Our Sports Physicians at Sydney West Sports Medicine are highly experienced in the administration of Diagnostic Injections. From initial consultation to aftercare procedures, our team provides a high level of care to patients receiving Diagnostic Injections such as Synvisc, Durolane, Cortisone and PRP injections at our Western Sydney Clinic.
Hyaluronic acid or Synvisc injections are supplementations designed to manage pain, increase mobility and support healthy lifestyles for Osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers. OA patients experience a deterioration of flexible tissue and synovial fluid, limiting joint movements and resulting in discomfort.
In order to combat these symptoms, Synvisc injections are administered into the knee to help lubricate the joint, thus encouraging joint movement and subsiding pain. These injections are a clear gel and have been developed from natural substances, creating a completely safe and effective treatment for knee pain associated with Osteoarthritis. Patients may even experience up to six months of relief from Osteoarthritis knee pain, after just one injection.
Although Synvisc fluid is safe, like with any treatment options, some individuals may experience side effects. Occasionally, patients have reported synovitic reactions in which pain and swelling in the knee occurs. This should subside after a few days and may be treated with anti-inflammatory medications. However, if these symptoms do arise, it is important to alert our Sports Physicians as testing of the knee fluid or blood tests may be required. Additionally, if you are allergic to products from birds, such as eggs, poultry and feathers, please tell our Sports Physicians, as this treatment may not be suitable.
In order to treat knee pain and discomfort associated with Osteoarthritis, Durolane injections can be used. The transparent gel contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid – a natural part of the bodies fluid that lubricates joints for optimal function. Utilising advanced and unique NASHA technology, the hyaluronic acid used in Durolane is natural, safe and purified to restore the balance of hyaluronic acid in the joint fluid, which is often compromised as a result of Osteoarthritis.
Therefore, in order to promote mobility, reduce pain associated with Osteoarthritis and restore the balance of hyaluronic acid in the joint fluid, Durolane injections are beneficial. The single injections are administered directly into the knee by our expert Sports Physicians and a can be repeated as per instructed by our Practitioners. The procedure is not time consuming and can be quickly administered at out Western Sydney clinic. Durolane may even help to avoid or delay hip or knee replacement surgery and provide long term freedom from Osteoarthritis pain.
For joint pain that is the result of inflammation, cortisone injections (also known as corticosteroid injections) provide beneficial relief. Administration of the highly powerful anti-inflammatory medication can reduce and even eliminate pain associated with a variety of disorders.
Cortisone injections have been used to treat bursitis, a condition in which the small fluid-filled sacs positioned between two adjoining structures called bursae, is inflamed. This condition most commonly occurs in the shoulder or hip, greatly contributing to joint stiffness and discomfort. Cortisone is also beneficial to treat Arthritis of any joint, including the spine. Sufferers of nerve pain, such as Sciatica and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may also find relief with cortisone injections by supressing the inflammation around the effected nerves.
Cortisone injections can also provide great relief for tendinitis and tenosynovitis such as trigger finger, DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, tennis elbow or golfers elbow. Other painful inflammatory conditions that can be treated with cortisone include Plantar Fasciitis, frozen shoulder, Morton’s Neuroma, Ganglion Cysts and Dupuytren’s contracture.
Our experienced Sports Physicians, inject cortisone under imaging guidance to allow for accurate delivery to the affected area. The decision to inject cortisone is not taken lightly and is carefully made in consultation with the patient and our Sports Physicians based on diagnosis and past medical history.
Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections were first used in 1987 in open heart surgery. Today, PRP injections have been safely used in many fields including Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, Cosmetics, Fasciomaxillary and Urology.
PRP treatments, which are developed by using the patients own blood, have a significantly increased supra-physiological platelet concentration. Although this level can vary depending on the method of extraction and equipment used, studies have shown that clinical benefit can be obtained if the PRP injection has an increased platelet concentration of 4x greater than normal blood. Ultimately, the increased concentration of platelets in the injection provides greater stimulation for healing and recovery in relation to a variety of injuries.
Platelet Rich Plasma injections (PRP injections) can be used to treat many musculoskeletal injuries including injuries associated with the tendons, muscles and joints. PRP injections are effective in treating muscle injuries of the hamstring, calf and quadriceps and can also be effective to treat knee and hip Osteoarthritis. PRP treatments can be used to treat Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, hamstring tendons, tennis elbow and more.
Patients should also discontinue taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications such as Nurofen and Voltaren seven to ten days prior to their appointment. Patients receiving PRP injections are also no longer eligible for Medicare rebates as a result of changes in legislation.