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Steroid injection therapy is the injection of corticosteroid medications into painful joints or soft tissues to reduce pain and inflammation in the area
Injection therapy is the injection of steroid (corticosteroid) medications into painful joints or soft tissues to reduce pain and inflammation in that area. This may be recommended if you are unable to tolerate oral anti-inflammatories, if your condition is too painful for you to manage with physiotherapy exercises, or if your progress has slowed down. Occasionally injections may be used to confirm a diagnosis if it is not clear where your symptoms originate from.
We work closely with consultants should you need a fast onward referral for injection therapy using ultrasound or x-ray guidance. This might be recommended for injections in areas such as hip joints, neck or lower back.
Steroids are a synthetic version of hormones produced by the adrenal glands, which are two small glands found above the kidneys. When injected into a joint or muscle, steroids reduce redness and swelling
The injection can help to relieve swelling, pain and stiffness caused by inflammation. This can help you rehabilitate effectively and help you to return to normal activities sooner by ‘breaking the cycle’ of pain and inflammation. This is usually recommended to those suffering from overuse syndromes, when other types of physiotherapy don’t work.
It can also aid the diagnosis of your condition if it is not clear what is causing your pain. You may have a local anaesthetic injected at the same time to allow for temporary pain relief and to help locate where your pain is originating from.
Common conditions that could benefit from injection therapy:
There are very few reasons people wouldn’t be able to have injection therapy, your physiotherapist will discuss this with you as part of your assessment. Your physiotherapist would usually need to know if you have had any previous injections, if you had any adverse reactions or allergies to medications, if you are pregnant or if you have an infection.
**follow-up appointments from injection usually take place 6 weeks after the injection
*This is a starting from price and varies by hospital