Joint pain treatment (joint injections) at Spire Thames Valley Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £2,060

At Spire Thames Valley Hospital, we provide joint injections for the treatment of inflammation and pain in joints. The procedure is done by injecting medications directly into the 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 diagnostic tests and scans
  • Expert, personalised treatments
  • Clear pricing with no hidden charges
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

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 Thames Valley

At Spire Thames Valley, we take pride in providing a high standard of private hospital care to our patients in the Thames Valley and Windsor areas. We have many dedicated rheumatologists, orthopaedic consultants and pain management specialists who can perform joint injections to relieve chronic pain and stiffness.

We offer access to tests, scans and treatment without the wait and hassle-free booking with appointment times to suit you.

How much does Joint pain treatment (joint injections) cost at Spire Thames Valley Hospital

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.

Joint pain treatment (joint injection under x-ray control) Fees
Initial consultation £160
Treatment £1,900
Aftercare Included
Guide price £2,060
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£165
Representative example
Loan amount £1,650
Deposit £250
Loan period 10 months
Representative APR 0%
Total amount repayable £1,650

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 Thames Valley 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 Thames Valley

Getting here

We’re only a 10 minute drive from both the M4 and M40 motorways and we’re less than half an hour from central London by train. We have free parking on-site.

Your consultations

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

  • Ask about your medical history
  • Discuss whether you need blood tests, an X-ray and/or an MRI or CT scan to examine your joint in more detail
  • Check your blood pressure and blood sugar to make sure a hydrocortisone injection is suitable for you
  • Explain about the procedure, anaesthetic, 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 Thames Valley for your joint injection, you’ll:

  • Meet your healthcare team
  • Be given a sedative to help you relax (if agreed upon with your consultant beforehand)
  • 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

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

When your consultant has finished, you’ll be able to relax in a recovery room until you’re ready to go home - this is usually for about half an hour or so. Before you leave, your healthcare team will give you advice on managing your pain and any exercises you can do to help improve your results.

You may have some discomfort from the injection – if you had a local anaesthetic, you may feel this after a couple of hours. However, the joint injection should improve your chronic pain in a few hours to a few days. Usually, the effects should last for a few weeks to a few months, depending on the type and strength of your injection.

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

Spire Thames Valley Hospital,

Wexham Street
Wexham
Bucks
SL3 6NH

Main Switchboard:  01753 662241

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01753 665404

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