Cortisone is a substance very similar to a steroid which is produced by the body.
An injection of extra cortisone increases the body's ability to reduce pain, heat, redness and swelling of the joints.
Is it safe?
Cortisone injections are widely used throughout the NHS and privately within different specialities including General Practice, Orthopaedics and Rheumatology and are regarding as safe treatments to offer patients. Occasionally people notice a flare-up of joint pain within the first 24 hours after the injection. This usually settles on its own within a couple of days.
Local steroid injections may sometimes cause facial flushing or interfere with the menstrual cycle. Other steroid-related side-effects are rare unless you have frequent injections (more than a few times per year).
Any treatment with steroids may cause changes in your mood – you may feel very high or very low. This may be more common if you have a previous history of mood disturbance.
It’s usual to see a rise in blood sugar levels for a few days after the injection if you have diabetes. Very rarely you may get an infection in the joint at the time of an injection. If your joint becomes more painful and hot you should see your doctor immediately.
Cortisone injections are:
* Powerful anti-inflammatory effect.
* Fast-acting relief of inflamed joints, tendons, and bursa.
* Safe to use.
What should I expect during my treatment?
You should come to your appointment 10-15 minutes before in order fill out your registration and consent forms. You will then be called through for your consultation. Dr Wells will spend the first few minutes going through any medical history and your consent form. Dr Wells will then examine you and ensure you are an appropriate candidate for treatment with a cortisone injection. If is it deemed that a cortisone injection is not the treatment that you need, you will simply be charged a consultation fee and the full fee will be waived. A follow up appointment will be arranged in order for reassessment and further injections as needed.
You can look forward to the benefits of the cortisone injection over the next couple of weeks.
£165 including consultation and injection