Steroid injections are types of anti-inflammatory medicines and they’re not the same as anabolic steroids used by body builders to increase their muscle size and strength. They are used to treat a wide range of conditions such as joint pain, arthritis and repetitive strain injuries. An alternatives treatment to steroid joint injections is also available in the form of hyaluronic acid (Ostenil)
A number of different steroids are available for injection. Common examples of steroid injections are:
As with every procedure, there are some risks associated with steroid joint injections. We haven’t included the chance of these happening as they are specific to you and differ for every person. Ask your doctor or healthcare professional to explain how these risks may apply to you.
Your clinician will discuss these factors in detail before injection with you and explain the likelihood in your case specially before injecting.
CAN I HAVE STEROID INJECTIONS?
Most people can have steroid injections. However, a clinician should always be consulted before treatment and you should inform them if you have experienced any of the following:
CAN STEROID JOINT INJECTIONS MANAGE MY SYMPTOMS LONG-TERM?
Steroid joint injections aren’t usually used as a long-term treatment. Steroid injections may help to ease symptoms such as pain, stiffness and swelling, and make it easier for you to have other treatments, such as physiotherapy. Your doctor may also recommend anti-inflammatory medicines, rest, ice or heat. It’s also important to look at, and think about, changing how you do certain activities if they may have brought on your symptoms. This may help stop the problem coming back. Your clinician may suggest that you only have a limited number of injections in each affected joint, to reduce the chance of getting side-effects. These include possible damage to your cartilage and tendons. If you still have pain or swelling after a course of steroid injections, speak to your doctor (GP) about alternative treatments.
HOW OFTEN CAN I HAVE A STEROID JOINT INJECTION?
Some studies have suggested that repeated injections of steroids into your joints can damage the cartilage covering the ends of your bones. To reduce the chance of this, doctors try not to use these injections more often than every three months in the same joint. No more than a maximum of four injections in a year are recommended.
If you still have pain or swelling after a course of steroid injections, speak to your doctor (GP) about alternative treatments.
All of our steroid injections are performed with local anaesthetic. All of our joint injections are performed by quailed practitioners using aseptic techniques, who have undertaken significant training at University level to be able to perform injections.
We charge the following costs for an injection:
Consultation and Single Joint Injection: £120.00
Consultation and Double Joint Injection: £200.00
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