Cortisone injections

Pain symptoms can have a huge impact on your quality of life and make everyday tasks difficult, or even impossible.

What are Cortisone injections?

Cortisone, also referred to as corticosteroid or hydrocortisone, is a steroid injection typically used to relieve pain, swelling and irritation in a specific area of your body. Cortisone steroid injections are often used in joints such as the ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine or wrist. It is a safe, effective way to help make movement of a joint easier and to aid your body to naturally heal a short-term injury.

What conditions can be treated?

A Cortisone injection can be beneficial for any condition that causes pain or inflammation including, but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Gout
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tendonitis (painful tendons)

How are the injections given?

A Cortisone injection can only be given by a healthcare professional. At LycaHealth Orpington, we have a variety of expert consultants who can administer Cortisone injections.

Your consultant will insert a needle into the area that needs treating and inject the steroid directly. An ultrasound can be used to help guide the needle to provide a more accurate administration of the steroid.

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We offer a pain management service for anyone suffering with acute or chronic pain. We aim to support you in providing a solution and improving your wellbeing and functioning in day to day life.

Frequently asked questions

The cost of a Cortisone injection into a joint is £180. If the injection is to be ultrasound guided, the cost is £410.

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Depending on the joint needing treatment, you may be given a local anaesthetic by spray or injection to numb the skin before the cortisone injection is given. If you are nervous about your treatment, please speak to our team who will support you through the process.

Cortisone injections are perfectly safe to use when being administered by a healthcare professional. Our consultants will perform ultrasound guided hydrocortisone injections which increases the accuracy of delivering the steroid.

Pain and inflammation happen as a result of your immune system trying to fight off an infection or to heal an injury. The steroid calms your immune system’s response in the location that it is injected into which then reduces the pain and inflammation.

If you have a short-term joint injury, an injection will often help you start to move again and aid your body to heal itself naturally. It will typically be effective for 2-3 months.

For long-term joint pain, an injection should help for a few months but if pain persists, other pain management treatments may be necessary for an underlying health concern.

A corticosteroid injection usually takes a few days to start working, although some people feel the benefits within a few hours.

If you have long-term joint pain, you can have 1 cortisone injection into the same joint 2 to 3 times a year. You should wait at least 3 months between treatments.

Yes. You will need a referral from a qualified professional such as an Orthopaedic surgeon, a GP, a Physiotherapist or Dermatologist (in the case of acne).

LycaHealth Orpington have various specialists who can assess and advise on your individual case and refer you for a cortisone injection, if appropriate.

Serious side effects from a cortisone injection are rare. Common side effects may include short-term pain and swelling in the injected joint which usually clear in a few days. There may also be some bruising around the site of the injection. Speak to your healthcare provider if you are concerned about any side effects of the treatment.

Yes, cortisone injections will help manage the pain experienced by sciatica. Depending on the severity of the pain, the relief experienced will vary from person to person.

Yes, cortisone injections will help manage knee pain. Depending on the severity of the pain, the relief experienced will vary from person to person.

You should not drive on the day of your cortisone treatment, however, you can resume normal activities the following day.

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