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Cortico-Steroids

Although alternative modern biotherapeutic medicines will always be our prefered choice in many treatments, where indicated,or requested we can also provide Corticosteroid injection therapies.

WHAT ARE STEROID INJECTIONS USED FOR?

Our Steroid injections are useful for the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions, particularly in the treatment of painful inflammatory conditions affecting human tendons, Ligaments, muscle, and joint conditions, such as osteoarthritis, and tendonitis.

STEROID INJECTIONS
Some Answers to Common Questions

What is a steroid injection for?

A steroid injection is given to reduce inflammation (pain, swelling, redness and heat) in a specific part of you eg a joint. Often your clinician will inject a local anaesthetic as well as the steroid for immediate pain relief.

How is the injection carried out?

An antiseptic is sprayed or rubbed onto the skin, and then the injection is carried out, and a plaster or piece of gauze is put on the skin. You may take this off after a few hours or the next day.

How quickly will the steroid injection take to work, and how long will it last?

This varies between people, but usually an improvement starts in 1 to 2 days. If the injection does help reduce the pain, the benefit can last from a few weeks to several months.

Are there any side effects?

People frequently notice a flare up or increase in their pain within the first 48 hours after a steroid injection. This usually then settles spontaneously over the next couple of days. Side effects are very unlikely. Very rarely, infection might be introduced at the time of the injection and so if the part of you becomes more painful and more inflamed, and does not settle down, then you should consult your clinician or GP as you may need antibiotics.

Occasionally some thinning of the skin may occur at the injection site eg over a joint.

Do I need to rest after the injection?

If you have an injection into a joint you should rest as much as possible for the first 2 days. If you have had an injection into the heel or another part, then this may not be necessary.

Your clinician will advise you.

Where can I obtain further information?

If you would like any further information about steroid injections, or if you have any concerns about your treatment, please discuss it with your clinician or your GP.

Who should not have a steroid injection?

Your clinician will discuss this with you and help you decide if you should have a steroid injection. But if you:

  • have had an allergic reaction to a previous Depomedrone injection, or to a local anaesthetic
  • have an untreated systemic infection which is not being treated eg you are not yet on antibiotics

it would generally be considered inappropriate to have a steroid injection.

If you have diabetes, are on Warfarin, are breastfeeding, are or may be pregnant, have liver or kidney failure, high blood pressure or heart failure, then your clinician may wish to discuss with you the suitability of having a steroid injection