MSK injections are delivered to all parts of the body which contain bones, joints and soft tissues.
These injections are common and used in pain management therapy most commonly in your shoulder, knee, wrist or ankle.
To help alleviate this pain, a small local anaesthetic with a steroid is injected into and around the joint and area causing your discomfort. This steroid will help reduce the inflammation and any associated swelling.
HOW DO I PREPARE?
Please arrive early for your exam as you will be asked to complete a questionnaire.
It’s a good idea to dress in a separate top and bottoms, as this makes accessing the area we need access to easier.
We suggest you bring a friend along to drive you home after the appointment, or arrange to get a taxi home.
Technology and Team
MSK Injections are performed using either a CT, Ultrasound or Fluoroscopy.
The injection is delivered by one of our specially trained Radiologists.
Radiologists, Radiographers and our Nurses work together to deliver this service. Due to the number of people involved, this is why we ask you travel to one of our hospital or comprehensive sites for this imaging procedure.
What happens during my examination?
Your Radiographer will explain exactly what will happen during your procedure. It may vary slightly from what we describe below, so don’t worry if this is the case, you’ll always be in very good hands.
On entering the CT or Ultrasound room, you will be introduced to the Radiologist and nurse who will be administering the injection. You will be asked to lie or sit depending on the joint or area in question. We’ll clean the site with antiseptic before the injection and may administer a local anaesthetic to numb the area.
Our Radiologist will then insert a needle using the imaging modality to help guide it into position. This is to ensure the needle is positioned correctly.
Some injections contain a steroid injection and long acting anaesthetic.
Throughout the procedure, the Radiologist will talk to you about what they’re doing. If the procedure is carried out on a CT, the Radiologist may leave the room and come back several times as they review the images on a screen outside of the room.
The injection takes a few minutes, during which time you may feel some minor pressure or discomfort. We’ll do our very best to keep this to a minimum and keep you comfortable.
The procedure will last around 15 minutes. You will be unable to drive in the 24 hours following your procedure and will therefore need to organise for someone to drive you home.
The pain relief gained from this procedure can take a few weeks to work. It typically lasts between 3-6 months.
AFTER YOUR EXAMINATION
A report on the procedure and images will be sent directly to your referring Doctor. Please ensure you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.
You will not be able to drive in the 24 hours after your procedure so we suggest you organise alternative transportation.
The cost of your procedure will depend on various factors. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.