The aim of this information page is to help answer some of the questions you may have about having a corticosteroid injection.
It explains the benefits and alternatives of the procedure as well as what you can expect when you come to David Steele Physiotherapy for an injection.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to David.
What is a corticosteroid injection?
A corticosteroid (or ‘cortisone’) is an anti-inflammatory medicine, which can be injected directly into the tissues that are causing your symptoms. It is a safer alternative to taking antiinflammatory medication by mouth. It acts directly in the area injected and is not the same as the steroids taken by bodybuilders or athletes.
What are the benefits – why should I have a corticosteroid injection?
- The injection can help to relieve swelling, pain and stiffness caused by inflammation
- This may in turn help you to start your rehabilitation and return to normal activities sooner by ‘breaking the
cycle’ of pain and inflammation
- It can also be helpful to aid in the diagnosis of your condition if it is not clear which structures are responsible for your pain
- You may also have a local anaesthetic injected at the same time, which allows for temporary pain relief
Are there any other alternatives?
Alternatives to the injection include lifestyle changes, use of anti-inflammatory medicines and traditional manual physiotherapy.
Occasionally, a surgical opinion may be helpful. If you would like further information about these other options then please let us know.