New Ultrasound Therapy for Tennis Elbow
Works for Other Ligament, Tendon Injuries, Too
Michael A. Sullivan, MD, associate chairman, department of radiology, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, says using ultrasound to guide needle therapy is a major advance. "For years people have been injecting joints blindly: If it hurts here, inject here. That can be successful, but it can also cause more harm than good. This is really a logical way to improve that approach." Sullivan was not involved in Nazarian's study.
Asked if the ultrasound-guided approach would be used to treat professional athletes, Nazarian says "we were at spring training with the Phillies last year and I can tell you that this was very effective for a minor league pitcher. You know if you operate on an athlete that often means missing all or most of a season. Using this approach he was back in the lineup in a short time. I don't know if he will ever make the major leagues, but I think this procedure helped him have a better chance."
Nazarian says that he also used the ultrasound-guided technique to treat an English soccer player who was frequently benched by injuries but after treatment the man went on "to be named an alternate to the Britain's World Cup Team."