Steroid injection +/- Aspiration
Risks are small and every precaution will be taken to ensure preventable risks are minimal.
Most recognised and serious risks of steroid injections are:
- Post-injection flare (swelling and more pain several hours after the injection which usually subsides within several days)
- Bruising or bleeding especially if on blood thinning medication
- Allergic reactions to the medicines injected, equipment (latex, plaster) or aseptic solutions used to clean the skin at the site of the injection.
- Infection at the site of injection (extremely rare)
- De-pigmentation (paler skin at the site of injection - this may be permanent)
- Local fat atrophy (thinning of the skin at the injection site)
- Tissue damage (e.g. tendon rupture or cartilage damage from repeated injection)
- Increased blood sugar for few days if diabetic
- Increased blood pressure for few days if hypertensive
- Temporary irregularity in menstrual cycle
Since PRP therapy only utilizes your body’s own healing properties there is no risk of allergic reaction or rejection of treatment by the body. However, since the growth factors trigger a complex cascade of healing, swelling and discomfort is expected for up to a week after receiving PRP treatment. Because of this expected ‘healing discomfort’, you should plan to have a friend or family member drive you home from the appointment.