What You Need To Know
Corticosteroids and anaesthetics: A corticosteroid medication is used to decrease inflammation, as it has a powerful ant-inflammatory action. An anaesthetic is used to abolish the sensation of pain.
Assessment procedure: If you wish to be assessed for an ultrasound guided corticosteroid injection, you will need to bring the following information: Any ultrasound studies done by a Radiologist and Sonographer of the region, in the last three months. A referral is not necessary, however you may bring referral from your specialist or general practitioner, which will be required if a managed care Medicare plan is involved. A managed care plan may allow some Medicare benefits may be available. Private health funds may pay a percentage of the treatment program.
For your first assessment appointment: A full examination will be carried out, including any relevant vascular, neurological, dermatological or biomechanical assessment, including a full general medical and medicines history review. If an ultrasound guided injection is decided upon, the frequency of the injection can potentially be up to four times per year, depending on the condition treated. The outcome of the injections vary, with some patients experiencing reduced symptoms of pain for many months, or even longer terms.
On the injection day: We advise you to bring someone with you to drive, as there is a small risk of fainting after anaesthetics. We do not recommend driving directly after anaesthetics.