Steroid injections (also known as corticosteroid injections) are types of anti-inflammatory medicines. They are used to treat a wide range of conditions such as joint pain, sciatica, arthritis and repetitive strain injury.
Corticosteroids are manufactured versions of hormones naturally produced by the adrenal glands. When corticosteroids are injected into a joint or muscle they can help relieve inflammation in a nearby part of the body, which can then reduce any pain and stiffness.
When steroids are given for the purpose of pain relief, they are often used in conjunction with a local anaesthetic called Lidocaine. This will provide immediate pain relief that lasts a few hours.
Injections also more effectively treat joint inflammation, which reduces pain and improves joint function.
There can be side effects to Hydrocortisone Injections and it is not permitted for everyone. Please call the clinic and ask to speak to an Injection Specialist prior to booking to see if this is a viable treatment option for you.
As an Independent Prescriber, Dean Dickinson, can prescribe and administer these injections without the assistance of a Doctor or Consultant. We may use Ultrasonography to guide the injection, however it is not always necessary.
OSTENIL® PLUS is a solution containing hyaluronic acid developed specifically for the treatment of osteoarthritis. It can be injected into the knee, or any of the other synovial joints in the body to decrease pain and stiffness and improve the other symptoms of osteoarthritis.
It contains a higher concentration of sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) than standard OSTENIL®, plus mannitol, and offers the option to reduce the number of injections to one per treatment cycle.
This medication is injected into the space between the joint that contains synovial fluid and works to restore the balance between the breakdown and production of hyaluronic acid. This effect means OSTENIL® PLUS can help decrease pain and stiffness of the joint.
OSTENIL® PLUS should be injected directly into the joint(s) affected by osteoarthritis by a fully qualified clinician. It is unlikely you will notice any benefits straight away, but you should gradually begin to feel a reduction in pain and stiffness over the following few weeks, which is likely to continue for several months.
When the effect of OSTENIL® PLUS begins to wear off, if considered appropriate by your clinician, you may safely choose to have another injection whenever necessary.