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Joint pain treatment (joint injections) at Spire Manchester Hospital

At Spire Manchester 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
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Clear, simple pricing and flexible payment options

Joint injections: what to expect at Spire Manchester

Spire Manchester offers a comprehensive range of specialist treatments in our purpose-built private hospital facilities in Didsbury. We offer a choice of expert orthopaedic consultants who perform joint injections and are committed to healthcare excellence.

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

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation.

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 Manchester 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.
(1) Important: 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) Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance , Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY. 

Preparing for joint injections at Spire Manchester

Finding us

The hospital is close to the city centre, with Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria train stations being approximately 20 minutes in a taxi and only 10 minutes from Manchester Airport. We have free parking on-site 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 18 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

On the day of your procedure, you’ll come into Spire Manchester Hospital and meet your healthcare team. The procedure will take place in our dedicated day-case unit.

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 or sedation 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

Joint injections: your recovery

After your procedure, you’ll rest in a recovery room for half an hour before going home. Your healthcare team will provide you with any advice and information on how to manage any pain due to the injection.

The first few days

Following your joint procedure, you’ll need someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours, depending on which joint is injected. If you have a sedation, you'll need an adult to accompany you for 24 hours. It can take up to 48 hours for the steroid to take effect, so you should rest your joint for the first few days. Your consultant will inform you about over-the-counter painkillers to relieve any existing pain or discomfort. After the 48-hour period you should keep your joint active and do the exercises provided by our physiotherapists.

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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