Steroid injections have been a common treatment in medical practice for several years and, when utilised appropriately, can result in significant benefit to patients. The injection works primarily by reducing inflammation and easing pain. Steroid injections will often include a local anaesthetic. You will need to alter your activity after the injection.
Steroids are a strong anti-inflammatory medicines and while a corticosteroid injection might not cure your problem, however, they effect they have can reduce the symptoms and by breaking the cycle of pain and inflammation permit more freedom of movement and increase the ability to carry out appropriate rehabilitation exercises to allow the body’s natural healing system to function better. Targeted injections allows a higher dose to be delivered at the source of the pain, reducing the risk of more general side-effects associated with longer term alternate methods of administration.
It is important to acknowledge that Steroid injections do not always have a beneficial effect, therefore an initial assessment by a trained professional is essential. Steroid Injections are most effective when utilised alongside an appropriate rehabilitation program and are commonly used where pain is a limiting factor to progress or when conservative management is slow or has failed. Steroid injections can be helpful in the treatment of a wide range of inflammatory conditions such as:
Steroid injections at ‘Hallamshire Physiotherapy’ are performed by experienced, fully trained physiotherapists. Your clinician will take a detailed history and perform a thorough clinical examination to establish the working diagnosis and consider your suitability to have a steroid injection.
In addition, the clinician will screen for any risk factors and discuss the potential side-effects and complications. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions, and if you would like to proceed then you will be asked to sign a consent form indicating that you feel informed and are happy with everything.The clinician will use a ‘clinically clean’ technique to minimise the risk of infection and use the body’s anatomical landmarks to guide needle placement during the injection.
A steroid injection administered by ‘Hallamshire Physiotherapy’ will cost £ 200 and this includes the cost of your prescription medication.
You should also be aware of possible side effects and risks when having steroid injections.
These include the following: