Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ICPR Offers Ultrasound-Guided Injections for Less Painful, More Accurate Treatment of Joint Pain


Illinois Centers for Pain and Rehab (ICPR) is boosting the level of care provided to patients with its newest service, ultrasound-guided injections.

For years, ICPR has offered patients an alternative, non-surgical solution for knee pain associated with osteoarthritis. The revolutionary KNee Arthritis Program (KNAP) – which combines hyaluronan replacement therapy, a personalized physical therapy plan, and a home exercise regimen – has been proven up to 90 percent effective in treating moderate to severe knee pain and can eliminate the need for patients to undergo risky and painful knee replacement surgery. Now, ICPR is taking this a step further by offering ultrasound-guided injections.

“With the help of ultrasound imaging,” Volkan Sumer, DO, said. “I am able to accurately pinpoint the area of treatment. This helps me work around nerves to deliver medicine to the precise point it is needed most. Not only am I able to treat the exact point of inflammation – rendering it more effective – but the procedure itself is more tolerable because of the accuracy of needle placement.”

While this new technique has been used predominantly with KNAP to treat knee arthritis pain, patients with other types of joint and muscle pain are also finding relief at ICPR, including those with neck pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Margaret Singleton, a patient who suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome shared her story: "I had severe pain at night, my hands and wrists throbbed. After receiving the injection, I had immediate relief. My hands didn’t even get numb. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am so thankful."

In addition to KNAP and ultrasound-guided injections, ICPR Family Practice offers complete family medical services – focusing on treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. Those wanting to learn more about the KNAP program and how ICPR can help them live more active lives – without pain – should register to attend a free seminar with Dr. Sumer or call (309) 347-ICPR (4277).

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