Imaging @ Olympic Park is Radiologist owned and managed by A/Prof David Connell and Dr John Pike. Both have many years of experience in musculoskeletal imaging and treatment in roles locally and overseas.
As the first Radiology Day Procedure Centre in Australia, patients undergoing certain interventional procedures will be able to do so as an inpatient of our facility, with costs covered by their private health fund.
Some treatments offered include:
Cortico steroid is a powerful anti inflammatory and pain relieving agent commonly used for arthritis(joints), tenosynovitis, bursitis, ITB friction syndrome and can be used for some tendon conditions.
PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma Injection
An injection of your own blood that is centrifuged to separate out the blood components. Plasma contains growth factors that when injected incites an healing response. This can be used for the treatment of joints, tendons and muscle pathologies.
Cytokine Therapy or Autologous Conditioned Serum (ACS)
Interleukin 1 Receptor Antagonist (IL-1Ra) ia a powerful “protective” protein that helps relieve pain and inflammation whilst maintaining a healthy joint. Osteoarthritis occurs when our destructive and protective elements become unbalanced and causes cartilage damage, that is, the body produces too many destructive elements such as Interleukin 1. Your blood is processed to stimulate a high concentration of this “protective” protein which is then injected into the affected area at weekly intervals. This can be used for the treatment of joint pain due to osteoarthritis, tendon or muscle injuries.
This is a common treatment for frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) or internal impingement. An injection is made into the shoulder capsule under x-ray control.
Alcohol can be used to ablate sensitized nerves (fat pad impingement of the knee) or nerve tumors (Morton’s neuroma).
ABI – Autologous Blood Injection
An injection of your own blood into tendons and muscles to incite a healing response.
Ganglion’s are small cysts or pockets of fluid. Under ultrasound guidance we can introduce a needle to drain their contents and inject medication to help them heal.
This is an injection into pathological blood vessels that are sometimes seen in abnormal tendons. A sclerosing agent is injected to occlude blood flow and reduce pain.
Synvisc is a special type of fluid that lubricates joints. Typically used for knees, hips and small joints of the hands and feet.
An epidural injection is an injection into the fluid space surrounding the spinal cord (epidural space). They are performed to treat neck, back, arm and leg pain.
Facet Joint Injection
Facet joints are small joints of the spine that provide stability and help guide motion. They are found in the neck (cervical), upper back (thoracic) and lower back (lumbar). They can become painful as a result of arthritis, injury or mechanical stress. Facet Blocks are usually performed for two (2) reasons: 1. Diagnosis or 2. Treatment.
Medial Branch Block
A Medial branch Block is a test to determine whether pain arising from a Facet Joint can be relieved by numbing the nerve (medial branches) with an injection of local anaesthetic.
Prolotherapy is the injection of a sugar based solution into a damaged ligament. The agent induces scar tissue formation to strengthen damaged soft tissues.
Nerve Root Block
Nerve roots may become inflamed and angry if impinged by a bulging disc or bony ridge. A nerve root block injection can confirm the diagnosis and provide pain relief.
RFD – Radio Frequency Denervation
Radio Frequency Denervation or rhizolysis is minimally invasive procedure that invloves the emission of pulsations of heat through a fine needle to diable and prevent nerves from transmitting pain signals.
Vertebroplasty is an injection of a plastic cement, called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) into a vertebral body. Vertebra can become damaged from osteoporosis, trauma or from tumours . The plastic cement supports the vertebrae or bone by forming an internal cast (or mould) which prevents fine fractures (cracks or splits) from forming, causing further collapse of the bone.
Achilles Paratenon Stripping
In a chronically painful Achilles, the tendon gets stuck or ahered to its covering. This procedure breaks up these adhesions to free up the tendon and provide pain relief.