At The Physio Group, Stephen Brannigan is a fully qualified injection therapist.
He performs two types of injections, only after a clinical assessment and thorough history taking from the patient.
Cortico-Steroid drugs have had negative publicity in recent years. Many members of the public are worried about them and this fear is sometimes shared by those in the medical professions. If injection therapy is used properly, however, the potential benefits vastly outweigh the possible side-effects.
The art of good injection therapy is to place the appropriate amount of the appropriate drug at the appropriate time into the exact site of the affected tissue. This means that the clinician practising injection therapy must possess a high level of diagnostic and technical skill.
Steroid injections are thought to work by:
Conditions which can be treated by cortico-steroid injection:
Problems with injection therapy arise when:
This involves injecting a lubricant called Hyulorate into a joint which is affected by symptoms of Osteoarthritis (wear and tear of a joint). When a joint develops osteoarthritis there is usually a wearing down of the joint cartilage. This leads to a decrease of fluid lubrication and can cause grinding and pain. Viscosupplementation uses a substance called hyaluronic acid which is found in normal joint fluid. It is a gel like substance and can help lubricate the joint.
Usually a course of 4 injections over 6 weeks is recommended along with a structured rehabilitation program to improve joint mobility and strength. Results to date are extremely encouraging and although they won’t cure arthritis they can significantly reduce the pain from it.