Joint pain treatment (joint injections) at Spire London East Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £1,495

At Spire London East 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?

  • You can usually see a consultant within a few days of enquiry
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Clear pricing with no hidden charges

By Wallace Health I Medically reviewed by Adrian Roberts.
Page last reviewed: October 2018 I Next review due: October 2021

Joint injections: what to expect at Spire London East

Spire London East is a well-established private hospital delivering comprehensive treatment and care to our patients in east and central London and Essex. We offer a choice of expert rheumatologists, orthopaedic consultants and radiologists who perform joint injections and are committed to healthcare excellence.

You can expect to receive treatment and high-quality aftercare that’s personalised to you, without the wait. 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 London East Hospital

A joint pain treatment is available from £1,495.

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.

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 London East 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 London East

Finding us

We're located just a couple of miles from the M11 and only 20 minutes on the Central line tube to the city of London via Redbridge station. We have free on-site parking available for you and your visitors.

What to expect during your consultation

On the day of your consultation, you’ll meet one of our healthcare professionals in one of our 22 accessible consultation rooms so there’s no need to be concerned if your joint pain restricts your mobility.

At your consultation, we may:

  • Ask about your medical history
  • 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

We may also recommend further tests and scans, such as an X-ray, an MRI or a CT scan, so we can examine your joint in more detail.

Joint injections can help reduce knee pain, shoulder pain and hip pain, and particularly pain due to 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 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:

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

  • 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

How to get to us

We are located just a couple of miles from the M11 and only 20 minutes on the Central line tube from the city of London. London City Airport is a short car journey of 20 minutes and Stansted airport is just a 30 minute drive.

Find us on Google maps

Spire London East Hospital,

Roding Lane South
Redbridge
Essex
IG4 5PZ

Main Switchboard:  020 8551 1100

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  020 8709 7817

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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Sources

  • https://beta.nhs.uk/medicines/hydrocortisone-injections/
  • https://www.nhsinform.scot/tests-and-treatments/medicines-and-medical-aids/types-of-medicine/corticosteroids
  • https://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/drugs/steroid-injections/when-and-how-to-take-it.aspx