Injections

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Joint Injections: what's available?

There are three key types of joint injection available for managing shoulder, hip, knee and other joint and tendon pain. These are Cortisone steroids, Hyaluronic Acid and Platelet Rich Plasma.

Cortisone

Helping to decrease inflammation

Cortisone (corticosteroid) are effective at suppressing inflammation. When your diagnosis identifies an excessive or prolonged inflammatory response then guided injections of cortisone are an appropriate treatment.

It is not however uncommon to hear people, including some medical professionals claim that they don't work. They do. The trick to making sure they do relies on accurate diagnosis and an accurate injection.

Not all experiences of pain are generated by inflammation. In this situation injections have little benefit. Not all injections are administered under guidance; non specific injections often end up being intra-muscular, which will disperse throughout the body.

Guided injections ensure the medication is intra-articular (inside the joint) or within fluid sacs such as bursa. Sometimes guided injections are used to dilate specific tissues and /or separate tissue deep in the body to enhance tissue movement.

Ostenil

Helping to maintain joint lubrication

Ostenil is a product containing Hydrolonic acid. All synovial joints have hydrolonic acid within them, but there are times during joint degeneration and inflammation when the acid balance is incorrect.

Ostenil is a well engineered chemical that helps restore this balance, which in turn optimises the joints fluid and chemistry.

Many people find Ostenil injections beneficial for the long term management of osteoarthritis. There are no reported side effects with the use of Ostenil and therefore it is a very safe medical to use.

Ostenil Plus is a stronger version of standard Ostenil and requires only one injection as opposed to three. 

If you are suffering with joint degeneration and want to commence a treatment plan that helps improve strength, alignment and enhanced joint movement, then Ostenil is an excellent addition. You still need to exercise correctly, but optimising joint chemistry is another treatment aid that can ensure you get the best results.

PRP

Optimising tissue repair

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a process that encourages healing. By extracting Growth Platelet's from an individuals own blood, we can then inject the solution into areas of tissue damage. 

Not all body tissues have a good blood supply. Ligaments and tendons in particular have limited access to essential nutrients within the blood and therefore healing is often a slow process. By extracting PRP and then injecting the growth factors into these damaged areas, it is possible to speed up the process.

PRP and Platelet Poor Plasma (PPP) is now showing good evidence as a long term treatment for joint degeneration and the management of symptoms caused by Osteoarthritis.

It is essential that these injections are administered with accurate needle placement and therefore guidance by ultrasound.    

High specification ultrasound scanner to improve diagnosis and needle placement for joint injections
Platelet Rich Plasma PRP injections can improve healing for long term pain problems and ligament and joint injury's