. prepares for them.

The initial treatments are likely to include noninvasive options such as physical therapy and medications, but in some cases, patients don’t get sufficient relief from joint pain using these methods.

If this is the situation you’re in, then joint injections could be an effective option for you.

What are ultrasound-guided joint injections?

The process of injecting the medication into precisely the right part of your joint is a delicate procedure. While it’s possible to get the medication close enough without any outside aid, for optimal results the team at Complete Health Medical P.C. uses ultrasound-guided injections.

Ultrasound is a technology that can create moving images of the inside of your body. Using ultrasound to illustrate the anatomy of your joints helps your provider place the injection in exactly the right place, so you gain maximum benefit from your treatment.

The Complete Health Medical P.C. team uses ultrasound technology to carry out injections in:

  • Knees
  • Shoulders
  • Ankles
  • Elbows
  • Wrists
  • Hips

Ultrasound guidance is also extremely helpful for the small joints in your hands and feet.

What kinds of injections are used for joints?

Steroid injections are the most common type of injection to treat painful joints. Steroids are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that also provide pain relief. A steroid joint injection could be effective for several months in some cases.

An alternative approach is to use hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural substance found in your body that acts as a lubricant.

The Complete Health Medical P.C. team uses an injectable HA medication called Supartz FX. You need to have a Supartz FX injection once a week for 3-5 weeks. The HA helps to stop the bones in your joints rubbing together, which is a problem that occurs if you have osteoarthritis.

If you’re having problems with joint pain, let the experienced team at Complete Health Medical P.C. help. Call them today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.