Frequently Asked Questions - Ultrasound Guided Injections

Can anyone have an ultrasound guided injection?

Moat patients can have an ultrasound guided injection, however there are some contra-indications. It is therefore essential to notify the Sports Physician administering your injection in advance if you are taking any anticoagulant medication such as the ones listed below, as they could result in increased bleeding and may need to be stopped a few days before the procedure:
• Warfarin
• Aspirin
• Clopidogrel (Plavix)
• Rivaroxaban

The drugs we use are lidocaine (local anaesthetic) and depo-medrone (steroids). If you have any allergies to these substances, you need to discuss this with our clinician.

If you currently have any type of infection, the injection will need to be delayed until you recover.

Other important things you should know

• Diabetic patients should monitor their blood for a few days after an injection as the steroid injection can alter the blood sugar levels.

• There is a very small risk of infection or bruising from the injection.

• There is also a possibility that female patients may notice an irregularity in their menstrual cycle for a few months following a steroid injection.

• There is a very small risk of a lightening of the skin and/or a skin dimple (loss of fat tissue).

• Some patients may experience facial flushing after an injection. The onset is usually within a few hours of having the injection and can last for a few days. It affects more women than men.

How do I make an appointment for an ultrasound guided injection?

You will need to be referred for a guided injection by a suitably qualified healthcare clinician such as a GP, sports physician, chiropractor, osteopath, physiotherapist, podiatrist etc. Once the referral form has been received at the WIOC, the referring clinician should advise the patient to call the clinic on 01443 483555 to schedule an appointment.

What happens when I first attend for treatment?

Please report to the clinic reception, a member of staff will record your arrival and ask you to wait until the sonographer is available to escort you to the ultrasound room.

Where will the procedure take place?

The procedure will take place in one of our ultrasound rooms on the upper floor of the WIOC clinic. If you have any mobility problems please let the reception staff know when you report to the desk on arrival at the clinic. There is a lift available to take you to the first floor.

Who will be administering the injection?

The Sports Physician who will be giving you the injection is also a General Practitioner. He is trained in musculoskeletal ultrasound, and therefore qualified to interpret the images as well as administer the injection.

What happens during the procedure?

After the procedure has been explained to you and you have had the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, you will be asked to lie on the scanning couch or sit in a chair. You will receive a short ultrasound scan to identify the site for injection. Your skin will be cleaned using a sterile solution before the needle is inserted. The whole procedure should not take more than 30 minutes.

Will it hurt?

It is likely the pain may increase for a day or two following the injection, however you should be able to manage the pain with over the counter painkillers.

What happens immediately afterwards?

You will need to wait in the clinic waiting room for a short period to ensure there are no immediate complications, these are extremely rare and you should be fine to drive afterwards.
You may experience some post treatment soreness for a few days, however this should subside. If the area becomes swollen or red, difficult to move, or you develop a high temperature you should contact the WIOC for advice, visit your own GP or local A and E Department as they need to eliminate any infection.

What should I do if I have any questions before or after the procedure?

You can contact us at any time via the WIOC reception staff, who will take a message and ask the relevant staff member to call you. They can be contacted by telephone on 01443 483555 or through a generic e-mail address wioc@southwales.ac.uk

How do I pay for my procedure?

You will be asked to pay for the procedure before you leave the WIOC. Payment can be made by debit or credit card.