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Musculoskeletal Infiltration

Infiltrations guided by ultrasound involves injecting an anti-inflammatory agent into your joints, bursa or tendons to relieve pain and inflammation. Imagix offers two types of infiltrations: cortisone infiltrations and infiltrations using a viscosupplement.

ImagixTM offers two types of infiltrations: cortisone infiltrations and infiltrations using a viscosupplement. The total duration of your visit for this examination can be between 30 and 60 minutes, even though the examination procedure itself will only last between 15 and 30 minutes.

What is a Musculoskeletal infiltration?

a doctor holding a syringe and getting ready to infiltrate

The infiltration guided by ultrasound involves injecting an anti-inflammatory agent into your joints, bursa or tendons to relieve pain and counter inflammation.

Imagix offers two types of infiltrations:

Cortisone infiltrations, a powerful anti-inflammatory medication, are used for the treatment of several musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • shoulder pain (tendinitis, bursitis, impingement syndrome, osteoarthritis)
  • knee pain (osteoarthritis, meniscal tear, arthritis, goose foot tendinitis)
  • Neck Pain
  • Bursitis of the thigh (below the hip)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis of the thumb
  • Stenosing tenosynovitis (trigger finger)
  • Osteoarthritis of the thumb
  • Arnold's neuralgia

The infiltration of a viscosupplement, a lubricating fluid, relieves pain associated with osteoarthritis in the joints. Pain relief can last 6-12 months and the infiltration can be repeated if your symptoms reappear.

In general, the viscosupplement infiltration is very well tolerated. In rare cases, you may experience a slight inflammation of the joints within 48 hours of your treatment. This can can be relieved by icing.

Examination procedure

For the examination procedure :

  • our health professional will help you lay down comfortably on an exam table. The radiologist will perform your first ultrasound and examination of the affected area.
  • If the radiologist feels that a procedure can be of benefit to you, they will inject a local anesthetic (e.g. lidocaine) near the muscle or joint. You will then receive an injection of cortisone or a viscosupplement.

Please note that the total duration of your visit for this examination can be between 30 and 60 minutes, even though the examination procedure itself will only last between 15 and 30 minutes.

A medical prescription is required to perform this examination.

The costs of this examination are covered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).

If your healthcare professional has prescribed this examination or if you have any questions, contact us at 1 800 463-7674.

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