Mr Kannegieter offers patients who present with pain a variety of injection therapies. We currently offer cortisone and Durolane injections. Later in 2018 we plan to offer PRP injections.

Cortisone (steroid) injections are an incredibly useful tool in reducing pain, aching, throbbing, swelling and inflammation. They are also an important first line treatment for many conditions before surgery is later considered. For example 80% of patients with a Morton's neuroma are significantly improved with conservative treatment including cortisone injections. Other conditions that can be improved with cortisone are;

• Joint pain and arthritis
• Tendonitis
• Capsulitis
• Neuroma
• Bursitis
• Heel pain including plantar fasciitis
• Plantar fibromatosis
• Ganglions


How does it work?

Cortisone is a type of steroid but it is made into a preparation which keeps it mostly in the area that it has been injected rather than spreading about the body. Cortisone, like all steroids, is a very powerful agent for reducing inflammation. Some of the benefits of reducing inflammation includes reducing pain and swelling.

T
he main reason for injecting a steroid at the site of pain and inflammation is that there are fewer side effects to the whole body, as opposed to oral steroids. The results are more effective because a strong concentration of the cortisone is given directly at the site of pain. Synthetic cortisone is long acting, which means relief from symptoms may take several days to work but may last for some months. The local anaesthetic mixed with the cortisone helps to provide some pain relief for the first few hours. Injections can be given in clinic, and can also be arranged under ultrasound or X-ray guidance if required.

Are there risks or side-effects?

There are risks with every medical procedure, however the main ones for cortisone injections are;

• Pain
• Swelling
• Steroid flare
• Infection
• Dimpling of the skin
• Failure to work

If you want to treat your symptoms with this common method of pain relief please contact the Baddow Hospital and ask to see Mr Kannegieter.

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