Joint pain treatment (joint injections) at Spire Bushey Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £1,722

At Spire Bushey 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 a wide range of treatments
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Transparent pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Joint injections: what to expect at Spire Bushey

Spire Bushey is one of North London and Hertfordshire’s leading private hospitals and we take pride in delivering high-quality care. We have many dedicated rheumatologists, orthopaedic consultants and radiologists who can perform joint injections to relieve chronic pain and stiffness.

We offer fast access to diagnostic tests and scans and hassle-free booking, so you don’t have to wait long to find out if treatment is right for you.

How much does Joint pain treatment (joint injections) cost at Spire Bushey 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 £250
Treatment £1,883
Aftercare Included
Guide price £2,133
Monthly treatment price

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

£163
Representative example
Loan amount £1,633
Deposit £250
Loan period 10 months
Representative APR 0%
Total amount repayable £1,630
Joint pain treatment (joint injections) Fees
Initial consultation £250
Treatment £1,472
Aftercare Included
Guide price £1,722
Monthly treatment price

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

£122
Representative example
Loan amount £1,222
Deposit £250
Loan period 10 months
Representative APR 0%
Total amount repayable £1,220

Spire Bushey 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 Bushey

Getting here

Spire Bushey Hospital and Spire Bushey Diagnostic Centre are situated within easy access to the M1/M25 motorways, underground and overground train stations.

We have free parking on both sites for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

Your initial consultation will take place at Spire Bushey Diagnostic centre which offers the latest facilities and diagnostics. All of our rooms are accessible, making things easier if you have difficulty walking.

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

In most cases, you'll receive a hydrocortisone joint injection. Hydrocortisone is a steroid which reduces inflammation and relieves pain.

Sometimes, our consultants recommend special platelet-rich plasma injections. The plasma is taken from your own blood, and when injected into your joint, it’s intended to promote cartilage repair and relieves pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis.

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 - 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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