Sports, repetitive use and previous injuries can all affect your joints over time. However, there are solutions to help you manage any discomfort. steroid injections administered to the specific area are able to reduce pain and improve function for many patients.
Injections aren’t just limited to one part of your body and can be used to treat many conditions. These include:
- Frozen shoulders
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Cursitis and many more conditions
What Is In The Injections?
The injections are steroids, sometimes referred to as corticosteroids, which reduce inflammation, swelling and pain in the joint. By treating the inflamed area, swelling can be reduced and pain minimised as a result. The steroid, typically hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone or triamcinolone, is injected directly into the joint, along with local anaesthetic.
It’s important to remember that steroid injections can’t cure arthritis though they can be used to treat the pain which may help you to live more comfortably day to day. Depending on the severity of your condition, you can expect anywhere between three months to many years of pain relief, though this will be discussed in more detail at the point of consultation.
How many joint injections can I have?
Injections can be repeated every three months if required. It is recommended that you have no more than four steroid injections in one joint per year, to avoid causing any lasting damage.
What Are The Side Effects Of Joint Injections?
All possible side effects and risks will be discussed with you at your consultation but the main ones can be mild pain during the injection. Most injections only take a few seconds and most people are surprised that they don’t feel a thing. If you have diabetes, it’s best to consult your regular GP before receiving joint injections as they can affect your blood sugar control.
What To Expect From The Joint Injection Treatment
Dr Russell will take a full history to be sure that the injection is the right thing for you and to check on other health conditions and medication prescribed. You will need to sign a consent form and you will have chance to ask any questions.
Your joint injection will be administered by qualified GP, Dr Ella Russell, once the area has been examined and cleaned. In some cases, an anaesthetic will be used to numb the area before injecting the joint.
If you have fluid in the joint, which is typically the case with swollen knees, the fluid may be removed with a syringe beforehand to reduce discomfort in your joint.
Dr Russell will advise you on what to do after the procedure but for most people, they are asked to rest the joint injected for 24 hours to ensure that the treatment stays in the joint and you get the best outcome as a result. This may mean timing the injection for the end of the day or considering taking a day off work if needed. You can safely drive home after the procedure provided you feel well.
How Much Are Joint Injections?
The cost of our joint injection treatment is broken down as follows:
- Knee – £95 (1) / £165 (2)
- Shoulder – £95 (1) / £165 (3)
- Trochanteric Bursitis – £55
- Tennis or golfers’ elbow – £85 / £150 (bilateral)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – £145 (each)
- Metacarpal joints of the hand – £85 (each)
- Ankle joint – £125
- Plantar fasciitis – £125
- Metatarsal joints in feet – £85 (each)
Joint Injection FAQs
Before getting a joint injection, you may have a few questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding joint injections.
Are there any risks associated with joint injections?
Very rarely. Infection can be introduced into a joint and this can present with pain, redness, a fever and feeling like you have flu. If this happens, it needs to be highlighted to the clinic or a doctor immediately.
Are steroid joint injections safe?
Steroid joint injections are safe and can treat swelling and pain in a joint. If the number of injections administered to a joint isn’t regulated, it could cause lasting damage. This is why it’s generally recommended to have no more than four injections in a joint per year, to prevent cartilage damage.
Are joint injections painful?
Joint injections can be painful if not performed under anaesthetic. It’s also common for the pain in the joint to increase after the injection has been administered, however, the pain will subside over time and reduce the discomfort felt in the joint.
Can I have joint injections if I have health problems?
It’s possible to have joint injections if you suffer from other health conditions. Before the treatment, we’ll give you a medical questionnaire to fill out, where you can detail any health issues, so we’re aware it is safe to carry out the procedure. If you’ve suffered from issues such as diabetes, epilepsy, high blood pressure, or issues affecting your liver, heart or kidneys, you shouldn’t have any joint injections without consulting a doctor first.