Joint pain treatment (joint injections) at Spire Bristol Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £2,135

At Spire Bristol 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?

  • Fast access to diagnostic tests and scans
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Joint injections: what to expect at Spire Bristol

Spire Bristol is a well-established private hospital in the region providing excellent care to patients in the South West of England. We have many dedicated orthopaedic consultants who can perform joint injections to relieve chronic pain and stiffness. We offer access to tests, scans and treatment without the wait, and hassle-free booking with appointment times to suit you.

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

There are many ways to pay and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.

Joint pain treatment (joint injection under x-ray control) Fees
Initial consultation £220
Treatment £1,915
Aftercare Included
Guide price £2,135
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£167
Representative example
Loan amount £1,665
Deposit £250
Loan period 10 months
Representative APR 0%
Total amount repayable £1,670

The guide price displayed shows what most patients who pay for their own treatment should expect to pay for treatment. The price may vary depending on Consultant, type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and may also vary due to your medical history.

Spire Bristol Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. 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. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Preparing for joint injections at Spire Bristol

Getting here

Spire Bristol can be easily accessed by either the M4 or M5 motorways, or by Temple Meads or Parkway train stations. We have free parking on-site for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

You’ll meet your consultant in one of our 26 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

Here’s what will happen on the day of your joint injection:

  • You’ll meet your healthcare team
  • If agreed with your consultant beforehand, you’ll be given a sedative so you feel calm
  • Your consultant will feel and flex your joint and may draw out fluid with a needle if necessary
  • Your consultant will insert a thin needle into your joint to inject the steroid, which may be mixed with a local anaesthetic to numb the area
  • Your consultant may use an X-ray machine positioned over your joint as a guide for the injection
  • They may make more than one injection, if appropriate

Joint injections: your recovery

When your consultant has finished, you’ll be able to relax in a recovery room until you’re ready to go home - this is usually for about half an hour or so. Before you leave, your healthcare team will give you advice on managing your pain and any exercises you can do to help improve your results.

You may have some discomfort from the injection – if you had a local anaesthetic, you may feel this after a couple of hours. However, the joint injection should improve your chronic pain in a few hours to a few days. Usually, the effects should last for a few weeks to a few months, depending on the type and strength of your injection.

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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