Joint Injection Therapy
Injection therapy can help to treat a number of different conditions:
- Mild to moderate osteoarthritis
- Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Patellar tip syndrome
- Tendinopathy of the shoulder, hip and knee
- Achilles tendinopathy
Below, we go into more detail about joint injection therapy and the different types available.
Corticosteroid (steroid) injections
Steroid injections work by reducing inflammation in the affected joint or tissue and are often given to patients with severe joint or tendon pain. They are injected directly into the site which is affected to give targeted treatment.
Steroids may act fast to ease pain by reducing inflammation and are often given with local anaesthetics. However, you are limited to the total number you may have for a joint.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) therapy
PRP therapy has become more popular due to the added duration of benefit you gain from the treatment. PRP works to reduce pain and heal the affected area by delivering concentrated healing and growth factors from the patient’s own blood. This promotes tissue regeneration and cellular growth.
PRP as a treatment aims to help reduce deterioration in the joint and tissues – delaying or even reducing the need for surgery in the future. It can work as long-term therapy to help patients to heal themselves.
It is rare to see side effects with PRP therapy as it is refined from the patient’s own blood. The concentrated platelets, growth factors and bioactive proteins all help to heal the patient’s injury over time.
Hyaluronic acid injections
Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in joints. It allows them to move easily and freely, helping to absorb the shocks of daily activity.
An injection of hyaluronic acid into the joint can be used to treat pain and increase movement in joints in those suffering from osteoarthritis, with benefits lasting up to 12 months. It can also delay the need for joint replacement compared to steroid therapy or conservative management.
The hyaluronic acid used at the clinic is not made from animal sources reducing the chance of an allergic reaction. The type of hyaluronic acid used at the clinic is a long-acting one. This reduces the need for multiple injections and gives long-lasting benefits, allowing the hyaluronic acid to remain in the joints for a prolonged period of time.
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