Joint pain treatment (joint injections) at Spire Yale Hospital

At Spire Yale 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?

  • You can usually see a consultant within a few days of enquiry
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Flexible payment options to make it easy and more affordable

Joint injections: what to expect at Spire Yale

Spire Yale provides comprehensive private hospital care to our patients across Wrexham and the surrounding region, including Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire. Our rheumatologists, orthopaedic consultants and pain management consultants perform joint injections to help relieve chronic pain and stiffness.

We offer fast access to diagnostic tests and scans, so you don’t have to wait long to find out if treatment is right for you.

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

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

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.

You can trust Spire Yale Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price1 so there are no surprises. Finance options are available through our chosen partner2.

1Important: 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 Spire Healthcare Limited is acting as a credit broker to Zebra Health Finance Limited. Company No. 09406708. Registered at 1 Worsley Court, High Street, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3NJ. www.zebrahealthfinance.com Zebra Health Finance Limited is a appointed representative of Chrysalis Finance Limited and Shawbrook Bank Limited is the lender. Spire Healthcare Ltd does not receive payment for arranging credit. All parties named here are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Credit acceptance is subject to application and status. Terms and conditions apply.

Preparing for joint injections at Spire Yale

Finding us

The hospital is a few minutes by taxi from Wrexham General and Wrexham Central stations, and approximately 25 minutes by taxi from Chester 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 six 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, local 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 return to the ward.

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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