Whether a patient is getting a PRP treatment, stem cell therapy, or prolotherapy, all of them have one thing in common—they involve a patient getting an injection. To ensure that our injections and treatments are going right where we need them within the body, they are all performed using ultrasound guidance. This guarantees complete accuracy so a patient’s treatment can be as effective as possible. At the New England Stem Cell Institute, our staff includes some of the foremost experts in using ultrasound this way.
Most of the time, when a patient gets an injection, the physician does it completely “blind,” in that they don’t use any kind of guidance to ensure the medicine/therapeutic substance is going where it’s needed. This is why, according to multiple studies, up to 50% of physicians miss their mark when making injections! Even the best treatment in the world won’t work if it isn’t put in the right place.
At the New England Stem Cell Institute, we completely eliminate this margin of error by always using ultrasound guidance during our injections. Because of this, for example, rather than having PRP, stem cells, or cortisone just “go into the shoulder,” we can make sure it reaches an injured labrum or rotator cuff, which is likely where a patient needs it!
This increased accuracy enables a treatment to provide maximum benefit as fast as possible, and it also helps us limit the number of injections a patient needs overall, which most people certainly appreciate! Our approach allows someone to start feeling relief right away so they can begin the next (pain-free) chapter of their life without delay.