Corticosteroid injections can provide an effective anti-inflammatory pain relieving treatment direct to the painful joint or tissue and may be used as a adjunct to physiotherapy or in some conditions as a standalone treatment. At times this can completely relieve symptoms or provide a ‘window’ of pain relief allowing physiotherapy to be more effective. Normally, only one injection is required to gain sufficient pain relief and restore normal range of movement.

At East Coast Physio a corticosteroid injection is performed under ultrasound guidance, to visually guide the needle tip to the precise location to ensure the accuracy of the medication to the affected and/or desired joint or soft tissue.

Common complaints that can be effectively treated with corticosteroid injection therapy are listed below.

SHOULDER

> Osteoarthritis shoulder
> Impingement /bursitis
> Adhesive capsulitis / frozen shoulder
> Acromioclavicular joint sprain/ Osteoarthritis

ELBOW

> Osteoarthritis
> Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
> Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
> Bursitis

HAND & WRIST

> Osteoarthritis of the joints of the wrist/hand/thumb
> Trigger finger/thumb
> Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
> De Quervain’s

HIP

> Trochanteric bursitis/gluteal tendinopathy – lateral hip pain
> Hip joint

KNEE

> Osteoarthritis knee
> Bursitis

ANKLE & FOOT

> Ankle and subtalar joints
> Osteoarthritis of the joints of the talonavicular joint, mid and fore-foot joints
> Plantar faciitis/fasciopathy
> Bursitis
> Mortons neuroma

PLEASE NOTE: Injections not performed include Patella tendon, Achilles tendons, spinal injections or sacroiliac joints.

Patient information leaflet published by the Arthritis Research Campaign please click here (Local Steroid Injections).

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