After a thorough examination and assessment by David he will decide if Injection Therapy is appropriate for you and discuss your options with you.
The benefits and risks of the injection will be explained to you in detail.
You will then require to give your consent for the procedure to take place.
- You will then be placed in a comfortable position.
- The skin is cleaned with antiseptic.
- A needle is gently positioned into the affected area and the solution is injected through the needle.
- A plaster will be placed over the site to keep it clean.
- A few minutes after the injection you will be examined again.
Will I feel any pain?
The injection is not particularly painful as Davd is thoroughly trained in this procedure.
Sometimes it can be sore for a few hours after the procedure.
It is safe for you to continue to take prescribed analgesia during this period.
What happens after the procedure?
If local anaesthetic is also used in the injection, your pain may start to improve within a few minutes; although this may return when it wears off (similar to when you visit the dentist). The
steroid usually starts to work after 24 – 48 hours, but it may take a little longer.
The effect of the injection varies from person to person and usually continues to last for about six weeks. This does not necessarily mean that you will need a second injection, as long as you follow the advice given to you after the injection.
What do I need to do after I go home?
Depending on the cause of your pain, you may be asked to rest the area for a short period after the injection.
This does not usually mean total rest but refraining from activities that make your pain worse, after which you should try to gradually return to full function. This is to maximize the
benefit given by the injection.
You may also be shown some exercises to do whilst you are in the clinic.
If you are having other medical treatment within six weeks, you should tell the treating clinician that you have received a corticosteroid injection.
Will I have a follow-up appointment?
You may be asked to attend a follow up appointment a few weeks after your injection to check your progress.
David may also wish to follow up with some manual therapy appointments.
Occasionally, more than one injection is needed and this can be discussed at this appointment.