At Wellbeing, we offer joint injections to reduce pain and inflammation quickly and effectively to treat soft tissue conditions. Joint injections are available from Tollgate Clinic in Colchester and Chelmer Clinic in Little Waltham, Chelmsford. Our experienced clinical team can treat a variety of joint conditions by targeting the affected area with an injection that releases slowly into the joint for long-lasting relief.
Our joint injection treatment involves injecting anti-inflammatory steroids into areas of the body that are experiencing isolated swelling, tenderness or pain to provide relief. It is known as an intra-articular injection because it works on the joints of your body that connect to each other.
Steroid injections are often recommended for people with rheumatoid arthritis and other types of inflammatory arthritis. They may also be recommended for osteoarthritis if your joints are particularly painful.
Steroids are hormones that occur naturally in the human body, and are produced by the adrenal glands. These are different to anabolic steroids that are used to increase muscle mass in sport. Man-made steroids act like natural steroids to make movement easier. A steroid mixture can be injected around a joint to relieve pain and bring down swelling. Some steroids are combined with local anaesthetic to provide additional pain relief.
There are two different types of joint injections - those that begin to relieve pain in a couple of hours with effects lasting for around a week, and those that take around a week to take effect, but can relieve symptoms for longer. The durations differ due to how soluble the steroid is. These injections can be administered directly into the inflamed joint, into the soft tissue near to the joint, or into a muscle.
Joint injections are a simple procedure that your clinician will talk you through. You may need an ultrasound scan to locate the swelling, allowing your clinician to precisely target the source of the inflammation. The effects of a joint injection can last from several months to a year. They are used to target specific areas of the musculoskeletal system to improve mobility and treat swelling. We recommend that you take it easy for two weeks and avoid strenuous exercise following your injection to minimise the risk of damaging a tendon. After this period, it is important to keep going with any exercises given to you by your clinician or your GP, beginning gently and working up to more regular activity.
If you are having physiotherapy, speak to your physiotherapist, who will advise you on the best balance between resting and exercising. You may experience some slight discomfort when the injection is administered, and may also experience a flare-up in your joint pain within the first 24 hours after your injection. Taking pain relief can help with this until it settles by itself. We recommend that you don't have steroid injections in the same site more than three times in a year due to the risk of tissue damage - you may need fewer injections depending on the severity of your pain.
The different types of steroid you may have include hydracortisone, triamcinolone, or methlyprednisolone.
The conditions that we offer treatment for include:
Hand: Trigger Finger
Elbow: Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow
Shoulder: Frozen Shoulder, Impingement, Arthritis
Hip: Greater Trochanteric Bursitis
Foot: Plantar Fasciitis
Joint Injections with a GP with Special Interests - £200
Joint Injections with an Orthopaedic Specialist Physiotherapist - £120
The appointment cost with an Orthopaedic Specialist Physiotherapist includes an assessment. If the injection doesn't go ahead, then the charge is just £40 for the assessment. Prices are dependant on the individual patient’s needs. They provide an overview of potential costs and are not an exact figure as all patients’ requirements are different.
The minimum appointment duration for a steroid injection is 15 minutes, but this can vary depending on the type of injection required.
Please contact us for further information about whether joint injections can help you, or to book up an appointment.