MSK Soft Tissue and Joint Injection therapy
Musculoskeletal (MSK) soft tissue and joint injection therapy is practised by a healthcare professional such as a physiotherapist or doctor. It provides anti-inflammatory and pain relieving substances in the form of an injection to the joint or tissue where the pain is originating, this can include a steroid such as hydrocortisone, which is used to ease pain and reduce swelling, and is often combined with a local anaesthetic.
The joints that are most often injected are shoulder, elbow, knee, hand, wrist or hip. Soft tissue or joint injection can be effectively used for issues of osteoarthritis, tennis / golfer’s elbow, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), and tendon pain (including tendonitis / tendinopathy), plantar fasciitis and bursitis, for example.
The injections will usually start to work within a few days, although in some cases they can work within hours. They work by slowly releasing the medicine into the joint and surrounding tissues, meaning that often a single injection can give good pain relief and improved range of movement or functionality in the affected area for several months.