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Joint pain treatment (joint injections) at Spire St Anthony's Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £1,332

At Spire St Anthony’s 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
  • Transparent pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Joint injections: what to expect at Spire St Anthony's

Spire St Anthony’s is a large private hospital providing an extensive range of treatments and services for our patients in Sutton and the surrounding Surrey and South London area. We offer a choice of expert rheumatologists, orthopaedic consultants, pain management consultants and sports and exercise medicine (SEM) physicians who perform joint injections and are committed to healthcare excellence.

You can expect to receive treatment without the wait, as well as 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 St Anthony's Hospital

A joint pain treatment is available from £1,332.

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.

You can trust Spire St Anthony's 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 St Anthony's

Getting here

Spire St Anthony's Hospital is close to Sutton and Epsom. Sutton and Cheam stations are both on the Victoria and London Bridge line. Worcester Park station is on the Waterloo to Epsom line. We have free on-site parking available for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

All your consultations will take place in one of our 19 accessible consultation 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

When you come in to Spire St Anthony’s for your joint injection, you’ll:

  • Meet your healthcare team
  • Have your joint felt and flexed, and possibly have excess fluid removed with a needle if necessary
  • Have a thin needle injected into your joint containing the steroid and sometimes an anaesthetic to numb the area
  • Be given a sedative to help you relax (if agreed upon with your consultant beforehand)

Sometimes, your consultant will use an X-ray machine positioned over your joint to guide the injection. They may also perform more than one joint injection, if necessary.

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:

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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