Frequently asked questions

How many steroid injections are typically recommended within a 12-month period?
It is generally advised that patients do not exceed a maximum of three steroid injections into the same anatomical location within a 12-month timeframe.

What is the usual time it takes for a steroid injection to begin showing results?
Usually noticed 48-72 hours after injection however, this can vary on a case by case basis.

Is a doctor’s or consultant’s referral necessary for an ultrasound-guided injection?
We do not typically require a referral from a medical consultant or GP for you to access our services. However, in some cases, we may need to communicate with your doctor or request additional information from your GP to ensure the procedure’s medical safety.

Can I drive after undergoing an ultrasound-guided injection?
In most cases, individuals experience minimal pain following the injection. Nonetheless, we recommend that, whenever possible, you arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to the appointment or use public transport.

Do I need to provide written consent for an ultrasound-guided injection?
We request patients to provide written consent for ultrasound-guided injections, as this procedure is invasive and involves the use of prescription-only medications. We believe it’s crucial for patients to have a comprehensive understanding of potential risks and side effects associated with the injection treatment.

What are the charges for injections, particularly for steroid injections when obtained privately?
To find out the costs associated with steroid injections obtained privately, please visit our individual steroid injection page for costing details

Which medical conditions are typically treated effectively with steroid injections?
We have compiled a list of common medical conditions for which we offer steroid injections (Please see steroid injection page). However, if your diagnosed condition is not on our list, please get in touch using the contact form, and we can discuss whether we can provide you with suitable treatment.

Do steroid injections merely mask pain, and is there an increased risk of injury when pain is not felt?
While steroid injections are potent anti-inflammatory pain relief, they are administered for various reasons, depending on the condition. In some cases, a steroid injection can offer a cure, while in others, it provides an opportunity to exercise and rehabilitate.

What are the typical risks and side effects associated with steroid injections?
We provide a list of common side effects and risks, along with a consent form. However, if you have additional questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to provide further details regarding any concerns you may have.

What is the usual duration of the effectiveness of a steroid injection?
The response to a steroid injection can vary based on several factors. Typically, steroid injections offer pain relief for a period ranging from six weeks to six months.

Can steroid injections lead to arthritis?
Patients often ask if steroid injections can trigger arthritis. In this context, arthritis refers to osteoarthritis, which is a medical term for wear and tear or degenerative changes within the tissues.

Is it safe to have a steroid injection during pregnancy?
Unfortunately, we are unable to administer injections during pregnancy due to a lack of research evidence confirming its safety.

Can I receive an injection while still breastfeeding?
Typically, we can offer injections to patients who are still breastfeeding. The Breastfeeding Network provides specific information and guidance regarding steroid injections while breastfeeding: Breastfeeding Network – Steroid Injections