Ultrasound-Guided Steroid Injections

Across our UK-wide network of centres, we provide a wide range of musculoskeletal pain management treatments, including ultrasound-guided steroid injections (UGSIs).

Ultrasound-guided steroid injections are used to treat inflamed joints and tendons. They can alleviate arthritic pain caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and to treat inflamed tendons in conditions such as tennis elbow. They can also be effective in treating several sports-related injuries.

Ultrasound-guided steroid injections are available privately with a referral from your healthcare professional (eg your GP or physio). Medical Imaging Partnership is accredited by all major insurers and offers fast, easy access to private and self-pay patients.

About Ultrasound-Guided Steroid Injections

Patients are asked to complete a questionnaire and to sign a consent form before having a UGSI and it is important that the treatment is explained carefully, beforehand.

What is an ultrasound-guided steroid injection?

Steroid injections, also called corticosteroid injections, are anti-inflammatory medicines which are used to treat a wide range of conditions.

A steroid injection administered under ultrasound guidance can be more targeted and can provide significant pain relief, reduce inflammation and improve joint mobility for those suffering with long-term joint pain, as well as in the management of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Ultrasound guided steroid injections are available at a range of locations within the Medical Imaging Partnership network and are administered by our highly experienced team of healthcare professionals.

What is the benefit of having an ultrasound-guided steroid injection?

Evidence suggests steroid injections administered under ultrasound guidance are far more accurate than without. Needle placement can be carefully monitored and can target the problem area.

What is the process for having an ultrasound-guided steroid injection?

Our highly experienced consultant specialists will administer the steroid injection under ultrasound control.

How quickly does it take for a steroid injection to start working and how long does it last?

A steroid injection usually takes a few days to start working, although some evidence suggests it can start working after a few hours.

After a steroid injection, the reduction in pain and inflammation in the affected joint should last for up to several months.

Are there any risks?

You may experience a small amount of discomfort at the injection site and occasionally redness and swelling. Very rarely, as with all clinical procedures, you may develop an infection.

In line with World Health Organisation guidelines, additional safety policies have been introduced and our clinicians must now consider any risks posed by COVID-19. Patients will be asked to complete a questionnaire and the healthcare professional will need to determine that the benefits of the steroid injection, especially to patients over 70 or with co-morbidities, outweigh any risk of infection.

Do I need a referral for an ultrasound-guided steroid injection?

Yes, you will require a referral from a healthcare professional, such as your GP or a consultant for an Ultrasound-guided steroid injection. A physiotherapist can refer you for an Ultrasound-guided injection on the advice of a radiologist following an initial MRI or ultrasound scan. If you do not have a referral, please contact our helpful team who will be able to assist.

Making an Appointment

Booking an Ultrasound-guided steroid injection

If you are privately insured or self-paying and would like to have an ultrasound-guided steroid injection with us you will need to request a referral to us from a healthcare professional.

Making an appointment.

We offer fast, easy access to expert-led pain management services to both self-pay and privately insured patients.

Typically a private patient can be seen within 1 – 2 days of their initial enquiry.

If you would like to make an appointment to see one of our specialists you can do so by  requesting an appointment via our website or by calling us on:

To book an appointment for a USGI with us you will need a written referral from a healthcare professional. This can be your Consultant, GP, Osteopath or Physiotherapist. If you do not have a referral please call our team and they will be happy to discuss your options.