Don’t miss these critical tips which will help you make a great decision about how, what and why an injection may be for you!!
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Josh Meyer has the following 5 hot tips for you..
1. WHY are you doing it? Weigh up the key reason as to why you are considering the injection? Is it because you have pain, cant sleep, not progressing with your exercise program or cant get back to sport or just day to day function? Your key reason why you want to go ahead with an injection should be clear.
2. WHAT are you using to inject? Based on the nature of the problem that you have will really dictate whether or not an injection should be a Cortisone or Corticosteroid as we call it or Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is another thing that you can get injected. Depending on the nature of the condition will govern what it is that we inject and how we are going to rehab it afterwards.
3. The way in which it is injected. This is really important and unless it is Ultrasound guided, CT guided or has some sort of guidance associated with it, the effectiveness of it will probably be minimised. 10-15 years ago we didn’t really have the capability to inject under ultrasound as much and it was costly but now it has become a lot more accessible and I think the only way to get injected these days is under ultrasound guidance. There is some pretty good evidence out there to attest to that as well. So make sure the injection is guided.
4. The advice you receive post injection is really important and can have a massive impact on the success of the injection. If there is a rest period after the injection to facilitate the healing of the tissue then you need to rest. If you are not sure ask whoever is looking after you, we can also help you with that.
5. The education of your condition. If you don’t understand the nature of your condition and why it presented in the first place, it is highly likely that you will get symptoms recurring again. Without addressing the cause the successfulness of the injection will be hampered. My advice is to get some education, understand whats going on and why its occurring. Is it related to your sport, is there something technique wise you may be doing, do you have an imbalance, or an asymmetry in your body or the way it functions?