Cortisone is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. It is used to treat a wide range of soft tissue inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis or bursitis. Cortisone injections can be administered using ultrasound guidance.
Exercise is the most cost effective intervention for pain relief of osteoarthritic joints and can significantly improve quality of life. The Newtown Medical Centre exercise program combines 12 weekly, supervised sessions in our gym with home-based activity and a health management plan. Our Sport and Exercise Physicians and Exercise Physiologists tailor a specific program for each patient and monitor recovery.
Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Therapy (PRP)
PRP stimulates the body’s own repair mechanisms to promote pain relief through healing” Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Therapy (PRP) is derived from your blood. It uses the body’s own anti-inflammatory and growth factors to facilitate repair and promote healing. PRP is a developing treatment for mild to moderate osteoarthritis and soft tissue injuries. Some tissues in the body have poor blood supply and, as a result, are unable to repair themselves. In these cases physiotherapy and other primary treatments are less effective, but PRP can help.
Blood contains small cells called “platelets” with growth factors that, when released, stimulate synthesis of new tissue. Our nurses take a blood sample, the same as a normal blood test, and extract the platelet-rich portion. This is then injected through a special filter into the effected area using ultrasound guidance.
A doctor will assess your injury to identify your pathology and the effected area. This process may involve further scanning and investigation to determine the best course of treatment. PRP therapy usually involves three injections into the effected area over six weeks. Each treatment is delivered on site and takes approximately 45 minutes. A blood sample is collected in the same way as a blood test and then placed in a centrifuge to separate the different components. Your doctor then extracts the platelet-rich portion of your blood and injects it through a special filter to the injured area. The treatment is administered under strict sterile conditions to minimise the risk of infection and each PRP injection is delivered with Ultrasound Guidance to enhance accuracy and effectiveness.
Synvisc is a hyaluronic acid derivative that is chemically similar to the synovial fluid lubricating our joints. Synovial fluid cushions the joint, providing natural shock absorbing abilities.
Synovial fluid can break down in osteoarthritic joints. We administer Synvisc with Ultrasound Guided Injections to ensure accurate and effective treatment.
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