Steroid injections are a strong anti-inflammatory agent, if you inject this into a painful inflamed area, it will usually help reduce pain and swelling giving great symptomatic relief.
What are steroid injections?
An injection of a steroid and/or local anaesthetic is a fast and effective way to reduce inflammation that can cause pain or lack of movement in a joint or around soft tissues such as a muscle tendon.
Steroid injections are used to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions including joint pain, persistent tendon pain, arthritis, bursitis, and frozen shoulders.
What are the benefits of steroid injections?
Steroid injections do not treat the underlying cause of your condition; however, they can treat the symptoms such as pain and swelling. The reduction in pain and swelling provides an opportunity to progress rehabilitation, restore movement and gain strength, allowing a quick return to work, hobbies and leisure activities.
Types of Steroid injection
We offer two methods of steroid injection at the practice with selection considered on the condition being treated and patient’s personal preference.
Clinically or Non guided Steroid Injection
A steroid injection, guided by the clinician’s palpation and expertise suitable for:
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Persistent knee meniscal (cartilage) pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Shoulder Osteoarthritis
- Rotator cuff pain
- Golfers/Tennis elbow
- Lateral hip pain/Greater Trochanteric Pain
- Trigger Finger
- De Quervains
Ultrasound guided Steroid injection.
A steroid injection that is guided with an ultrasound scan, to increase the accuracy and reduce risks and side effects.
You may have previously received a non-guided steroid injection with minimal benefit; therefore, we recommend any subsequent injection be performed with the additional benefits of ultrasound guidance.
An ultrasound guided injection is recommended for the following:
- Plantar Faciitis
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Persistent Frozen Shoulder and Rotator cuff pain
- Persistent Elbow pain including Tennis / Golfers Elbow
- Lateral Hip pain/Greater Trochanter Pain Syndrome (GTPS)
- Wrist tendinopathies including De quervains tenosynovitis
- Small joint Osteoarthritis in hands and feet
- Hip and knee Bursitis
- Trigger finger / Tigger thumb
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis