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.