Have you been suffering from joint pains due to an injury or arthritis that has not responded to painkillers and/ or physiotherapy? If your answer was a YES, steroid injections may be used as an adjunct to your treatment.
Steroids work by reducing inflammation in the joint which in turn reduces pain and increases movement of the joint. They can be given every three months if needed and used for a wide variety of conditions, as outlined below.
- Hand and wrist injections: Used to treat Carpal tunnel, De Quervain’s (tendon inflammation), thumb arthritis and trigger finger
- Elbow injections: For Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
- Shoulder injections: Rotator cuff inflammation or injury, frozen shoulder and shoulder arthritis
- Trochanteric bursitis (hip pain syndrome)
- Knee injections: For arthritis
- Foot injections: For plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
Procedure: The skin is cleansed using antiseptic cleansers and a solution of steroid and local anaesthetic is injected into the affected joint space.
Anaesthesia: Local anaesthetic is mixed in with the steroid injection
Pain level: Brief discomfort as the needle enters the area of treatment
Time taken: Less than 15 minutes
Costs: £100 per joint injected
Areas that can be treated: Hands and wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, foot
Return to work: Depending on your job, it is recommended that you rest the treated joint for 24 hours
Results: Variable; for certain conditions may be a one off injections, for chronic conditions this may need to be repeated every 3-4 months.
Risks: Minimal risks but can include pain, bruising, bleeding and infection
Contra-indications: Pregnant/ breastfeeding, joint replacement, active infection. Caution in diabetes and if on blood thinning agents.
Full details including side effects, expected outcome, cautions and aftercare will be discussed during your initial consultation.
Initial consultation to assess your joint problem, advise on management and if steroid injections are indicated, costs £20. If an injection is indicated and you decide to go ahead with the treatment, this cost can be deducted from your treatment.