Steroid injections

What are steroid injections?

Steroid injections are used as a treatment to reduce the inflammation causing pain and discomfort. Steroid injections are used to treat joint pain, such as arthritis and soft tissue pain, such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome. There are different types of steroid injection you may require and they ease your symptoms for different amounts of time.

What does this involve?

Your Circle consultant will evaluate the area requiring treatment. You may receive anaesthetic to ease the pain of the steroid injection. The steroid injection will be administered into the joint or inflamed area, which may be uncomfortable. The steroids will treat the inflammation, which should reduce the pain.

When will I recover?

The procedure is short and you should be able to go home as soon as you feel ready. You may feel some initial discomfort as the anaesthetic wears off and you may be advised to keep movement of the joint to a minimum for a day or two.

What risks should I know about?

Due to the nature of the injection and the use of needles, you may experience some pain and swelling in the treated area. This can be controlled by over-the-counter painkillers and icing the painful area.