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Joint pain treatment (joint injections) at Spire Alexandra Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £1,855

At Spire Alexandra Hospital, we offer injections for inflamed, swollen joints in a simple procedure to help ease chronic pain and stiffness in your joints. This procedure involves injecting medications directly into an affected joint.

Sometimes also called

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hydrocortisone injections
  • Intra-articular injections
  • Steroid injections

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    1-2 hours

  • Procedure duration
    20 minutes

  • Type of anaesthetic
    Sometimes local is used

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Yes

Why Spire?

  • You can usually see a consultant within a few days of enquiry
  • Expert, personalised treatments
  • Clear pricing with no hidden charges

Joint injections: what to expect at Spire Alexandra

At Spire Alexandra, we offer a comprehensive private hospital service to patients in Medway and the surrounding areas of Kent and the South East. We offer a choice of rheumatologists and orthopaedic consultants who perform joint injections and are committed to healthcare excellence.

You can expect to receive treatment without the wait and high-quality aftercare that’s personalised to you. Our facilities are clean and modern with all the comfort and convenience you’d expect at home.

How much does Joint pain treatment (joint injections) cost at Spire Alexandra Hospital

A joint pain treatment is available from £1,855.

It’s common to have joint injections privately and we offer inclusive prices and access to payment plans so it’s easy and more affordable – whether or not you have medical insurance.

You can trust Spire Alexandra Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price (1) so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner (2) you can even be considered for interest free finance.
(1) Important: Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price* when paying for yourself. (2) Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance , Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY. 

Preparing for joint injections at Spire Alexandra

Getting here

You'll find us approximately eight miles from Maidstone and five miles from Chatham. The nearest railway station is Chatham, a 10 minute taxi journey away. We have free parking available for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

You’ll meet your consultant in one of our 13 consultation rooms. All of our rooms are accessible, so there’s no need to worry about stairs if your joint pain is causing you mobility problems.

During your consultations, we’ll:

  • Ask about your medical history
  • Recommend imaging scans and/or blood tests to investigate your joint and any underlying conditions in more detail
  • Check your blood pressure and blood sugar to make sure joint injections are suitable for you
  • Explain in more detail how joint injections work, your expected outcome and any potential risks or complications
  • Give you an opportunity to discuss your expectations, needs and desires
  • Outline a treatment and ongoing support plan that’s tailored to you

Knee pain, shoulder pain and hip pain are common symptoms that may be improved with joint injections, especially joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.

Joint injections: your appointment

When you come in to Spire Alexandra for your joint injection, you’ll:

  • Meet your healthcare team
  • Have your joint felt and flexed, and possibly have excess fluid removed with a needle if necessary
  • Have a thin needle injected into your joint containing the steroid and sometimes an anaesthetic to numb the area
  • Be given a sedative to help you relax (if agreed upon with your consultant beforehand)

Sometimes, your consultant will use an X-ray machine positioned over your joint to guide the injection. They may also perform more than one joint injection, if necessary.

In some cases, our consultants use special platelet-rich plasma injections. The plasma is taken from your own blood, and when injected into your joint, it promotes cartilage repair and relieves pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis.

Joint injections: your recovery

After your injection, you’ll be taken to a recovery room to relax until your consultant is happy for you to go home. This is usually after about half an hour.

It’s normal to feel some discomfort from the injection itself and to have some bruising for a few days afterwards. If you had a local anaesthetic, you may not feel much pain but the effects will wear off in a couple of hours.

Some people notice an improvement in their chronic pain after just a few hours but it can take several days for the injection to become fully effective. You can expect the effects to last for a few weeks up to a year, depending on the type and strength of injection you have.

Although everybody’s different and you should always follow your consultant’s advice,  here’s a typical recovery timeline for joint injections:

Treatment and recovery timeline

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1-2 hours

Leave hospital

1-2 days

Rest at home

2 days

Begin moving and exercising your joint

A few days

Start to feel benefits

A few weeks to a year

May still feel the effects

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

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