Intervention’ in Musculoskeletal Medicine generally refers to the use of injections to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders.
To help make a diagnosis, small amounts of local anaesthetic are injected precisely using either Ultrasound or X-Ray guidance (Fluoroscopy), and response is assessed. To put it simply, if pain resolves following injection of local anaesthetic, we know we’ve hit the spot! With a precise diagnosis made, the right treatment can be recommended.
Interventional treatment comes in various forms. Injections of Corticosteroid can result in good symptomatic relief in many conditions. PRP (platelet-rich plasma) uses part of a patient’s blood, precisely injected using ultrasound guidance into the damaged structure. Prolotherapy is another novel treatment that can be used to treat weak ligaments, tendons and trigger points. Prolotherapy is often combined with PRP or Cortisone to treat the structures that surround the affected joints for a better outcome.