About RamaKrishna Rachaputi(BPT, Pg Dip, Pg Cert, MCSP, MSOR)
Ram Rachaputi is a highly experienced state registered Consultant physiotherapist, MSK sonographer and an Independent Prescriber. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy from Karnatak University, India in 2001 and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Neuro Musculoskeletal Health Care from Keele University, in 2003. After gaining significant clinical experience in Musculoskeletal practice, Orthopaedics and Sports injuries specialities, he went on to train further in Injection Therapy (2012) and Postgraduate certification in Musculoskeletal diagnostic & Interventional Ultrasound. Since then he uses ultrasound to diagnose joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerve-related problems & carries out Ultrasound-guided steroid injections (corticosteroid, Hyaluronic Acid , Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP)) injections & advanced procedures (see the list in the bottom of the page). This has become an integral part of his daily practice. So far, he has carried out several thousands of Ultrasound diagnostic scans and Ultrasound-guided injections, successfully.
Ram is formally trained in every speciality he practices & holds several university qualifications : physiotherapy, Injection therapy, prescribing medication and musculoskeletal ultrasound. This unique combination skill set has enabled him to practice at various University hospitals :
- Kings College Hospitals, London
- York University Hospital, York
- Coventry University Hospital, coventry
- Warwick & stratford Hospital, Warwick & Stratford
- Walsall Manor Hospital, Birmingham
- Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
- Ashford and St Peters Hospital, London
Working at various hospitals, private clinics & various departments ( Radiology, Rheumatology & Physiotherapy) carrying out, Clinical examinations, diagnostic ultrasound scans and Ultrasound-guided interventional procedures him an opportunity to broaden his skills including dealing with complex / advanced procedures & dealing with patients with needle phobia.
Advanced Procedures :
- Ultrasound-guided Sacro-Iliac joint (SI joint) Injections
- Lumbar Facet joint injections ( MRI /X-ray report is needed)
- Coccyx Injections for pain relief
- High volume injections to the non-insertional – Achilles tendinopathies
- Hydro distension or Hydrodilatation injections for Frozen Shoulder
- Barbotage for calcific supraspinatus tendinopathy
- Hyaluronic acid (gel) injections
- Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) or Plasma Injections.
If you are experiencing painful joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments please get in touch for a diagnostic scan and or treatment
Why Choose Us?
Highly experienced, fully qualified and compassionate professionals.
Musculoskeletal assessment, Diagnostic Ultrasound scan, and Ultrasound-guided injection can be carried out in the same appointment when appropriate.
We manage a whole range of musculoskeletal problems, including those not responded to physiotherapy/Acupuncture and other treatments. (Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and hands, Hip, Knee, foot and ankle related problems and other special procedures).
Over 17 Years NHS Experience.
Early appointment, convenient to your times (Subject to availability) at an affordable cost.
We offer a whole range of Injections: Corticosteroids /Steroids, Viscosupplementation (Hyaluronic Acid), trigger point injections, Frozen Shoulder (Hydrodilatation), Achilles tendon (High Volume injections), Calcific Tendon (Barbotage), SacroIliac Joint Injections, etc.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ULTRASOUND GUIDED INJECTIONS
How long does an ultrasound guided injection take?
This will vary dependant on the area and other factors, but an assessment, scan & ultrasound-guided injection will generally take around 60 minutes. Ultrasound guided injection alone is done in a few seconds. Injection alone is carried out in few seconds.
Are ultrasound guided injections painful?
Discomfort from the needle insertion can be minimised by using the local anaesthesia using a very fine small needle. Ram is an experienced and carried out more than 30,000 Ultrasound guided injections sofar. He routinely treats complex patients and patients with needle phobia, through the technique he developed through his experience.
What is an ultrasound guided cortisone / Steroid / Corticosteroid injection?
Cortisone injection is also known as Corticosteroid injection or steroid injection. This is a strong anti-inflammatory medication is used for many of the inflammatory and arthritis conditions to control pain, swelling, stiffness and improve function. Corticosteroid injections are NOT the same used by body builders use. Corticosteroid injections do not cause weight gain. To find out more please visit our ultrasound-guided steroid injections page from the 'Types of Guided injection' menu on the top.
Always, consider having the Steroid injections under ultrasound guidance for accuracy.
What is an ultrasound guided hyaluronic acid (HA) injection?
HA injection is also known as Gel injection or Lubricant injection. This viscosupplementation injection is a natural component of synovial fluid. This tends to increase joint fluid viscosity and restores the joint lubrication. Hence, acts as a shock absorber to control the joint /tendon symptoms. Limits the further damage to the joint and delays or avoids the need for the surgery. Aslo, helps to enjoy your daily activities or your preferred hobbies. To find out more please visit our GUIDED ULTRASOUND HYALURONIC ACID INJECTIONS page from the 'Types of Guided injection' menu on the top.
These injections are very popular, especially for knee joint pain. Any number of injections can be taken in a given period, due to minimal or no side effects from these injections. Usually a course of 3 Injections are preferred, though some may do well just with an injection per year 9 we have patients managing just with 1/year.
What is an ultrasound guided PRP injection?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are rich in growth factors ( helps in repairing the cell and its growth) and prepared from the patient's own blood. Separated growth factors from the patients blood is injected back into the affected area of the same patient. Due to PRP's ability to heal and even regenerate injured or aging tendons, ligaments and joints, providing some patients with an alternative to surgery. PRP therapy may reduce the required healing time for the injuries ( especially for sports injuries and early Arthritis ); otherwise athletes/ sports professionals may require longer periods of rest from their sports related activities. To read more please visit our Ultrasound Guided PRP page.
Always, consider having the PRP injections under ultrasound guidance for accuracy.
can i drive after an injection
You will not be able to drive immediately after the procedure. Bring someone with you Or use other form of transport to return home. This is mainly due to your driving licence policy, rather injection efficacy. Majority of the motor insurance policies will not allow you to drive for 3-5 hours after the injection with Local Anesthesia.
What should i expect after an injection?
After the injection, you may feel pain-free for a couple of hours due to Local anaesthesia. However, pain returns after 2 hours, you may even feel more pain for a couple of days due to bruising pain. Usually, you should start feeling better from the third day onwards. Pain relief from the steroid injection may take 1 to 2 weeks.
How to manage bruising pain?
Discomfort from the needle insertion can be minimised by using an ice pack ( wrapped in a towel, to minimise the risk of frostbite from a direct skin contact) to the area of treatment. 3-4 times a day and 10-15 minutes at each time
Will i always feel 100% pain free?
We can accurately inject the treatment area. However, pain relief depends on several factors, such as severity of the problem, body response to the steroid injection, rest period following an injection, rehabilitation and exposing to the risk factors.
how many injections can i receive?
corticosteroid Injections: 3 or 4 per treatment area/year.
Hyaluronic Acid: no limit as long as you are benefiting.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) a course of 3, you can repeat as you like.
What conditions can be treated?
Arthritis, Tendinopathies, Ligament, Muscle and Nerve related problems. We also offer trigger point injections for persistent pain ( usually a course of 2-5 are effective).
How long the injection effect lasts?
It is hard to determine without an assessment. It may be possible to estimate after assessing the patient. Usually, lasts up to 3 months. There are many patients who benefited for more than a year to 2 years.
AREAS COVERED BY JOINT CARE CLINICS
We cover a wide area throughout Warwickshire and surrounds, either by home visit or clinics in the following areas: Rugby, Coventry, Warwick, Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Leamington Spa, Stratford, Kenilworth, Whitnash, Atherstone, Bedworth, Leicester and Nuneaton. We also have clinics throughout the West Midlands including Birmingham and Solihull. We have a clinic in Newcastle covering the North East.
If you do not see your area listed please still get in touch as we may be able to refer you to another practitioner in your area.