Used to settle chronic inflammation that has not responded to conventional means and is lasting longer than 8 weeks. Used at the correct time and as part of a broader rehab management program they are a powerful anti inflammatory that effectively reduces pain and inflammation.
In particular corticosteroids are excellent for wrist pain, osteoarthritis, frozen shoulders, rotator cuff pain and Morton’s neuroma.
Protein Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are fast becoming the natural alternative to steroid injections. A sample of blood is taken and then separated using centrifuge. The protein rich plasma is then injected into the injury site.
The theory behind PRP is based on the regeneration of tissues rather than temporarily stopping inflammation. The proteins of the blood contain many growth factors that help to rebuild the body’s tissues.
PRP injections have been used in high level athletes for 20 years with excellent success in stimulating the body's own natural healing process.
PRP can be used in knee osteoarthritis, meniscus and cartilage tears, tendo achillies pain, plantar fasciitis, tennis / golfers elbow, wrist pain, rotator cuff tears, shoulder pain, chronic soft tissue injuries.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occuring substance within joints. HA injections are primarily used to relieve the pain and progression of osteoarthritic joints.
Typically there is a 70-80% response rate to hyaluronic acid injections with most people experiencing 6-12 months of pain relief.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance so there is no limit to the amount of injections you can have – unlike corticosteroids.
HA can be used for osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, big toe, thumb and shoulder pain.