In 2018 we have introduced a new Injection service to Ambulant Physiotherapy. We are the first private clinic in Preston to offer both CORTISONE and OSTENIL injections.
What is CORTISONE?
Cortisone is a type of Cortico-Steroid, a member of the glucocorticoid family of steroids. It is found naturally in the body, and has been used as a drug since the 1940′s to treat inflammation.
What do Cortisone injections do and how long will the effects last?
Cortisone injections help reduce pain and inflammation in joints and soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Cortisone is usually effective in the tissues for up to 6 weeks. During this time it is acting to reduce inflammation, whether the pain and inflammation returns after the injection has worn off is dependent upon the condition being treated. Sometimes a single injection of cortisone will cure the problem, however degenerative conditions such as Osteoarthritis tend to have varying results.
Where does the needle go and will it hurt?
For a joint injection the needle is placed into the space between the bones, whilst for sort tissue injections the needle is placed into the problem area which is usually a tendon, ligament, or part of a muscle. Whether the procedure hurts is dependent upon the type of injection you are receiving, but usually a Cortisone injection feels comparable to giving blood. The injection can be sore for a few hours afterwards, therefore practitioners will often use Cortisone mixed with a local anaesthetic.
What is OSTENIL?
OSTENIL is a ‘visco-supplementation’ product based on hyaluronic acid that aims to improve the quality of synovial fluid. Visco-supplementation is a relatively new method of treating Osteoarthritis, and is most useful for mild to moderate cases. It is clinically most useful for young Osteoarthritic knees which are not swollen or inflamed, as well as for thumb CMC join Osteoarthritis, with best results in younger patients. OSTENIL is not a medical drug as it does not contain any pharmaceutical agents, and instead can be likened to taking a cod liver oil tablet as opposed to an ibuprofen tablet. Therefore, it does not have any of the side effects associated with Cortisone.
How does it work and how long will the effects last?
OSTENIL is injected directly into the affected joint. It works to increase the amount of hyaluronic acid in the synovial fluid of the joint, this improves lubrication and joint movement. The benefits of the injection are usually apparent within 5-10 days. For knee joins, OSTENIL PLUS is injected once, and its effects can last for 6-12 months after treatment. For small joints of the hands and feet, OSTENIL MINI is used and injected between 1-3 times.
Injection Price List:
Prices vary depending on the type and nature of the injection, and if local anaesthesia has been used. Our practitioners can provide a price after having conducted an over-the-phone assessment and determining how many injections will be needed.
CORTISONE injections typically range from £100-£200
OSTENIL injections typically range from £130-£270
For more information about our injection service, please call 01772 717271. A member of staff can help with any enquiries as well as pass on your information to the practitioners. They will then conduct an over the phone assessment to determine whether an injection would be the best form of treatment for your needs, what type of injection you would benefit from, and how much the procedure would cost.