Steroid Injection is a drug therapy where corticosteroids are injected into the joints. Steroids help minimise the inflammation of your joints and work well on pain and swelling to allow you to move more easily without pain. If you are having physiotherapy, this can improve your participation and speed up your return to your normal activities.
Our Physiotherapist is a qualified, Independent non-medical prescriber. This means that they have been given the right to do joint and soft tissue injections after having successfully done the relevant courses and qualifications.
The medication that they will use is a steroid, which is an anti-inflammatory drug. This can sometimes be used with a local anaesthetic or saline solution to help spread the steroid around the body.
Yes, you can and many people do. However, an injection will work quicker because the steroid is injected directly into the area of your body where it needs to take effect. A pill or ointment will need to be absorbed by the skin or stomach before it can start working. It then travels in the blood to reach the affected area. But, this gets diluted as it goes around because it also affects areas where it is not needed and it is a less effective treatment. Some people may suffer side effects from these pills, such as stomach problems.
Osteoarthritis of joints
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Rotator cuff impingement
Loss of mobility and independence
Tennis & Golfers elbow
Tendinitis and tendinopathies
If you have an infection, especially in the part of your body that you want to have injected, then you should delay having your injection.
In the first 2 weeks after your steroid injection, you will need to take it easy. If you exercise too much too quickly, then you can damage your tendon.
After this, it’s really important that you continue doing the exercises that you have been given by your physiotherapist.
The injection can take anywhere between 2 days and 2 weeks to really take effect and you will see the best results 4-6 weeks after the injection. This is why we recommend you come back to see your physiotherapist at this time so that they can monitor the improvement.
We will NOT inject directly into the spine as this is a specialised medical procedure.
Occasionally there are side effects from the type of injection, which are mild and very rare, for example:
If you experience any of the above side effects please let us know immediately. Infection and allergic reactions are rare but unfortunately they can happen. If the injected area becomes red, hot, swollen, tender and/or you feel feverish you must seek medical advice immediately and inform us as soon as you can.
Anaphylactic shock can occur on extremely rare occasions as an extreme reaction to a local anaesthetic. After you have had your injection, we recommend that you take advantage of our reception and have a drink, a biscuit and wait for about 30 minutes until you leave. Not only will you have the opportunity to chat to us, but we can also be on hand if you start to feel unwell.
We will do our absolute best to keep side effects to a minimum. We will do this by keeping the drug doses to the recommended levels, using the correct and appropriate techniques and careful examination of the injection site. We will do everything we can to minimise any infections by making sure that we clean the area thoroughly, use sterile equipment and wash our hands according to the guidelines before we touch the injection site.
On the vast majority of occasions, one injection is enough. However, it can happen that several injections are required. These can be offered every three months if required, but will depend on the type of condition that you have and where you are being injected. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that no joint should be injected more than 3 times in any 12 month period.
You can continue taking your pain killers after you have had your steroid injection. It is likely that you will feel some soreness from the needle.
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