Susan A. Baker, MD, FACR, a Los Angeles rheumatologist, has dedicated her medical practice to studying and treating individuals suffering from arthritis and other diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue. Armed with the knowledge that the management of arthritis and connective tissue diseases can often be complex and long-term, Dr. Baker strives to make each step in the process as simple and stress-free as possible for all her patients. In order to better serve the needs of each and every patient, Dr. Baker currently offers musculoskeletal ultra-sound (MSKUS) guided joint injections from her Beverly Hills-based practice.
What are Musculoskeletal Ultra-Sound Guided Joint Injections?
“Musculoskeletal ultra-sound guided joint injections” is a term used by expert Beverly Hills rheumatologists to describe a procedure in which joint injections are “guided,” or performed with the assistance of a musculoskeletal ultra-sound. Until recently, these injection procedures were performed “blind,” meaning the physician would use only the external anatomy to determine where the injections are needed. Some of the major benefits of using musculoskeletal ultra-sound technology as both a diagnostic and treatment tool include :
- Better soft tissue resolution (as opposed to an MRI)
- Procedure can typically be performed right in your rheumatologist’s office
- Provides real time images, allowing your physician to view movement in the area of concern
- Cost-effective when compared to other diagnostic options
- Allows your internal medicine specialist to detect any inflammation in the tissue
- Can help to “guide” joint injections (as opposed to performing them “blind”)
- Reduced risk of complications from an injection procedure
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Ultra-Sound Guided Joint Injections?
Ultra-sound technology can be used to increase both the precision and effectiveness of almost any joint injection procedure. Joint injections can be used to help treat and manage the symptoms of a large variety of inflammatory conditions and autoimmune disorders, including, but not limited to:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Osteoarthritis, on occasion
Individuals who are currently living with one or more of the conditions listed above should consult a Board-certified rheumatologist at their earliest convenience to learn if ultra-sound guided joint injections are right for them.
To learn more about ultra-sound, visit WebMD.com.
Contact Beverly Hills Rheumatologist and Internal Medicine Specialist Today
Susan A. Baker, MD, FACR is truly considered an expert her field. Dr. Baker has helped countless individuals suffering from arthritis and diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. To begin your path to recovery with Dr. Baker in the Los Angeles area, call (310) 274-7770 or contact us online at your earliest convenience.
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