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Specialist Orthopaedic Doctors

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Back Pain Injections

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Fluoroscopically Guided Digital X-Ray Injections

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Spinal Manipulation

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Exercise & Rehabilitation Programmes for the Young...

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...and the Not So Young


Initially, you will be seen by one of our Physicians who will take a detailed history of your particular issue and will examine you to ascertain the correct pathway of treatment. This  treatment may include many things, such as a referral to an on-site Physiotherapist, Osteopath or Chiropractor. You might be sent for an X-ray or an MRI or you might have an injection during your first visit, if the Physician deems this to be the correct course of treatment for you.

Once your consultation with the Physician is complete, you will be taken through to the Nurses' room where you will meet our team of Nurses. They will help you change into a gown and then take you through to the Fluoroscopy theatre. Most of the injections at the Blackberry Clinic are done under fluoroscopic guidance. This is a very low dose type of X-ray which ensures that the Physicians are able to pinpoint exactly where to perform the injection. Once in theatre, you will be asked to lie down in the correct position and have a small probe placed on your finger. This records your pulse rate and oxygen levels and is there to help us check that you are coping well with the procedure.

There is always one Physician and one or two nurses present in theatre. Sometimes we have visiting practitioners who come to learn from the experienced Musculoskeletal and Sports Physicians at the Blackberry Clinic. If you are unhappy for them to be in the room to observe they will wait elsewhere. This will not in any way affect your treatment or who performs it. Once the procedure is over you will have your blood pressure monitored and the Nurses will check that you have fully recovered. You will then be taken back through to the Nurses' room where you will be able to get dressed again and any subsequent appointments can be made.

Following an injection, you may experience some numbness in the area that has been injected. This is due to the local anaesthetic that the Physicians use and will not cause any longer term problems. It will typically wear off after several hours. After this you may feel some discomfort for a couple of days at the injection site, this is not uncommon. The steroid injection can take three to five days to start working.

You will be sent home with a leaflet explaining what you can expect and giving you some information on how to alleviate some of your symptoms. Should you have any concerns about your treatment during Clinic opening hours, please do not hesitate to contact us. However, should there be any emergency problems when the Clinic is closed, please contact your GP or out-of-hours care provider.