Noninvasive and predictable, ultrasound is a versatile tool for osteoarthritis treatment in Encinitas CA
The most common type of rheumatic disease, osteoarthritis affects more than 80% of people aged 55 and older. It’s a complex, multi-faceted disease that often calls for multi-faceted diagnostics and treatments, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. As a Board-Certified Rheumatologist, Dr. Peter Lloyd uses proven technologies such as ultrasound for osteoarthritis in Encinitas CA. Ultrasound can be used as both a powerful tool to pinpoint the cause of chronic and debilitating symptoms and to ease these symptoms in a non-invasive and highly accurate manner.
With a long-standing record of safety and effectiveness, ultrasound as a non-ionizing energy form associated with a range of biological effects. So, it’s useful in managing a variety of clinical conditions.
Ultrasound can be a valuable tool in the early detection of osteoarthritis (OA). It helps determine both the type and extent of bone and cartilage-related damage. Ultrasound allows for imaging of both structural changes and inflammatory activity related to OA. Furthermore, it can be an excellent way to detect synovitis, which is inflammation of the membranes that line the synovial joints. Dr. Lloyd may use ultrasound to monitor the progression of the disease and assess the effectiveness of treatment approaches. S0, via ultrasound, minimal inflammation and other changes that can be detected to help identify those patients that are at higher risk of developing progressive OA.
Ultrasound as therapy
Therapeutic ultrasound is often used in conjunction with physical therapy, and to ease the pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis. Ultrasound is an effective and safe imaging technique when guiding intra-articular injections within the joints. Dr. Lloyd uses such imaging to assure the proper, precision positioning of the needle inside of the target joint cavity.
Both as a diagnostic tool and as a therapy, ultrasound generally delivers sound waves that produce vibration to target areas. These vibrations occur at such high frequencies that they are not detectable to the patient. The vibrations may either be “pulsed” or “continuous,” with the former generating heat while the latter doesn’t have thermal effects. Thermal and non-thermal effects alike have been associated with positive outcomes; for instance, improved pain management and increased range of motion. The mechanical effects are thought to directly stimulate and regenerate damaged cartilage.
By using such low-power sound waves, ultrasound is not associated with known risks. Patients also appreciate ultrasound’s non-invasiveness. In turn, it is a very safe and predictable technology in the management of OA symptoms.
What to expect
Ultrasound requires little to no preparation. Dr. Lloyd will discuss specific instructions with you. On the day of your appointment, you should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to leave jewelry and other valuables at home. A water-based gel is applied to the treatment areas to help send sound waves into your body. These sound waves are responsible for creating the images that are used diagnostically, to guide injections, or for therapeutic effects. Dr. Lloyd uses a handheld device against the prepared skin to capture images as needed. Depending on your specific situation, the whole process can be completed in around 30 minutes.
Ultrasound is powerful and versatile. How can we help you? Call Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center at 760-509-2429 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lloyd at the Encinitas CA office.