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Offline Kaye

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Getting despondent - Ultrasound / Injections /MRI
« on: May 31, 2005, 02:42:11 PM »
I am getting very despondent as I have had a knee problem since Jan and it's painful to walk.  After various private people - osteopaths, physio who advised me they thought is was meniscus I finally got an appt at Hammersmith Orthapaedics.  I saw the specialist but couldn't get an MRI until 19 July and insisted on seeing him again.  He said he now thinks it is a knock on impact to a motorcycle injury which meant landing on one hip and flipping over, skipping along on the other - 10 years ago.  He has suggested I have an ultrasound with injections but I thought this would show what was wrong.  Reading this site it appears that an ultrasound is some type of heat muscle thing so won't show any damage.  Can someone tell me if a ultrasound does show anything as I'm beginning to wonder what the point of having this ultrasound and various injections in both hips and my right knee.  Any help gratefully received... :( :( :(

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Re: Getting despondent - Ultrasound / Injections /MRI
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2005, 02:45:40 PM »
Hey !!

What kind of injections ? I think he wants to try a treatment while waiting for your MRI.

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Re: Getting despondent - Ultrasound / Injections /MRI
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2005, 03:55:31 PM »
I don't know exactly, it has on the form US of hips and knee and US Injection.  Thanks Kaye

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Re: Getting despondent - Ultrasound / Injections /MRI
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2005, 04:26:16 PM »
Ultrasound is used to refer to two different procedures, in this case being confusing. A sonogram or ultrasound of the knee will be done in xray with a sonographer running wand over the knee area with gel to look at the inside of the knee. AN ultrasound treatment of the knee, is usually done in physical therapy by a therapist who basically turns on a timer, applies the gel to the area to be treated, and then runs the same type wand over and over and over the area. I have found the ultrasound therapy to be beneficial in restoring some of my feeling post op to the area. IT is usually warm and does feel good. IF he is planning injections under ultrasound, then they use the ultra sound to locate the area where they put the needle in, called ultrasound assisted. THey use it alot for moms to be having aminocentesis, etc. HOPE this helps. JUST call and ask for an explanation of what they are planning. I have never had my hips or knees injected under ultrasound. the physcian just does those in his office. I have had CT assisted facet injections of the back though. Teresa
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Re: Getting despondent - Ultrasound / Injections /MRI
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2005, 11:49:37 PM »
I am wondering if he means ultrasound heat therapy, and steriod injections.  I have had the ultrasound heat therapy and it didn't work for me.
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Re: Getting despondent - Ultrasound / Injections /MRI
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2005, 06:54:09 PM »
I've also had ultrasound treatment - this was basically how it was described but they mean an intense heat treatment which works below the skin (i.e. you won't feel heat on the surface).  The way it was explained to me is that if you've got scar tissue built up the ultrasound is suppose to soften the scar tissue and hopefully it will re-mould more aligned to your joints.  I was also told that the next step would be injections but for me....when I went to see the specialist to get the injections they immediately diagnosed a catilage tear for which the injections would be pointless.

I have to say that the ultrasound did nothing for me















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