Steroid Injections - Ultrasound Guided

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Ultrasound-Guided Injections

What is an Ultrasound-Guided Injection?

Ultrasound uses high intensity soundwaves from a handheld probe to create images of the inside of your body. It is often used to aid accurate diagnose and identify specific target sites for injection. During an injection, the ultrasound waves rebound from the needle as it progresses through the tissue to allow clear visualisation of the needle tip. This provides accurate and safe guidance to the target site, for injection of the medication.

What Medication is Injected?

Corticosteroid (cortisone) is commonly injected locally to provide fast and effective reduction in pain and inflammation. Steroid injections are considered very safe but some people may experience side effects to treatment which are outlined in our FAQs below. It is important to note that as with all injection treatments, relief will usually be temporary.

What Can an Ultrasound-Guided Injection be used for?

Sports injuries, osteoarthritis and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis are among the most common musculoskeletal conditions that utilise ultrasound-guided injections.

Common conditions include:

Shoulder bursitis/impingement

Hip bursitis/Greater trochanteric pain syndrome

Osteoarthritis of the shoulder

Osteoarthritis of the hip

Osteoarthritis of the knee

Osteoarthritis of the hands and feet

Frozen shoulder

Tennis elbow

Golfer’s elbow

Morton’s neuroma

Plantar fasciitis

Carpal Tunnel syndrome

Wrist inflammation such as De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Trigger finger release

High volume stripping injection for Achilles tendinopathy

Why Should I Choose Vitalscan for My Injection?

Procedure Time

30 minutes


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A painful degenerative condition characterised by swelling and tenderness of one or more joints

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A painful condition that affects the small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles

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A very common cause of shoulder pain, where a tendon catches on nearby tissue and bone as you lift your arm

Frozen Shoulder

Stiffness and pain of the shoulder joint. Symptoms typically begin slowly then progressively become worse

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Iron Profile

An in-depth breakdown of your iron status. Includes Ferritin which is a protein that enables your cells to store iron

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Vitamin Levels

Check your blood for low or high amounts of Vitamin D

One of our most common and popular blood tests that offers an overall summary of your current health state. It includes cholesterol levels, liver function, kidney function, electrolytes, clotting profile and much more. It will highlight any imbalances or deficiencies and enable you to address them before they develop into more serious health issues.

This blood test can also flag some common conditions that often go undiagnosed, such as anaemia, diabetes and also indicate inflammation. It can help to stratify your cardiovascular risks, evaluate organ health and vitamin levels.

Our complete blood profile covers:

  • Full blood count
  • Electrolyte levels (e.g. Sodium & Potassium)
  • Infection & inflammation markers
  • Liver function
  • Kidney function
  • Thyroid function
  • Cholesterol levels (lipid profile)
  • Bone profile
  • Vitamin D level
  • Glucose level check
  • Iron & Ferritin levels

Iron deficiency anaemia is a condition which affects red blood cells in which normal levels of haemoglobin (which is responsible for transporting oxygen around the body) are disrupted.

An iron profile blood test provides a detailed breakdown of your iron status to determine the cause.

Common symptoms of anaemia:

  • Tiredness
  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Breathlessness
  • Feeling faint
  • Pallor (pale skin)
  • Palpitations
  • Headaches

A fasting blood test that accurately assesses your levels of glucose, the body’s main source of energy. Glucose circulates throughout the body after being broken down from carbohydrates. Glucose is required by almost all of our cells in order to function properly. This test determines whether your blood glucose levels are within the normal range. This test is helpful in the diagnosis & monitoring of diabetes.


Haemoglobin A1C assesses your average blood sugar level over the last 3 months and is a key marker use to monitor diabetes.

Vitamin D regulates levels of calcium and phosphate which are nutrients that protect nourish the bones, teeth and muscles. It is crucial for maintaining healthy bones & the efficient glucose metabolism. Most of the body’s vitamin D comes from sunshine exposure and thus vitamin D deficiencies are much more common during the winter when there is less daylight.

Vitamin D can also be found through our diet in oily fish, red meat and eggs.

Cholesterol is vital for normal body function. Our bodies contain both good and bad cholesterol and a high level of cholesterol can contribute to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Our comprehensive lipid profile which also includes a fasting level, assesses these levels and the ratio of good vs bad. It can aid your doctor in stratifying your risk for cardiovascular disease and provide key information to empower you to make any necessary lifestyle changes.

The liver is a vital organ and plays a major role in your overall heath. A healthy liver is important for your current and future wellbeing. Our liver function profile identifies any existing damage or disorder and can also be used to monitor response to existing treatment. The tests can help distinguish between different types of liver disorder and check the extent of liver damage.

The kidneys are vital in your overall health, filtering the blood and removing waste from the body. In addition to reabsorbing water, amino acids and glucose. The kidneys produce hormones that are implicit in blood pressure control, bone health and blood cell production. Our kidney function test demonstrates if your kidneys are functioning optimally. Specifically, the test evaluates your levels of creatinine, urea and can be used to assess for the presence of kidney diseases, infections, stones or cancers.

The thyroid gland is located in your neck and the hormones it produces are vital for metabolism and regulating overall energy levels. An imbalance of these hormones can cause a wide array of symptoms. These can be divided into those produced by an underactive thyroid (hypothyroid) or overactive thyroid (hyperthyroid).

Underactive thyroid (hypothyroid):

  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Low energy levels
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Irregular periods or infertility
  • General muscle aches and pains
  • Dry skin

Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroid):

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nervousness, mood swings, anxiety and irritability
  • Excess energy
  • Palpitations
  • Tiredness
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • Irregular periods or infertility
  • Swollen neck (due to thyroid gland enlargement)

Our thyroid function test assesses the levels of thyroid hormone (thyroxine and triiodothyronine) and also thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Thyroid disorders are much more common in women.

Other thyroid disorders include:

  • Grave’s Disease
  • Goitre
  • Nodules
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (an autoimmune disease which often leads to hypothyroidism)
  • Thyroid cancer

Autoimmune conditions are those in which the body recognises its own cells as foreign and mounts a response against them. Such conditions include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Pernicious anaemia
  • Hepatitis

Our autoimmune screen detects the presence of chemicals (antibodies and antigens) which can be indicators for certain disorders.


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