Relieve Pain and Achieve your Optimal Quality of Life
Steroids are a trusted and well-established medication commonly used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee. This strong injectable anti-inflammatory medication is mixed with a short acting local anaesthetic to provide quick pain relief (often within the first day of treatment).
Many patients experience marked reductions in pain and a quick return to previous levels of function after a corticosteroid injection. However, due to the degenerative and progressive nature of this condition gains previously achieved may not always be possible.
Steroid injections are an effective treatment for reducing pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.
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Treatment Summary at a glance
One – Three
Minor pain at injection site
Pain free joints
Between a few months and a lifetime
Within two days
Within two weeks
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Steroid injections, also known as corticosteroid injections, are a medical treatment commonly used to reduce inflammation and relieve pain in various parts of the body. These injections contain synthetic versions of corticosteroid hormones, which are naturally produced by the adrenal glands in the human body. Corticosteroids have powerful anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties, and when injected directly into a specific area, they can provide targeted relief from pain and inflammation.
Corticosteroids can help alleviate pain by reducing inflammation, which is often a major source of discomfort. As inflammation subsides, pain signals transmitted by nerve endings are diminished, resulting in pain relief.
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At consultation, your Consultant will be able to tell you if you are suitable. We may need an MRI or x-ray to confirm next steps.
The procedure is relatively pain free. Your harvesting site will be numbed with local anaesthetic. If you’re in any pain post-procedure, you will be discharged with pain relief.
Regenerative cell therapy takes between 1-2 hours. Pain reliving injections take no more than 20 minutes per joint.
All procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic so within one and three hours of your procedure, patients are typically discharged. All patients should have a chaperone (friend, family member or carer) to collect them after their procedure and remain with them on their journey home.
You are likely to feel mild pain in the joint for two to three days, however the pain can be managed with regular strength painkillers.
Post procedure, you should refrain from strenuous activity for at least two weeks.
Patients can feel immediate pain-relief. If this is not the case, do not worry, effects may take some days to come through and research has found it could take between 3-5 days.
Depending on the joint issue you present with, there may be a couple of ways to diagnose your pain and thereby find you a lasting solution.
Firstly, you will have a telephone consultation with one of our highly trained patient advisors. This patient advisor will ask you a series of pre-assessment questions to better understand your personal needs.
You will then be invited for a consultation with one of our leading experts. To better gain an understanding of the problem, the Consultant may suggest you receive an x-ray or an MRI.
What is an x-ray?
A diagnostic test that can help identify what issues are causing the pain.
What is an MRI?
A diagnostic test using a magnetic field and radio waves for a detailed image of both joint and soft tissue.
What is an ultrasound?
Typically a handheld device that provides an on the spot image of the soft tissue.
Once we’ve received the results of your diagnostic tests, our team will be able to advise you on next best steps to get you pain free.
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