I had my six monthly trip to the local NHS treatment centre for my steroid injections last week.
My first injections were in my upper trapezius (the trapezius is a large superficial muscle that extends longitudinally from the occipital bone to the lower thoracic vertebrae and laterally to the spine of the scapula (shoulder blade). Its functions are to move the scapulae and support the arm. ) as I have been having a lot of pain in my neck from a disc problem.
I then had a couple of others in my gluteal muscles (the gluteal muscles are a group of four muscles. Three of these muscles make up the buttocks: the gluteus maximus muscle, gluteus medius muscle and gluteus minimus muscle. The fourth and smallest of the muscles is the tensor fasciae latae muscle, which is located anterior and lateral to the rest.) as my back was quite inflamed.
As usual the treatment was first class and the nurses and consultant alike very polite and helpful. I really cannot fault how the treatment centre is run. After your injections you are treated to a cup of tea and a biscuit while they keep an eye on your blood pressure and how you are feeling, then you soon able to go home.
I am always told to rest up for around 24 hrs and that the injections could stir up the pain and I also know what you can sometimes expect after them, like a flushed face, insomnia and a feeling of hunger, but this soon passes.
It makes sense that if people can be in less pain by having a regular injection of whatever type suits there condition, then it can only give them a better quality of life.
My particular treatment centre (pain clinic) has become so busy that they now also have some Saturday surgeries with theatres as busy as they are in the week.
I’m really interested in finding out if other areas have the same sort of set up as we have here in a part of Nottinghamshire.