Cortisone is a hormone that’s released into the bloodstream by the adrenal gland during periods of stress – preparing the body for fight or flight.
Synthesised cortisone works as a powerful anti-inflammatory and has longer-lasting results than natural cortisone. By injecting it into arthritic joints, we can effectively reduce swelling along with any associated pain. You should notice an improvement in your symptoms within just a few days, and the effects, which vary from person-to-person, can last for weeks or even months.
Although it’s very effective, cortisone is only a temporary measure, and if your pain returns after 2-3 injections you may need an alternative treatment.
The procedure is very straightforward and usually takes just five minutes. To minimise any discomfort we will provide you with a local anaesthetic at the same time as the cortisone. If we are treating your hip your cortisone injection will be done under X-ray control to make sure it’s positioned correctly.
After your cortisone injection you will be able to resume daily activities straight away – just avoid strenuous exercise for a couple of days. In some cases your pain can worsen immediately after the injection, but it will quickly subside. We’ll provide you with all the aftercare advice you need before your procedure, and if you have any questions afterwards our team will always be happy to help.