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Autologous Blood Injections

Autologous Blood Injections

In this type of injection, blood is taken from the patient and re-injected around the affected tendon. The aim is to supply the tendon with growth factors that start the healing process. Studies show that autologous blood injections have a more long- term benefit than corticosteroid injections. This is because ABI has healing benefits which can work to restore the tendon to a pre-injury state. 

Conditions treated by Autologous Blood Injections

This type of injection is used for tendinosis or tendonitis causing chronic pain near the insertion of the tendon into the bone. ABI is a popular treatment for tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow when conventional treatments have not been successful. It can also be used for plantar fasciitis in the arch of the foot and for knee pain caused by patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee).

Frequently Asked Questions

You will have a thorough assessment to see if this treatment is appropriate and the treatment will be explained to you.  You may be taken to our fluoroscopy theatre so the doctor can use the x ray or ultrasound equipment for guidance in placing the needle. The doctor will take a small amount of blood from a vein in your non painful arm. The identified area on the painful arm will then be injected with your own blood.

Local anaesthetic is used so it is not an excessively painful procedure.  The doctor can administer extra pain relief if you do feel pain and will ask you throughout the procedure if you are ok and coping with the treatment.

We routinely perform one injection initially and occasionally a second injection is required four weeks later.

Most pain relief occurs in the first 4-6 weeks.  Do not hesitate to contact Blackberry Clinic if you need advice after your procedure or help in deciding if you need a second injection.

Clinicians offering Autologous Blood Injections

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  • Aberdeen
  • Brighton
  • Croydon
  • Exeter
  • Guildford
  • Fareham
  • Ipswich
  • Lichfield
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxford
  • Birmingham
  • Worcestor
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  • All
  • Aberdeen
  • Brighton
  • Croydon
  • Exeter
  • Guildford
  • Fareham
  • Ipswich
  • Lichfield
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxford
  • Birmingham
  • Worcestor
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Dr Simon Petrides

Medical Director, Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine Doctor
Milton Keynes

Dr Tom Saw

Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine Doctor
Oxford & Birmingham

Dr Jonathan Korgaonkar

Sport & Exercise Medicine Consultant
Oxford

Dr Jeff Foster

Consultant in Sport, Exercise & Musculoskeletal Medicine
Fareham

Brinda Christopher

Consultant in Sport, Exercise and Musculoskeletal Medicine
Milton Keynes

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