Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections
At Central Health we provide Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections to help relieve pain,
reduce inflammation, and improve mobility. Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections ensure
accurate needle placement at the exact point where treatment is needed to release steroids,
hyaluronic acid and Traumeel in soft tissue and joints.
What Can Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections Be Used For?
Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections can be used to help treat a wide range of conditions and may be used in conjunction with physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation programmes.
Ultrasound Guided Injections are typically used for:
Types of Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections
There are several different types of Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections, and the appropriate treatment will be determined by each individual patient’s requirements. At Central Health we offer:
Ultrasound Guided Pain Relief Injections (Cortisone)
Used to treat a wide range of conditions such as joint pain, arthritis and repetitive strain injuries and provide fast pain relief, Corticosteroid injections effectively treat joint and soft tissue inflammation, which reduces pain and improves joint function. Some steroid injections start to relieve pain within hours and the effects should last about a week, weeks or months. Corticosteroid injections, in general, are well tolerated by the body and do not cause the typical side-effects seen by taking oral steroids or anabolic steroids.
Ultrasound Guided Injection (Hyaluronic)
These injections use a solution containing hyaluronic developed specifically for the treatment of osteoarthritis. They can be injected under ultrasound guidance into the knee, or any of the other synovial joints in the body to decrease pain and stiffness and improve the other symptoms of osteoarthritis. They can also be injected into the tendon sheaths to support both tendon gliding and the regeneration process therefore decreasing pain and improving other symptoms. This effect means hyaluronic can help decrease pain and stiffness of the joint.
Who Can Have Ultrasound Guided Pain Relief Injections?
Most people can have steroid injections. However, a clinician should always be consulted before treatment and you should inform them if you have experienced any of the following:
- Had a steroid injection in the last few weeks. You usually need to wait 6 weeks between injections
- Have had an allergic reaction to local anaesthetic previously
- Have an infection or soon to have any vaccinations
- Are pregnant, breast feeding or trying to fall pregnant
- Have any other pre-existing conditions
- Are taking any other forms of medication
- Taking warfarin or other blood thinning medication
Can Ultrasound Guided Pain Relief Injections Manage My Symptoms Long-Term?
Steroid joint injections aren’t usually used as a long-term treatment. Steroid injections may help to ease symptoms such as pain, stiffness and swelling, and make it easier for you to have other treatments, such as physiotherapy. Your doctor may also recommend anti-inflammatory medicines, rest, ice or heat. It’s also important to look at, and think about, changing how you do certain activities if they may have brought on your symptoms. This may help stop the problem coming back. Your clinician may suggest that you only have a limited number of injections in each affected joint, to reduce the chance of getting side-effects. These include possible damage to your cartilage and tendons. If you still have pain or swelling after a course of steroid injections, speak to your doctor (GP) about alternative treatments.
How Do I Book?
To book your appointment please telephone 01332 281 411 or click on the button below to visit our online booking portal.
Possible Side Effects
As with every procedure, there are some risks associated with steroid injections. We haven’t included the chance of these happening as they are specific to you and differ for every person. Ask your clinician on the day of your appointment to explain how these risks may apply to you.
- More pain and swelling as well as discomfort for a few days in the injected area this usually settles within a couple of days
- Temporary bruising or collection of blood under the skin this usually settles within a couple of days
- A flushed or red face usually only lasts for a few minutes but can last an hour or two
- An infection, causing redness swelling and pain
- De-pigmentation (paler) skin at the injected area
- Fat atrophy (loss of fat thickness) at the injected area
- A rise in blood sugar (more likely for diabetes sufferers)
- Risk of tendon rupture
Your clinician will discuss these factors in detail before injection with you and explain the likelihood in your case specially before injecting
How it Works
Some steroids occur naturally in the human body. Artificial steroids act like natural steroids to reduce inflammation. Corticosteroids are manufactured versions of steroid naturally produced by the glands mainly adrenal gland. When corticosteroids are injected into a joint or tendon they can help relieve inflammation in the joint space, tendon sheath and nearby structures, which can then reduce any pain and stiffness. For the purpose of pain relief, steroids are often used in conjunction with a local anaesthetic such as Lidocaine which can provide immediate pain relief that lasts a few hours.