This service is provided by our Associate, Russell young, Consultant Radiologist. His injection service can sometimes be performed within the clinic, but if this is not possible, he works from a number of county wide locations. An injection may require the use of Ultrasound Imagery as a guided technique. This guarantees the location of the injection delivery making it more effective.
Local corticosteroid (steroid) injections are a fast and effective way to reduce pain and swelling. Like any medication, the effects can be temporary but it provides a window of opportunity to rehabilitate the area more effectively. There can be side effects as with any medication but we will attempt to answer any concerns with the information below:
How do we use Steroid Injections and what are they?
Some corticosteroids are naturally occurring in the human body and man-made (synthesised) steroids act like some natural steroids to reduce pain and inflammation. These are not the same as those who use steroids to build muscle or for performance. Steroids can be taken as tablets or administered as an injection. By injecting a tissue, we can provide a much more precise and accurate delivery of the steroid to the target space.
Rheumatology Specialists often use steroids to treat inflammatory conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, however, they can also be effective in the management of degenerative joint disease such as Osteoarthritis.
Different steroid have varied lengths of activity, some work very fast but have a very short period of relief, whereas others, may take 5 days to begin to work but may last up to 3 months. Injections can be repeated if indicated also but there is a limit as excessive steroid to a particular area can cause degeneration of the site.
Cost: £150 for a Corticosteroid Injection
Ultrasound guided: Individualised cost set by the Consultant Radiologist