Steroid injection therapy has been widely practised in treating musculoskeletal conditions (joints and soft tissues). Steroid injection using a drug called corticosteroids usually known as 'cortisone' helps;
The steroids used for injection therapy are anti-inflammatory drugs. Steroid injection therapy helps you to achieve a faster pain relief which allows you to return to normal activities quicker. You could have an injection therapy if you suffer with pain from the following conditions;
At Relive Physiotherapy, we have over 10 years of injection therapy experience. Our expert chartered physiotherapist Raj Gandhi (Thiyagaraj Gandhi) has undertaken relevant extensive trainings approved by the governing bodies (such as HCPC, CSP) to practice injection therapy. Raj is our qualified Independent Prescriber.
During your physiotherapy appointment, please ask our staff if steroid injection therapy is an option for your treatment care. Our physiotherapists suggest you all the treatment options including steroid injection therapy keeping your full recovery in mind. Our physiotherapists will assist you reaching a decision by answering all your questions that you may have.
Before the procedure, you will have a clinical discussion with Raj about the benefits and possible complications of the injection therapy. Please wear comfortable clothes for an easy access to the site of injection. Raj will then ask you to sign the informed consent form before performing the injection(s).
Following the procedure, you will be given an after care. You will be advised to wait for 15 – 20 minutes after the injection so we ensure that you are safe to be discharged. You will receive a report regarding the consultation and the injection therapy and your GP will be copied.
Useful information before having a steroid injection
Possible side effects
Side effects are kept to minimum by the best aseptic techniques, examination and keeping drug dose to recommended levels.
If you experience symptoms such as unexpected pain, warmth or redness around the injected area or unexpected flu like symptoms, you must consult your GP or attend Accident & Emergency (A&E). Explain the medical staff you have recently had an injection, as a possible infection could potentially be serious.
If you are interested in the steroid injection, please let your physiotherapist know and they will go through in detail if this is the best course of treatment for you - keeping your full recovery in mind.