Cortisone steroid injections with Dr Humble at the Hedox Clinic

Cortisone steroid injections with Dr Humble at the Hedox Clinic

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer a variety of ultrasound guided joint pain injections at the Hedox clinic with Dr Humble. As well as being a talented aesthetic doctor, Dr Humble is an highly experienced Consultant in Pain Medicine, with a special expertise in ultrasound and steroid injections for joint pains, bursitis, hay fever and other conditions.

Cortisone steroid injections

Cortisone steroid injections have an excellent safety record and can be injected with or without ultrasound into joints and soft tissue around the body routinely to provide rapid pain relief.  Cortisone is very similar to a steroid which is produced by the body and can have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect to help reduce pain, heat, inflammation and swelling.

What are the benefits of cortisone injections?

Cortisone injections reduce inflammation. This effect will in turn, help reduce pain facilitate the movement and rehabilitation of a joint or tendon. Once the pain has been reduced and movement has been improved, it is then possible to begin physiotherapy and or an exercise program to help improve things further.

It is important to note that the effectiveness of cortisone injections may vary from person to person, with some having a greater improvement than others. It is not possible to predict with great accuracy which person will respond the most.

Where are cortisone injections generally effective?

Cortisone injections can be useful for:

  • Hay fever, allergies or severe asthma
  • Shoulder pain and osteoarthritis
  • Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Pain in the wrist and hand
  • Low back pain and sacroiliitis
  • Pain in the hip joint area and bursitis
  • IT Band syndrome
  • Knee pain
  • Ankle and foot pain

Intramuscular injections for allergies and hay fever

If you suffer from severe hay fever symptoms such as watery/itchy/red eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, and are getting limited relief from usual hay fever remedies, the intramuscular injections of systemic corticosteroid could be the solution.

The intramuscular injections into the gluteal muscle (in the buttock area) offers patients enhanced protection from the physical symptoms of hay fever that can be uncomfortable, disruptive and frustrating for everyday life.

Trigger point injections

Trigger point injections are injections of local (numbing) anaesthetic into the trigger points. This can also include a combination of cortisone and/or Botulinum Toxin A.

The aim of a trigger point injection is to relax the area of intense muscle spasm. This helps to reduce the residual pain associated with the spasm. A trigger point is a knot or a tight band of muscle that has developed as a result of the muscle spasming and failing to relax as it should. This can then trap or irritate surrounding nerves and cause referred pain, which is felt in another part of the body.

Trigger-point injections can be an effective treatment to treat trigger points and minimise their impact.

What are the benefits of trigger point injections?

Trigger point injections aim to relax the muscle spasm and reduce the associated pain.  They may also help stop any associated symptoms of stiffness or restricted movement.

Where are trigger points generally effective?

Trigger point injections can be effective in many areas, these include:

  • Base of the Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Spine
  • Lower back

Botulinum Toxin A Trigger point injections

Similar to trigger point injections above, but with the addition of Botulinum Toxin A. This is often added to trigger point injections where pain relief may last a short period of time.  It produces a longer lasting trigger point injection. Botulinum Toxin A can induce muscle relaxation which may have an analgesic benefit.

Migraine Injection treatment with Botulinum Toxin A

Botulinum Toxin A injections for migraine headaches consists of injections across 7 specific muscle groups around the head and neck (up to 31 injection points in total). Botulinum Toxin A is injected across the frontalis (the forehead), the corrugators (near the inner eyes), temporalis (temples), procerus (between the eyebrows), the occipital (back of the head), cervical paraspinal (top of neck) and trapezius (base of the neck).

By reducing muscle activity in these areas, symptoms and severity of migraines can be significantly reduced.  Patients get long lasting benefit from this treatment, with reductions in both the frequency and the intensity of migraines observed. In some cases, repeat injections are required every six months. This therapy can help patients reduce their dependence on pharmaceutical medications for migraines.

If you would like to book in for a consultation or for steroid injections, contact us now on 0208 185 7273 or email us at info@hedoxclinic.co.uk

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