Joint pain treatment (joint injections) at Spire Clare Park Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £454

At Spire Clare Park Hospital, we offer a range of joint injections to help relieve inflamed, swollen and painful joints. It’s a quick procedure to inject medications directly into affected joints.

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
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Joint injections: what to expect at Spire Clare Park

At Spire Clare Park, we’re a leading provider of private hospital treatments for our patients in Surrey. Our orthopaedic consultants perform joint injections to help relieve chronic pain and stiffness.

We offer fast access to diagnostic tests and scans and easy 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 Clare Park Hospital

A joint pain treatment is available from £454.

Many people have this procedure done privately, and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, with or without medical insurance.

You can trust Spire Clare Park Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price1 so there are no surprises. Finance options are available through our chosen partner2.

1Important: 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 Spire Healthcare Limited is acting as a credit broker to Zebra Health Finance Limited. Company No. 09406708. Registered at 1 Worsley Court, High Street, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3NJ. www.zebrahealthfinance.com Zebra Health Finance Limited is a appointed representative of Chrysalis Finance Limited and Shawbrook Bank Limited is the lender. Spire Healthcare Ltd does not receive payment for arranging credit. All parties named here are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Credit acceptance is subject to application and status. Terms and conditions apply.

Preparing for joint injections at Spire Clare Park

Getting here

Spire Clare Park Hospital is a 10 minute taxi ride from Farnham station, with free parking available.

Your consultations

All your consultations will take place in one of our 10 accessible consulting rooms, so don’t worry if you have joint pain when walking. During your consultations, we'll:

  • Ask about your medical history
  • Say whether you need blood tests, an X-ray and/or an MRI or CT scan so they can examine your joint in more detail
  • Check your blood pressure and blood sugar to make sure the hydrocortisone injection is suitable for you
  • Explain about the procedure, anaesthetic and any potential risks and complications and how they may affect you
  • Give you a chance to ask any questions you have about your treatment

Joint injections can be used to help knee pain, shoulder pain and hip pain, and in particular, pain that’s associated with osteoarthritis.

Once you and your consultant have decided to go ahead with joint injections, they’ll outline your treatment and ongoing support plan.

Joint injections: your appointment

On the day of your procedure, you’ll come into Spire Clare Park and meet your healthcare team.

When you’re ready, your consultant will feel and flex your joint and may draw out fluid with a needle, if necessary.

Your consultant will then perform the joint injection.

  • They may use a local anaesthetic before or at the same time as the injection to help make the procedure more comfortable for you
  • They may use a special X-ray machine to see your joint and guide the needle in
  • They may make more than one injection, if necessary

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

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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