Joint pain can be both very unpleasant and prevent you doing everyday things such as walking, writing, exercise or sport.

The injection of steroids (possibly mixed with a local anaesthetic) into the joint can provide rapid pain relief for several weeks or months. You will usually be sedated (given a calming drug) but occasionally people are asleep during the procedure following a general anaesthetic.

What is Joint Pain Treatment?

Injury or arthritis can cause debilitating pain that affects your enjoyment of life. As well as being in pain, joint pain can prevent you from taking part in everyday activities like:

  • exercise or sport
  • playing with your children and family
  • driving
  • using computers for work or leisure.

A joint injection can provide relief from pain. Some people enjoy this relief for several months while others require new injections every few weeks.

Your expert consultant may also inject a local anaesthetic, mixed with the steroid in the same syringe. Local anaesthetic drugs block the way nerves carry pain signals to your brain. This provides instant pain relief at the time of the injection. If your consultant only injects steroids you will feel the full benefit after a few days.

The procedure takes around 20 minutes, including time for a sedative to take effect.

We have modern, well-equipped hospitals and practice some of the latest, advanced medical treatments. We take an integrated approach so we can organise any other care that you may need to help ease your joint pain, like physiotherapy, for your procedure.

If you decide to have your procedure with us, you will be looked after by an experienced multi-disciplinary care team.

When is Joint Pain Treatment Needed?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

Preparing for Joint Pain Treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Joint Pain Treatment Procedure

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.

Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

Joint Pain Treatment Side Effects and Complications

We understand that having any medical procedure, even one as relatively straightforward as a joint injection, can cause anxiety. Our professional and caring medical staff will be there to reassure you throughout.

Once the sedation has taken affect and you're feeling very calm, your expert consultant will feel and flex the joint. If you have arthritis your consultant may need to draw out fluid through a needle before injecting the medication.

An X-ray machine is likely to be positioned over the joint to help guide the consultant to the exact spot for the steroid injection. Your consultant will insert a thin needle into the joint and the steroid (and local anaesthetic if one is being used) will be injected. Your consultant may make more than one injection in the same session if appropriate.

The whole procedure, including sedation, takes around 20 minutes.

Joint Pain Treatment Recovery Time

After the procedure, you will be taken to your own recovery room or a dedicated recovery area where you can relax in comfort until you’re able to go home - generally half an hour.

If a local anaesthetic was injected with the steroids the pain should disappear immediately. Otherwise you should feel the full benefit after a few days.

Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.

But everyone is different. If you have any questions or concerns, we’re ready to help.

Joint Pain Treatment Cost

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

Why Spire Liverpool Hospital is the Best Choice

A joint pain treatment is available from £115.

You can trust Spire Liverpool 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.

We’re here to help you with making these important choices, so you’re then free to concentrate on your treatment and on getting back to being you.

(1) Important: Please read Spire’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. 

Find Spire Liverpool Hospital

Based in quiet and peaceful grounds facing Greenbank Park, we are only a 15-minute car journey from Liverpool John Lennon Airport and are well placed for easy access via public transport routes.

57 Greenbank Road,
L18 1HQ

Hospital reception: 0151 733 7123


Hospital director
Fergus Macpherson 

How to get here

Finding us by car

From the M62:
Follow the M62 to the end, taking the slip road on the left onto the A5058 (Queens Drive). Then continue along the A5058 (following signs to Allerton / Mossley Hill A5058), passing over two roundabouts. Follow the A5058 until the junction of North Mossley Hill Road (where you will see a sign for Spire Liverpool Hospital).

Turn right into North Mossley Hill Road and continue on to Greenbank Road. Continue along Greenbank Road, passing playing fields on the right and halls of residence on the left. The hospital is on the right opposite Greenbank Park.

By public transport

The hospital is approximately four miles from Liverpool Lime Street Station in the city centre. It is easily accessible by taxi and local bus services.


Free parking is available onsite.

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Important to note

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.