Steroid Injections

Steroid Injections


Effective relief for chronic pain and inflammation of the knees

  • Personalised Treatment Plans
  • Expert Medical Team
  • Comprehensive Care & Support
  • Convenient & Comfortable Environment

Our private steroid injections offer a targeted approach to managing chronic pain and inflammation. These treatments, administered by our experienced medical professionals, are designed to reduce discomfort and improve quality of life. We prioritise patient safety and efficacy, ensuring each treatment is tailored to your individual needs.

What Are Steroid Injections?

Steroid injections, also known as corticosteroid injections, are a minimally invasive treatment option used to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation in various parts of the body. We utilise these injections primarily for joint and soft tissue conditions, such as arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. The procedure involves injecting a combination of a corticosteroid and a local anaesthetic directly into the affected area. This dual-action formula not only provides immediate pain relief from the anaesthetic but also delivers long-term inflammation reduction from the steroid.

The treatment process is straightforward and patient-focused. Initially, a thorough consultation is conducted to assess your condition and determine the suitability of steroid injections for your specific needs. You will usually require imaging to assess your suitability for this treatment which can be arranged on a private basis.

The actual injection procedure is quick, typically taking only a few minutes. Post-injection, patients often experience significant relief within a few days, with the effects potentially lasting for several months. We also provide comprehensive aftercare advice to maximise the benefits of the treatment and support your recovery journey.

Are Steroid Injections Right for You?

Steroid injections may be an ideal solution for individuals experiencing chronic pain, recurring injuries, or even one-off injuries that disrupt daily life. This therapy is recognised for its safety and effectiveness in providing relief and reducing inflammation.

To ensure it’s the right choice for you, our consultants are available for in-depth discussions about your specific requirements and medical history. This consultation is a crucial step, allowing us to tailor the treatment to your unique needs and ensuring you make an informed decision before committing to the procedure.

Common Conditions That Benefit From Steroid Injection Therapy

Steroid injection therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions, offering relief and improved mobility to those affected. Common conditions that often respond well to this treatment include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Sciatica

Each of these conditions can cause significant discomfort and limit daily activities, but with targeted steroid injections, many patients experience a substantial reduction in symptoms and an enhanced quality of life.

Common Symptoms That Benefit From Steroid Injection Therapy

Steroid injection therapy is often a valuable treatment for various symptoms that significantly impact daily life. Common symptoms that may require or benefit from this therapy include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range of motion

Living with these symptoms can be challenging, affecting your ability to perform everyday tasks and enjoy life to its fullest. We understand the distress and limitations these symptoms can cause. Our targeted steroid injection therapy aims to alleviate these discomforts, helping you regain mobility and return to your daily activities with less pain and greater ease. We’re committed to providing relief and improving your quality of life through compassionate and effective care.

How Much Do Steroid Injections Cost?

Pricing for private steroid injections is as follows:

Joint Injection: £225 + £10 admin fee

The cost of each steroid injection does not include the initial consultation or imaging. The injection procedure itself is covered by this fee. Follow up appointments may be required and will incur a fee. Our experienced medical professionals use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, ensuring you receive the highest standard of care.

For payment, we accept various methods including credit/debit cards

and cash payments. We aim to provide flexible payment options to accommodate your financial preferences and make the process as convenient as possible.

If you have health insurance, we can work directly with your provider to manage the payment process. We advise you to check with your insurance company beforehand to understand the coverage details for steroid injection therapy.

Please note that the prices listed are guide prices and the actual cost will be confirmed upon booking your appointment. We strive to be transparent with our pricing, ensuring you have all the necessary information before proceeding with the treatment.

Your Consultation

Your journey towards relief begins with a consultation, typically scheduled within a week of your initial contact with MUC. We understand the urgency of addressing your discomfort and strive to provide prompt and efficient service.

During your consultation, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, our experienced

consultants conduct a comprehensive assessment of your condition. This involves a detailed discussion about your symptoms, medical history, and any specific concerns you may have. Our aim is to understand the root cause of your pain and how it affects your daily life. Following the discussion, a physical examination is carried out to assess the affected area, evaluating factors like range of motion, swelling, and tenderness.

If necessary, we may recommend further diagnostic tests or scans, such as X-rays, MRIs, or ultrasounds, to gain a clearer picture of your condition. These tests help in confirming the diagnosis and determining the most effective treatment plan for you. Our consultants ensure that you are fully informed about each step of the process and are comfortable with the proposed treatment plan. Your consultation is a crucial step in tailoring a treatment that best suits your individual needs and sets the foundation for your path to recovery.

How To Prepare for Steroid Injection Treatment

Before undergoing steroid injection treatment, it’s important to follow certain precautions to ensure the best possible outcome. Your consultant will provide detailed guidance on each step to prepare you for the procedure.

Medication Review

Inform your consultant about all medications you’re currently taking, including over-the-counter medication and supplements. Some medications may need to be paused or adjusted before the injection, particularly blood thinning medications.


Depending on the area being treated, you may be advised to fast for a specific period before the procedure. This is typically required for spinal injections.

Allergy Check

Ensure you disclose any known allergies, especially to medications, to avoid any adverse reactions during the treatment.

Physical Preparation

It’s advisable to wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day of your injection. This allows easy access to the injection site and ensures your comfort throughout the process. If you are traveling to your appointment via car, we recommend you ask someone to drive for the journey home.

Post-Treatment Care Plan

Familiarise yourself with the post-treatment care instructions, such as activity restrictions or the application of ice to the injection site, to aid in a smooth recovery.

By following these preparation methods, you can help ensure a safe and effective treatment experience. Your consultant will be there to guide you through each step, ensuring you feel confident and prepared for your steroid injection treatment.

What Happens During Steroid Injection Therapy?

The steroid injection therapy begins with cleaning the injection site and possibly applying a local anaesthetic for comfort. Our experts administer the steroid medication precisely to the affected area, ensuring accuracy and effectiveness. The procedure is quick, typically taking just a few minutes, with minimal discomfort experienced by the patient.

Post-injection, you’ll be monitored briefly for any immediate reactions. We’ll then provide you with aftercare instructions, which usually include rest and applying ice to the area. The relief from the injection varies among individuals, with some feeling better within days and others taking a bit longer. Our team is dedicated to ensuring a comfortable and informed experience throughout your treatment.

Steroid Injection Aftercare and Recovery

Aftercare and recovery following a steroid injection can vary from person to person, but any discomfort or aches at the injection site typically subside within 2-3 days. To aid in your recovery and maximise the benefits of the treatment, we recommend the following measures:

  • Rest: Avoid strenuous activities for at least 24-48 hours post-injection.
  • Ice Application: Apply ice to the injection site to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used if necessary, as per your consultant’s advice.
  • Monitoring: Keep an eye on the injection site for any signs of infection or unusual reactions.
  • Follow-up: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments to assess the effectiveness of the treatment and plan further care if needed.
  • Gradual Resumption of Activities: Slowly reintroduce regular activities as comfort allows, without overexerting the treated area.

Risks and Complications of Steroid Injections

While steroid injections are generally safe and effective, it’s important to acknowledge that, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. These injections are routinely performed and have a high success rate, but complications, though rare, can occur.

Most patients undergo this treatment without any significant issues. However, it’s crucial to be informed about the possibilities, including infection, allergic reactions, and temporary increases in pain and inflammation at the injection site. Our team takes every precaution to minimise these risks, ensuring the highest standards of safety and care throughout the treatment process.

What are the side effects of steroid injections?

Steroid injections are a widely used treatment with a strong safety profile, but like all medical procedures, they can have side effects. It’s important to be aware of these potential side effects, which include:

  • Temporary flare-up
  • Skin discoloration
  • Facial flushing
  • Elevated blood sugar
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual changes
  • Appetite changes

Our team closely monitors patients for any side effects and provides comprehensive guidance to manage them effectively. It’s important to communicate any concerns or unusual symptoms you experience after the treatment to ensure prompt and appropriate care.

Why Choose Mid Ulster Clinic for Private Steroid Injections?

At Mid Ulster Clinic, we stand out for our quick treatment access, personalised care plans, and rapid consultation availability. Our dedicated consultants ensure tailored, expert care for each patient, using advanced techniques in a patient-focused environment. Choose us for efficient and effective steroid injection therapy.

Last Reviewed By A Medical Professional On 01/29/24