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Guided Injection for Chronic Pain Management

Ultrasound guided injection for chronic pain management

Ultrasound guided injection for chronic pain management

At Fusion Healthcare, we offer effective chronic pain management in the form of ultrasound-guided steroid injections, capable of treating chronic and acute joint pain in many areas of the body. This form of treatment can provide immediate and long-term relief to your joints. Ultrasound guided injections are often recommended for their ability to target localised pain accurately via ultrasound. Additionally, the combination of local anaesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication provides immediate relief from the pain. 

Whether you have pain in one joint from an injury (or just wear and tear), or you’ve developed osteoarthritis in multiple joints, injections could help. Injections may be appropriate for joints throughout your body, including your knee, hip, shoulder, ankle, and sacroiliac (SI) joints.

Guided Injection for Chronic Pain Management

Chronic Pain Management

How does it work?

The procedure is carried out by one of our highly experienced musculoskeletal sonographers who will carry out initial ultrasound screening of the target area to determine the extent of the issue and determine the exact area for needle insertion. Using the ultrasound probe, the clinician will guide the needle and its contents into the target site.

 A mix of local anaesthetic and a small dose of steroid is injected into the target site. The local anaesthetic provides immediate relief to the site. The steroid, also known as corticosteroid, is an anti-inflammatory medication used to reduce inflammation at the target site and provide longer term relief. This combination should effectively target the site and issue. The period of time that the steroids effects lasts varies depending on your condition. 

The clinician will test the immediate results of the injection and advise on next steps.

What can steroid injections target?

There are many reasons why a steroid injection may be the right decision for you; these injections can be used to treat a number of conditions:

  • Joint point
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis

The initial diagnostic ultrasound scans performed prior to the injection may be able to determine the issue and allow for more accurate treatment.

We advise loose clothing be worn around the target area, and that patients wait in our clinic for 10-15 minutes following the injection so we can monitor for any adverse reactions. We also advise that patients receiving an ultrasound guided steroid injection arrange transport home and do not attempt to drive themselves.

Side effects

There are possible side effects which may be encountered when receiving an ultrasound guided steroid injection. These include:

  • Pain and discomfort in the area for a few days
  • Bruising in target site
  • Flushing of the face

Rare side effects include:

  • Infection of the target site: Redness, swelling, and pain
  • Changes to vision 

In the event of these rare side effects following your appointment, please seek medical advice immediately

 

Ultrasound guided steroid injections are a great option for many. At Fusion Healthcare our staff will provide patients with a health questionnaire and consultation before proceeding to establish if this treatment is the best option. Patients will be provided with thorough and attentive care by our clinicians and staff and can expect high quality treatment throughout.

The entire process takes about 30-40 minutes and includes: health consultation prior to procedure, initial ultrasound scans of target area, ultrasound guided injection, post-injection monitoring. All patients will receive a written report which can be presented to their GP should they wish.

Loose clothing is advised to be worn around the target area, and patients will be asked to wait in our clinic for 10-15 minutes following the injection so we can monitor for any adverse reactions. We also advise that patients receiving an ultrasound guided steroid injection arrange transport home and do not attempt to drive themselves.

 

In addition to Ultrasound guided injections, we offer a range of other private and affordable medical services: Private doctor consultations, a range of private blood tests, private diagnostic ultrasound scans, Travel vaccines, medical vaccines, PCO taxi/HGV medical assessment, preventative allergy treatment, and a range of private beauty services.

If you are interested or want to find out more about this service or any of the other services Fusion Healthcare provides, please contact us below:

TEL: 01582 249449
EMAIL: info@fusion-radiology.com

Our Clinic based in Luton.