Visualize Your Needle: Ultrasound for Painless and Accurate MSK Injections

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Dr. Alan Hirahara, who is board certified in both orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine, teaches how to visualize your needle and target anatomy with high-definition ultrasound to effectively treat pain with every procedure.

In this 1-hour webinar, you’ll learn how effective, easy and affordable it is to add handheld ultrasound to your practice. Dr. Hirahara teaches:

  • Basics on POCUS-guided treatment modalities for MSK pathologies
  • How to perform painless and slick ultrasound-guided knee injections
  • How to accurately inject into the subacromial bursa rather than near it
  • How to use ultrasound to guide tendon injections for maximal benefit

Research has accumulated over the past decade that ultrasound consistently delivers more accurate needle placement when compared to gold standard evaluation. Join Dr. Hirahara to learn how to use handheld ultrasound in your practice and up your game!

Getting “close enough” isn’t good enough when travelling to a new destination, so why accept it for our patients? Today, we use GPS to know exactly where we are. The paper map and compass are a thing of the past. So let’s put blind injections behind us with AI-powered ultrasound, now so affordable, accessible and easy to use.

Relying on landmark approaches to delivering injections in the clinic and the operating room has normalized patient pain and discomfort during procedures and leads to only satisfactory results. Dr. Alan M Hirahara, MD, FRCSC, invites his fellow orthopaedic surgeons, sport medicine experts and all physicians who perform MSK procedures to learn how to use handheld ultrasound to guide their needle to the exact anatomical target.

Research shows that clinicians who use ultrasound to guide their injections report improved patient satisfaction as there is significantly decreased pain and discomfort with more rapid improvement. It’s time to move beyond antiquated blind procedures and watch our needles in real-time with high-definition visualization of patient anatomy. The only barrier is some minimal training and an affordable ultrasound device.

Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, sports medicine expert and educator extraordinaire, Dr. Hirahara has been using ultrasound to guide his clinic procedures for over a decade. In this webinar, he brings knowledge for beginner, intermediate and advanced point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) users from all walks of clinical practice.

Dr. Hirahara is joined by Dr. Oron Frenkel, MD, Emergency Physician and Chairman of the Clarius Medical Advisory Board. They show you how to take your procedural skills to the next level with ultrasound-guided injections and help you build practical skills that you can use with your next patient. Let’s make blind injections a thing of the past!

Alan M Hirahara, MD, FRCSC Interventional Pain Management

Interventional Pain Management

Alan M Hirahara, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Alan M Hirahara, MD, FRCSC, is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in arthroscopic shoulder surgery and sports medicine. He runs a busy private practice in Sacramento, California. Dr. Hirahara speaks and teaches nationally and internationally, with published research on arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery, orthobiologics and the use of ultrasound. Dr. Hirahara is board certified in both orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine in both the United States and Canada. He was recently appointed to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports and is currently involved with the Health & Safety Committee for the Big Sky Conferences. He is the medical director and team physician for California State University, Sacramento Athletics and head team physician for the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Affiliate, San Francisco Giants). He has been the team physician for the NCAA championships and Olympic Trials in Sacramento since 2001. Dr. Hirahara did his fellowship training in orthopaedic sports medicine at the University of Toronto under Dr. Anthony Miniaci. He completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery in French at l’Université de Montréal. Dr. Hirahara attended medical school at UCSF and completed his BS in Kinesiology at UCLA with College Honors, Departmental Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Oron Frenkel, M.D., M.S. Emergency Physician

Emergency Physician

Oron Frenkel, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Oron Frenkel completed his MS and MD simultaneously at the University of California Joint Medical Program in Berkeley and San Francisco, completing his residency in Emergency Medicine followed by a fellowship in Point-of-Care Ultrasound at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, California. He moved to British Columbia with the goal of increasing use of point-of-care ultrasound across the province, especially among rural practitioners. An avid educator, Dr. Frenkel is constantly evaluating the best teaching methods for disseminating this technology, how to measure competency in its practice, and its effects on outcomes for individual patients. Dr. Frenkel serves as Chairman of the Clarius Medical Advisory Board.