Joint Injections

Injection therapy at Crushes Manor Clinic will consist of two appointments; one for the assessment of your condition and discussion as to whether an injection is appropriate and one for the actual injection.

How do I go about getting an injection at Crushes Manor Clinic?

Our physiotherapists are independent prescribers. After a full and thorough assessment of your condition, if an injection is felt to be the appropriate course of treatment, you will be given a private prescription for the medication.

You will need to take this private prescription to the local pharmacy and pay for the medication. Once you have this, you will come back to the clinic where the physiotherapist will administer the injection.

It may be possible to do this on the same day but this cannot be guaranteed.

What is a corticosteroid injection?

A corticosteroid (or 'cortisone') is an anti-inflammatory medicine, which can relieve swelling, stiffness and pain by reducing inflammation. It can be injected directly into the tissues that are causing your symptoms.

Why can't I just take anti-inflammatory pills?

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 directly administered to the problem area. These are not the same as the steroids taken by bodybuilders or athletes.

Why should I have a corticosteroid injection?

Because it will help reduce your pain, you can start your rehabilitation sooner, have fewer treatment sessions and return to normal activities more quickly.

What conditions can be helped with a corticosteroid injection?
Are there times I should not have an injection?
Yes, if you:
What are the possible side effects?
These are very rare and your physiotherapist will discuss them with you:

There may be other side effects of the medicines we use - please see the manufacturer's patient information leaflet that comes with the medicine for further information.

What happens during the injection?

The benefits and risks of the injection will be explained to you in detail. The skin is cleaned with antiseptic. A needle is gently put into the affected area and the solution is injected through the needle. A plaster will be placed over the site to keep it clean. A few minutes after the injection you will be examined again.

Is the injection painful?

Not particularly. However, sometimes it can be sore for a few hours after the procedure.

How fast does the injection work

If local anaesthetic is also used, the pain should improve within a few minutes although it may return after about an hour when it wears off (similar to when you visit the dentist). The steroid usually starts to work after 24 - 48 hours, but it may take a little longer

How long does the effect last?

This varies from person to person and the condition being treated, but the steroid usually continues working for between 3 to 6 weeks.

How many injections will I need/can I have?

This depends on the part of the body involved and will be decided by your physiotherapist 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.

What should I do after the injection?

Depending on the cause of your pain, you may be asked to rest the area for a short period after the injection. This does not usually mean total rest, but refraining from activities that make your pain worse, after which you should try to gradually return to full function. This is to maximize the benefit given by the injection.

When will I have to be seen again?

Your physiotherapist will want to see you or speak to you about 3 to 4 weeks after the injection. You may also be referred for physiotherapy treatment.

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