Cortisone (steroid) Injections
Cortisone shots are injections that can help relieve pain and inflammation and make movement easier in a specific area of your body.
They can be used to treat allergic disorders, asthma or breathing problems, skin conditions and arthritis, as well as injuries sustained through either sports or day to day activities.
Conditions treated with Cortisone (steroid) injections
Unlike traditional anti-inflammatory drugs given by mouth, Cortisone injections offer almost instant relief directly to the area.
Cortisone is most commonly injected into a joint such as the ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine and wrists.
Using ultrasound scan technology provides a high precision delivery of the cortisone at the point where it will be most effective and aids the clinician in avoiding passing the needle through areas which may be sore or present other issues. Conditions such as bursitis of the hip, knee or elbow, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, frozen shoulder, and many other conditions are treated using cortisone injections.
An injection can also avoid side effects accompanying many over-the-counter oral anti-inflammatory medications, such as irritation of the stomach.
Recovery time does depend on the area of the body which is treated.
Cortisone (steroid) injection treatment
The injected joint may feel numb after the treatment, which can last up to 4 hours. We advise patients to arrange transport home after treatment, as driving could be unsafe.
Exercise after the treatment, especially types of exercise directly putting strain on the joint that has had treatment should be avoided for the first few days.
Cortisone, generally offers relief directly after treatment, however some patients have reported the effects up to a week after treatment.
Cortisone (steroid) injection pain relief
Pain relief may last for weeks to months depending on the severity of each case.
As each case differs from patient to patient, we advise a consultation is booked with our Consultant Sports Physician where a detailed assessment and examination can be performed.
Cortisone treatments at Freedom clinics are given to treat –
- Neuropathic pain
- Joint pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Tendinopathy (Tennis Elbow, rotator cuff injuries)
- Ligamental injuries
- Trigger points
- Soft tissue swelling (ganglions, cysts)
- As well as injuries sustained either through sport or work.
If your injury or pain does not require further treatment then our SEM doctor (sports doctor) can also refer you to another specialist within Freedom clinics.
If you have been advised to seek corticosteroid injections or feel this treatment may benefit you please call or book an appointment via the ‘New’ or ‘Existing’ patient buttons found at the top of this page.