Injection Therapies

We offer two types of injection therapy within our practice corticosteroid injection for an anti-inflammatory effect and Ostenil injection.

Corticosteroid Injection (cortisone)

Steroids are hormones located within the body and are responsible for the regulation of inflammation, metabolism, immune function, as well as salt and water balance. When a joint/soft tissue becomes inflamed and the body cannot respond to reduce the inflammation, steroid injections can be used to assist in reducing inflammation and swelling at the structure.

Steroid injection consists of small amount of corticosteroid that has an anti-inflammatory action and local anaesthetic which numbs the area temporarily. Injections into soft tissues and joints can be very effective in giving pain relief when the tissue is inflamed.  It is known as a local injection because it acts only in that area and does not travel around the body.

A cortisone injection can be used at any point during a treatment plan but generally are used when conservative first line treatments such as footwear advice, stretching, low level laser therapy, mobilisation or bespoke orthoses have had only limited success.

Cortisone injections can be used on the following conditions

 

The effect of the steroid is usually felt within 1 to 2 days but can be up to 10 days after the injection. The steroid provides up to six months of relief, however this duration is dependent on each patient.

Ostenil Injection

An alternative to steroid injection within an arthritic joint is a substance called Ostenil.

Ostenil is an injectable substance made up of Sodium Hyaluronate which is used in the treatment of osteoarthritis to reduce the symptoms of a painful joint/s. It increases the viscosity of what’s known as synovial fluid found in your joints. The treatment helps to restore the body’s synovial fluid’s lubricating and shock-absorbing properties. This can reduce the pain, swelling and stiffness, and improve the other symptoms of osteoarthritis.

The benefits of Ostenil injections can last up to six-nine months. Once the effects of the first course of injections wear off you can, if you choose, have another course.

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