August 24, 2019   •   November 9, 2019   •   February 1, 2020   •   April 4, 2020

Ultrasound-Guided Joint Injection and Aspiration for Arthritic Conditions and Hemophilia, presented by the UC San Diego School of Medicine has been developed as an educational opportunity to provide training in ultrasound-guided intra-articular needle placement, to perform joint injections and aspirations. Many practices caring for patients with orthopedic conditions, sports injuries or hemophilia have introduced musculoskeletal ultrasound for non-invasive management of painful joints. Adding training to perform needle placement into joints using ultrasound guidance will greatly enhance providers’ ability to manage joint pains by aspiration of joint fluid/blood as well as placement if intra-articular injections.  

In addition, you may wish to take this course in conjunction with Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Training for Hemophilia and Other Arthritic Conditions, a 3-day hands-on course developed to provide training in musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) for evaluation of hemophilic and other arthritic conditions. Click here for more information.

Target Audience

This educational program is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and physical therapists involved and/or interested in point-of care ultrasound-guided intra-articular interventions to manage arthritic conditions and other musculoskeletal conditions, including hemophilic joint disease.


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of guided versus unguided intra-articular injections
  • Describe the indications and contra-indications of performing ultrasound guided intra-articular injections
  • Perform ultrasound-guided needle placement into joints
  • Identify sonographic target interfaces for accurate joint injections
  • Operate an ultrasound machine to include beam steer and optimization techniques for needle visualization
  • Use the Color Flow and Power Doppler to visualize vessels
  • Describe various approaches to access the intraarticular space for needle placement based on underlying joint pathology
  • Describe sterile techniques for needle placement
  • Describe advantages and limitations of current intraarticular treatment modalities for pain relief

UC San Diego Health Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center

The Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center has cared for patients with hemophilia since its founding in 1989. It later became one of approximately 130 federally funded Hemophilia Treatment Centers, with a mandate to reach out to all patients with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders in the community in order to improve and specialize their care, as well as to ensure and afford access to life-saving clotting factors.

The mission of the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center is to provide state-of-the art care to our patients with a team of specialized and highly trained physicians, nurses, physical therapists and social workers. This includes:

  • Access to and appropriate use of clotting factors
  • All-around medical care focused on the needs of adolescent, adult, and aging patients with hemophilia, including care for hemophilic arthropathy, osteoporosis, cancer and cardiovascular disease. In addition, the center works closely with the Owen Clinic and the Liver Center to ensure that patients with hemophilia and HIV and/or hepatitis B and C virus receive appropriate treatment.
  • State-of the-art research for the hemophilia community, with opportunities to participate in clinical trials studying new long-lasting clotting factor products, bypassing agents for patients with inhibitors, as well as studying joint disease and cardiovascular disease in hemophilia. This effort has the ultimate goal to create new knowledge for patients with hemophilia, advance the field and improve care paradigms.





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