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How much does a steroid injection cost privately UK?

What is the cost of corticosteroid injections?

If you are in pain, and you don’t want to wait forever in the hospital queue, you might be considering a private ultrasound guided cortisone injection in the UK and you want to know exactly how much a steroid injection cost privately.

Unfortunately, there is no quick answer. Well, there is, but the answer is “it depends on where you live and the medical establishment you choose for your treatment”.

Researching the price of cortisone joint injections online, we found that there is a wide span of prices, starting from as low as £200 to more than £600.

What is the cost of joint injection procedures at Sonoscope?

Sonoscope offers one stop diagnosis and treatment plan that includes initial assessment with physical examination and diagnostic ultrasound and the ultrasound guided injection in a single appointment.

Like it is not enough having painful joints or arthritis in some clinics, you have to make multiple visits and pay for them: one visit for the initial consultation and the treatment with a consultant. These arrangements delay your needed injections for pain relief.

Our price of ultrasound guided injections are all-inclusive and the injection per joint is only £200.

You can find all our joint pain treatment prices on the treatment cost page.

If during the diagnostic tests we find out your condition is not suitable for the injection shot treatment you will only be charged £100 for the consultation and ultrasound scan and a report will be provided to you with our recommendations.

Are there any hidden costs?

No. We have a clear and transparent pricing policy and our quoted treatment price is all-inclusive with no hidden additional charges.

Which locations can I have an injection?

Sonoscope injection clinics are conveniently based in Hertfordshire, easily accessible and offer an efficient patient journey.

You can find more information about our clinics as well as how to book your appointment.

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How long does a steroid injection take to work?

What steroids are commonly injected?

Many patients ask the question: How long does a steroid injection take to work? To answer that question we need to first look at the kind of type of steroid injected. This is one of the reasons that these are now commonly not used very much for joint and soft tissue conditions.

Highly soluble steroid injections such as hydrocortisone, were commonly injected for joint and soft tissue conditions years ago. they are very fast acting but unfortunately not very long lasting. This is why these type of steroids are now no longer commonly used to treat joint and soft tissue conditions.

The steroid injections administered for joint or soft tissues are usually longer-acting steroids such as: Triamcinolone Acetonide (Kenalog) and Methylprednisolone (Depo-Medrone). These steroids are highly insoluble in water. That means that they tend to form a depot in the injected structure and the active steroid is released more gradually. This means that they are seen as longer-acting steroids. One of the downsides of longer acting steroids is that they do not work immediately.

How long does it take before steroids to start working?

It Is generally accepted that Depomedrone and Kenalog steroids take at least several days to start working, in some cases people report that they notice the benefit after only one day or so. In many cases it can take as long as 5 to 10 days after injection for the benefits to show. In a minority of cases, it could take as long as two weeks before these steroids start working.

How long will the steroid injection last for?

There is no quick answer to this question. This will largely depend on your condition and the severity of your condition. For example, it is likely that in a degenerative condition such as osteoarthritis eventually when the steroid has stopped working the symptoms return. The evidence for how long steroid injection can last as long as 10 weeks or so. Although most studies do not look at longer term outcomes. Anecdotally it is not uncommon for people to report pain relief for many more months following steroid injection.

However, in non-degenerative conditions the success can be longer lasting. For example in steroid injection for De Quervains tenosynovitis (a very common and often debilitating tendon condition at the wrist) at four year follow up 90 % of patients completely recovered following steroid injection (Anderson, Manthey and Brouns, 1991).

Conclusion:

So hopefully this summary goes some way to answer the question we posed at the beginnning of this blog: How long does a steroid injection take to work?

  • Steroid injections generally take up to a week to start working. A small number of people  report benefit as soon as one day after the injection. A minority of people might not see any benefit for up to two weeks following a steroid injection.
  • Most injections if succesfull will last for at least a few months. But In degenerative conditions such as  (osteoarthritis)  the benefits are generally temporary. In non degenerative conditions such as a number of soft tissue conditions the benefits can be much longer lasting and for certain conditions (de quervains tenosynovitis) for example the recovery can be permanent.

Looking for an expertly delivered and pinpoint accurate injection?

You are in the right place!

With thousands of successful ultrasound guided injections behind him contact our lead clinician Rob Mast for a free telephone consulation.

We are proud to bring our highly specialist ultrasound guided procedures to a physiotherapy practice in your local area !

 

Check out our competetive fees!

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Do steroid shots hurt?

Do steroid shots hurt?

Many of us will have heard of someone who had a very painful experience having a steroid injection. If I had a pound for every patient that told me that someone they knew had had a steroid injection which was reported as agonisingly painful then I would be rich!  

So, are all these people exaggerating? Or is it true that steroid injections are very painful? 

Expertise and experience counts

For many years I used to inject patients without image guidance. And although sometimes injections were painful, I do not think that they were particularly painful for most patients.  But I am very experienced musculoskeletal clinician with good anatomical knowledge and expertise. I  carried out many injections and therefore was able to perfect my technique. 

Conversely in those who lack experience and who dnot see a great volume of patients it is very possible that the combined effect of lack of skill and small numbers of injections lead to these injections being more uncomfortable when they are carried out.  

Why are unguided injections more painful?

The operator completely relies on their knowledge of the anatomy to guide the needle safely into the joint. Even for experienced injectors it is impossible to exactly know whether their needle is perfectly placed to enter the joint/ or soft tissue.

Pain sensitive structures such as bone ligaments or tendons are often touched and cause pain which depending on how hard the needle is touching these structures can be severe.

Ultrasound guided injections

For many years now I have been injecting patients under ultrasound guidance. In my opinion this has made these procedures less painful and has also improved accuracy massively.

Studies such as Sibbitt et al. (2009) have supported my personal experience. They found a 43.0% reduction in procedural pain (p < 0.001) (n=148) when comparing landmark guided to ultrasound-guided groups. VAS pain scores at 2 weeks were also 58.0% lower (p < 0.001) than in the unguided injection group. 

Other reasons why ultrasound-guided injections are generally preferred are: accuracy and safety; the operator can direct the needle away from pain sensitive structures that could potentially be damaged by the injection needle. 

Conclusion:

To answer the question: Do steroid shots hurt? Realistically all steroid injections cause some discomfort no matter how skillful it is done. But unguided injections, even in the hands of experienced injectors,  are more painful and the research supports this (Sibbitt et al., 2009). Ultrasound-guided injections are much better tolerated. The accuracy of guiding injections allows the injection to be accurately guided thereby avoiding pain sensitive structures and cause much less discomfort.

Looking for an expertly delivered and pinpoint accurate injection?

You are in the right place!

With thousands of successful ultrasound guided injections behind him contact our lead clinician Rob Mast for a free telephone consulation.

We are proud to bring our highly specialist ultrasound guided procedures to a physiotherapy practice in your local area !

 

Check out our competetive fees!

Contact us