Andrew Whitaker was a city bus operator, and over time, turning the large steering wheel caused tearing in his rotator cuff, causing pain in his shoulder, neck and back. For ten years, Andrew has been successfully treated by Dr. Hirahara. He attributes longer lasting pain relief from his procedures to the accuracy of the deposits made possible by Dr. Hirahara’ s skillful ultrasound-guided injections.
“He’s an excellent doctor. I’m all for the ultrasound because it’s better to do that than just be poking around and miss the spot,” says Andrew. “Because what ends up happening is you have to come back and get another injection sooner than later. But with the ultrasound, he could get to the spot and then the shot usually lasts anywhere from four to five months.”
During his 20+ years as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Alan Hirahara, MD, FRCSC has had a lot of experience injecting patients to relieve pain. He’s still the first to admit that he uses ultrasound to make certain he gets to the right spot.