Anesthesiologist and pain management specialist James Robles, MD, is certified in diagnostic and musculoskeletal ultrasound. At New Pain Solutions in Weslaco, Texas, Dr. Robles uses cutting-edge ultrasound technology to diagnose and treat various sports injuries and musculoskeletal problems. He also uses ultrasound for imaging guidance during therapeutic injections. If you’re looking for a certified musculoskeletal ultrasound physician, call or book an appointment online.
When you hear “ultrasound,” you may think of an obstetrician monitoring a developing baby during a prenatal care appointment. However, ultrasound technology also has many useful applications in sports medicine.
Ultrasound is a safe and painless procedure that provides images of the organs inside your body. This procedure sends high-frequency sound waves into your body through an instrument called a transducer.
The sound waves bounce off your organs and create a picture that Dr. Robles can see on a computer. Ultrasound captures images in real time, which means Dr. Robles can see the movement of your organs as well as blood moving through vessels.
With over 136 hours of specialized training, Dr. Robles is among a select few physicians certified in musculoskeletal ultrasound. He provides this service because ultrasound offers many advantages over other imaging tests, such as MRIs, X-rays, or CT scans.
Benefits of musculoskeletal ultrasound include:
Ultrasound imaging is also more cost-effective than other diagnostic procedures, such as an MRI.
Dr. Robles may perform a musculoskeletal ultrasound to diagnose a sports injury or condition that causes you pain. He uses this technology to diagnose injuries to muscles, ligaments, and joints.
Another common reason Dr. Robles uses ultrasound is to guide injections, such as a nerve root block or epidural steroid injection. The guidance of ultrasound imaging ensures accurate needle placement when Dr. Robles injects the medication.
Ultrasound-guided injections improve your comfort as well as the effectiveness of the treatment. Additionally, this technology reduces the risk of damage to nearby structures, such as nerves and blood vessels.
Musculoskeletal ultrasounds are painless procedures that Dr. Robles performs right in his office. Before he begins, Dr. Robles applies a gel to the skin above the area he’s going to scan. This helps the sound waves pass through your skin.
Then, he touches the transducer to your skin and gently moves it around to view your internal organs. After an ultrasound, you can resume normal activities right away.
If you need a musculoskeletal ultrasound, call New Pain Solutions or book an appointment online.