If you are waiting for surgery, the delays caused by the pandemic may well have caused a worsening or your symptoms or deterioration of your condition. Unfortunately, there is now such a backlog of patients waiting for surgery that you may face further delays even though things are slowly starting to get back to normal.
The benefits of therapeutic injections
If you are experiencing on-going or worsening pain, ultrasound-guided injections can offer short to medium-term relief from symptoms while you are waiting for a more permanent solution. At W27 we offer:
- Ultrasound guided corticosteroid injections: These are injections of corticosteroids, into various joints and the soft tissues surrounding the joints. They are an effective way to relieve pain and reduce inflammation caused by arthritis. Ultrasound imaging is used to guide the injections in real-time and ensure they are administered in precisely the right place.
- Dry needling: This is a technique to promote cellular regeneration and healing in damaged tendons. Ultrasound is used to guide the needle into precisely the right position for maximum effectiveness.
- Injections of hyaluronic acid: These help to lubricate joints that are affected by wear and tear. Again, we use ultrasound imaging to assist with accuracy.
- Ultrasound guided injections of platelet rich plasma: These are part of an emerging field of healthcare called orthobiologics which combines new technologies with the body’s own natural healing abilities. Platelet rich plasma from the patient’s own body is injected into damaged tissues to stimulate the growth of new healthy cells and the promotion of healing.
- Hydrodilatation for frozen shoulder: This involves injecting a mix of steroid, local anaesthetic and saline solution into a frozen shoulder to treat the inflammation and stretch the joint capsule. This helps to relieve pain and improve the range of movement in the shoulder.
What are therapeutic injections used for?
Therapeutic injections provide short-term relief from pain and a reduction in inflammation. They are used to treat a range of conditions including:
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Chronic tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Jumper’s knee
- Lateral hip pain and gluteal tendinopathy
- Frozen shoulder
Can I have treatment alongside a Covid vaccination?
If you are having a Covid-19 vaccination, The British Orthopaedic Association has issued helpful guidance about the best timing for treatments, including therapeutic injections. It is recommended that you wait seven days after having either dose of the vaccine before having a surgical procedure. This is to ensure that any symptoms that arise as a result of the vaccination are not confused with post-surgical complications.
If you are having an ultrasound guided injection of corticosteroids, it is safe to have this alongside the Covid vaccine however your body might not produce such a good immune response. Consequently, you may wish to delay the steroid injection for a couple of weeks. We recommend discussing this with your orthopaedic consultant.
Find out more
We have produced a range of short, informative videos that explain each of the different therapeutic injections we offer and provide a brief illustration of what to expect. These are quick procedures carried out in the outpatients clinic. It is fine to eat and drink normally beforehand and you should be able to go home straight afterwards.
It’s important not to suffer in silence while you are waiting for orthopaedic surgery. Talk to us about the full range of musculoskeletal treatments we offer, including therapeutic injections for effective, short-term relief from debilitating symptoms.
SPORTS INJURY TREATMENT | MANCHESTER, LANCASHIRE & CHESHIRE
W27 provides fast, accurate diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal symptoms and conditions using the latest state-of-the-art imaging facilities.
For your appointment there is a choice of locations:
The John Charnley Wing, Wrightington Hospital – Hall Lane, Appley Bridge, Wigan, WN6 9EP
HCA The Wilmslow Hospital – 52 Alderley Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1NY
Euxton Hall Hospital – Wigan Road, Euxton, Chorley, PR7 6DY
The Spire Manchester – 170 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2AF
The OrthTeam Centre Ohm Building – 168 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 2AF
MedSerena Upright MRI Centre – 26-28 The Boulevard, Manchester, M20 2EU
Information about our Fees can be found here.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options with a specialist, please contact the team to book an initial consultation.