If you are suffering from a painful musculoskeletal condition and your treatment plan includes corticosteroid injections (CSI), the private ultrasound-guided injections service offered by Midland Health can help improve the treatment outcomes and minimise the risks of the procedure.

Our trained sonographers and consultant radiologists use ultrasound technology to accurately administer steroid injections to any musculoskeletal part of your body. The procedure is used to treat painful or swollen joints, tendons and ligaments. It offers a fast and efficient pain relief solution, speeds up the recovery process and helps you get back on your feet sooner.

As Midland Health houses GPs, diagnostics experts and specialist doctors under one roof, you will be able to get an accurate diagnosis and receive pain management treatment without having to wait. Our team can see you on short notice at our private clinic in Birmingham, simply give us a call today to book an appointment.

What is an ultrasound-guided injection?

Ultrasound-guided injections use dynamic musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging to follow the movement of the needle inside your body and guide it to the correct location. This is believed to improve the accuracy of the procedure making it safer. 

Ultrasound machines use a transducer (small hand-held device) to send high-frequency sound waves to the affected area. Echoing sounds are transmitted back to the transducer which then sends them to a computer for processing. Based on the information, an image of the target area is visualised in real time. 

In the context of injections, the sound waves are directed towards the needle to display a dynamic image of the needle tip as it moves towards the target area. We use this technology to administer a variety of injections, such as corticosteroid, platelet- rich plasma (PRP) and hyaluronic acid. 

Conditions we can treat with a US-guided injection

Over the years, Midland Health’s ultrasound team has helped thousands of clients across the Midlands relieve pain using ultrasound-guided injections to treat a number of different health conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. Some of the most common problems we can help with include (but are not limited to): 

  • Painful joints 
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Tennis elbow
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shoulder bursitis & impingement
  • Greater trochanteric pain syndrome

To discuss using ultrasound-guided injections in your pain management plan, please book an appointment with your Midland Health GP. 

What does the procedure involve? 

An ultrasound-guided joint injection is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that takes about 15-30 minutes. As local anaesthetic is used, you will be awake during the procedure but you will feel no pain. 

You will be allowed to go home on the same day but you may be asked to wait a certain amount of time before you leave for observation in case you exhibit adverse reactions to the medication. You will not be able to drive after the procedure for safety reasons, so you will have to make transport arrangements.

The local anaesthetic will be in effect for 4-6 hours so you may feel numbness in the treated area during that time. We advise you to rest for 24-48 hours after the procedure. You should benefit from the full effect of the steroids within 10 days. 

In rare cases, you may experience pain in the short term, following the image-guided injection. You can use over-the-counter pain relief to manage this but if you have any concerns, please get in touch with the Midland Health medical team for advice. 


MSK scans one area from £150

US guided joint injection £375 (by a Consultant MSK Radiologist)


What are ultrasound-guided injections used for?

If you are suffering from a painful musculoskeletal condition, such as joint pain, arthritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow or Carpal tunnel syndrome, the ultrasound-guided injection service offered by Midland Health in Birmingham could be a good pain management solution. Speak to one of our doctors to discuss your options.

What are the benefits of an ultrasound-guided injection?

Ultrasound-guided injections have been shown to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of steroid injections, as well as achieve results that last longer. That technique is also believed to make the overall treatment safer, as it prevents trauma related to misplacement of the needle during the procedure.

Who will perform the procedure?

Your ultrasound-guided injection treatment at Midland Health will be performed by one of our experienced consultant radiologists and sonographers to ensure the procedure is done safely and successfully.

How long does it take?

The image-guided procedure takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete.

Can I drive after the injection?

No. You will be given local anaesthetic as part of the procedure so even though you can go home the same day, you will not be allowed to drive yourself. You may want to ask a friend or a family member to pick you up or arrange another type of transportation, such as a taxi or an Uber.

When will I feel the results?

Steroids take a few days to take effect so please allow up to 10 days to experience the full benefits of the procedure.

Are there any side effects I should know about?

As a minimally invasive procedure, ultrasound-guided injections very rarely have side effects. On rare occasions, you may experience infection, bleeding, numbness in the treated area or an allergic reaction to the medicine used.

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