Cortisone injections can help to relieve stiff, painful and swollen joints by delivering a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. They can help to treat the symptoms of a wide range of conditions, and the results can last for months.
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 an 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.
Cortisone shots can be used to treat the symptoms of arthritis, sports injuries and soft tissue injuries such as a sprained ligament or strained tendon or muscle. In the meantime we can tackle the root cause of your condition. Cortisone injections can also be used as a diagnostic treatment to identify the source of any pain.
The procedure is very straightforward and usually takes just five minutes. To minimise any discomfort you’ll be provided with a local anaesthetic at the same time as the cortisone. If we are treating your hip your cortisone injection will be administered 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.