Plasma Rich Protein injections, as well as corticosteroid injections have shown when administered into the joint, it helps patients relieve pain and aid healing. There are many instances when a blind injection is utilized, or an Ultrasound is used to try and confirm the proper placement of the needle. However, at Comprehensive Spine Center, we are using a new state of the art technology called Mi-eye 2 in-office arthroscopy.
The mi-eye 2 in-office arthroscopy is transforming the evaluation and diagnosis of shoulder and knee tendons, cartilages, and ligament injuries. An MRI scan is a valuable tool in helping diagnose injuries to both the knee and shoulder. However; the scan has its limitations in visualizing the extent of the rotator cuff injury, labral tearing, ligament injury and cartilage damage from trauma and arthritis.
This type of technology allows Dr. Scott Farley to look into the shoulder or knee joint, in order to make a critical diagnoses regarding the determination of a proper treatment plan.
The mi-eye 2 technology is an advanced camera system that allows Dr. Farley to perform a knee or shoulder arthroscopy. The camera utilizes a 14-gauge needle, which is slightly larger than a needle that would be used for a routine blood draw. An anesthetic is injected to numb the soft tissue of the knee and shoulder prior to the placement of the camera.
This process ensures little to no pain for the patient. Once the camera is placed in the joint, all of the structures of the knee and shoulder can be seen. If needed, Plasma Rich Protein or corticosteroid can be injected into the joint. This new technology allows Dr. Farley to accurately diagnose joint injury, by providing videos and pictures of the damaged knee and shoulder structures for later review.