Injection Therapy – Steroid

Injection Therapy - Steroid

This is a specialist procedure of injecting a corticosteroid and anaesthetic into a joint or soft tissue, this is a medicine which relieves swelling, stiffness and pain by reducing inflammation. We advise that we do not perform spinal injections as these must be done under x-ray or ultrasound guidance and we do not inject directly into tendons but we do all other soft tissue and joint injections.

Is this the same drug that athletes and bodybuilders take?
No, the steroids we inject are different and extremely safe.
It will reduce pain to start rehabilitation sooner, needing fewer treatments and return to normal activities more quickly.
You can but the side effects of these are much more common and can cause stomach upsets and bleeding. These injections bypass the stomach and are much more effective.
We won’t administer the injection if you have any infection, are allergic to local anaesthetic, are due to have surgery at the site of injection soonm are pregnant, feel unwell, are under 18, or do not want the injection
Not particularly, as the injecting therapist has had intensive training in the technique. Sometimes it can be sore for a few hours so if required you may take analgesia.
If local anaesthetic is used the pain should ease almost immediately though may return after about an hour – just like when you visit the dentist. The steroid usually starts to work within 24-48 hours, but in some cases may take longer, once treated it usually continues to have an effect for at least six weeks
This depends on the part of the body involved and will be decided by your therapist and yourself. Usually one injection is sufficient, but if the pain is severe or has been there for a long time, you may need more.

Usually your therapist will want to see you in approximately one week to 10 days after the injection. You will then be given treatment and probably exercises to do at home. You will also be reviewed one month after the injection to monitor the long-term effect.

Very rarely, some people find that they may experience: Flushing of the face for a few hours, a dip in the skin or change of colour in the skin around the injection site, temporary bruising – if you are taking blood thinning medication, an alteration in your blood sugar if you are diabetic or slight vaginal bleeding.
These injections will help all osteoarthritic synovial joints and many soft tissue conditions that also rely on the production of synovial fluid and can be administered into a variety of areas including knees, fingers, toes and hips.

If we have not seen you for the condition you are requesting the injection for you would need to be assessed your suitability by our prescribing physiotherapist. If he advises you are suitable for the injection he will order the prescription and can book the appointment with our injection Physiotherapist approximately 3 days later. The cost of the assessment of suitability appointment is £60 if we have not seen you for this condition and £48.50 if already assessed by us. If you were not suitable for the injection we would ensure we give you advice of how this should be managed and if appropriate provide you with treatment, exercises, self-management advice and an onward referral letter to the appropriate health professional. The cost of a Corticosteroid injection appointment is £135.

These injections are carried out at our Salford, Manchester clinic by our Clinic Director Byron Clithero who has undergone extensive training in injection therapy. If you would like to arrange this then please book a consultation today.

If you are unsure if Ostenil injections can help you, contact our specialist team now.


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