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.


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


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


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


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


> Osteoarthritis knee
> Bursitis


> 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).