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Steroid injection therapy

Steroid injection therapy is the injection of corticosteroid medications into painful joints or soft tissues to reduce pain and inflammation in the area

What is injection therapy?

Injection therapy is the injection of steroid (corticosteroid) medications into painful joints or soft tissues to reduce pain and inflammation in that area. This may be recommended if you are unable to tolerate oral anti-inflammatories, if your condition is too painful for you to manage with physiotherapy exercises, or if your progress has slowed down. Occasionally injections may be used to confirm a diagnosis if it is not clear where your symptoms originate from.

We work closely with consultants should you need a fast onward referral for injection therapy using ultrasound or x-ray guidance. This might be recommended for injections in areas such as hip joints, neck or lower back.

How does it work?

Steroids are a synthetic version of hormones produced by the adrenal glands, which are two small glands found above the kidneys. When injected into a joint or muscle, steroids reduce redness and swelling

How could you benefit from injection therapy?

The injection can help to relieve swelling, pain and stiffness caused by inflammation. This can help you rehabilitate effectively and help you to return to normal activities sooner by ‘breaking the cycle’ of pain and inflammation. This is usually recommended to those suffering from overuse syndromes, when other types of physiotherapy don’t work.

It can also aid the diagnosis of your condition if it is not clear what is causing your pain. You may have a local anaesthetic injected at the same time to allow for temporary pain relief and to help locate where your pain is originating from.

Common conditions that could benefit from injection therapy:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Capsulitis
  • Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow)
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger points

Can anyone have injection therapy?

There are very few reasons people wouldn’t be able to have injection therapy, your physiotherapist will discuss this with you as part of your assessment. Your physiotherapist would usually need to know if you have had any previous injections, if you had any adverse reactions or allergies to medications, if you are pregnant or if you have an infection.

How much does injection therapy cost?

  • The initial assessment with a MSK physiotherapist is from £70*
  • An injection and follow up appointment are from £180**
  • Follow up (treatment) sessions are from £50*

**follow up appointments from injection usually take place 6 weeks after the injection

Why have injection therapy at BMI Healthcare?

  • Specially trained physiotherapists: all our injection therapy trained physiotherapists have undergone advanced training to allow them to perform injections
  • Fast access to private treatment, usually within 48 hours
  • Service available at a wide selection of BMI Healthcare hospitals throughout the country

*This is a starting from price and varies by hospital

Specialists offering Steroid injection therapy

Mr Sanjeev Patil

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS; DNB (Tr and Orth), MS (Orth), FRCS, FRCS (Tr and Orth)

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Robin Bhatia

Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon

MA (Oxon), MBBS, PhD, FRCS (SN)

BMI The Ridgeway Hospital

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Mr Andrew James

Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon


BMI The Saxon Clinic

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Dr Leon Creaney

Consultant Sports Physician


BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Laurence James

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

BSc (hons), MBBS, MRCS (Eng), FRCS (Tr & Orth)

BMI The Blackheath Hospital

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Prof Hector Chinoy

Consultant Rheumatologist / Professor of Rheumatology and Neuromuscular Disease


BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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