Steroid Injection Therapy

Steroid Injection Therapy – Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

What are steroids

Some steroids occur naturally within the body.  Man made steroids act like those naturally occurring steroids to reduce inflammation. They can be given in the form of an injection or in tablet form.  A steroid mixture can be injected into or around an inflamed joint to ease symptoms of pain and/or movement restriction.  The term ‘local injection’ refers to the way the steroid acts in a particular area.  There are a number of different steroids are available each with pros and cons, some work quite quickly but for a relatively short time, while others are effective for longer but also take longer to start working.

What are steroid injections used for?

They’re used for any inflammatory arthritis and sometimes for severe osteoarthritis,gout and also and for conditions affecting certain muscles, tendons and other soft tissues.

Why are local steroid injections prescribed?

A local steroid injection is given to reduce inflammation and pain within a joint.  They’re frequently given to those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and other types of arthritis particularly during a flare up of symptoms that prevent normal function.  An injection into a joint is called an intra-articular injection.

If the pain or inflammation is near an affected joint but not within the joint itself, you may be given an injection into the tender area rather than the joint.  This is called a peri- articular injection or soft tissue injection.

When and how do I have local steroid injections?
The most appropriate steroid mixture and dose for your condition and symptoms will be discussed and decided with a recommended consultant.  Most injections are quick and easy to perform.

If you have an injection into a joint, you should rest it, or at least avoid strenuous exercise, for the first 1–2 days.  However, at Resolve Physiotherapy injections are given as part of a complete treatment package as injections often settle pain but do not cure the underlying problem responsible for the pain.  Its important to recognise this and therefore schedule your follow up treatments efficiently to make use of the pain free period anticipated that allows physiotherapy rehabilitation to advance.  Our physiotherapists will be keen to give more intensive treatment after the injection, while your joint is less painful.

If the injection is very helpful, and other treatments are either unsuitable or less effective for you, it may be repeated
if necessary.

Side effects

Side-effects can include a temporary flare-up of joint pain, infection, changes in mood and thinning of the skin. These will be discussed with you fully before the injection is consented to.

Steroid Injections at Resolve Physiotherapy

Injection therapy is used as part of a programme to help treat:

  • Inflammatory pain from a range of orthopaedic conditions
  • Reduced range of movement/stiffness within a joint
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Bursitis of peripheral joints i.e. knee/shoulder/elbow

At Resolve Physiotherapy we will choose the most appropriate product to be injected and dose for your condition and symptoms.  Most injections are quick and easy to perform.  We only employ the best local consultants to deliver the joint injections as this is key to their success.


Please call 0121 293 0237 or email for further information