Corticosteroid Injection Therapy

Cortisone is a very effective anti-inflammatory medication. The injections are used to treat a variety of joint and soft tissue conditions.

ProPhysiotherapy have experienced physiotherapists and podiatrists, qualified to both prescribe and administer corticosteroid injections for the treatment of joint or soft tissue inflammation and pain. These injections can aid in the rehabilitation process for many patients. Many people have the misconception that corticosteroid injections mask the pain and the symptoms. If administered in conjunction with physiotherapy or podiatry, then this is not the case.

Cortisone is a very effective anti-inflammatory medication. The injections are used to treat a variety of joint and soft tissue conditions. They have been used successfully for many years and are usually given into a joint (intra-articular) or into soft tissue such a ligaments or tendons (peri-articular). Common examples of corticosteroids are Hydrocortisone and Triamcinolone.

How do corticosteroid injections work?

Steroids are a man-made version of hormones normally produced by the adrenal glands, two small glands found above the kidneys.

When injected into a joint or muscle, steroids act an as anti-inflammatory and reduce swelling in the nearby area. This can help relieve pain and stiffness. Although they can take a few days to start working, the effects usually last for a few months and should be seen to provide a “window of opportunity” by reducing pain to enable rehabilitation. During this time with reduced pain and inflammation, you can work with your practitioner to correct the underlying issues that are responsible for your symptoms, enabling longer term resolution of symptoms.

The injections may also contain local anaesthetic, which can give immediate, short-term (few hours) pain relief. You may go home soon after the injection. You may need relative rest for the treated body part for a few days.


Who can have steroid injections?

Most people can have steroid injections where appropriate.

Tell your treating clinician before having treatment if you:

Steroid injections may not always be suitable in these cases, although your practitioner may recommend them if they think the benefits outweigh any risks.

Are there side effects?

As with any treatment, there are possible side effects. These can vary and depend on where the injection is given. Although not frequent, possible side effects of steroid injections into the joints, muscles or spine can include:


NHS Choices 2017

To book an appointment or for further information please contact ProPhysiotherapy on:

Tel – 020 88791555

New patients 2 appointments (1 x 45 mins / 1 x 30 mins) £140.00
Current patients 2 appointments (1 x 30 mins / 1 x 30 mins) £130.00
Please note: charges above do not include the drug cost and pharmacy dispensing cost.
Please read our patient injection pathway (PDF) for more information about the steps and costs involved.


The Experts…

Catherine “Kate” Robertson


Advanced Practice Physiotherapist

Achieved a distinction in her Physiotherapy Masters in Sports Injury and Therapy from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003. She works closely with the Orthopaedic Consultants at St George’s Hospital, London and at Frimley NHS Trust.  She has over 20 years experience in treating patients.

She also works as an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) in Orthopaedic Spine Clinic and performs peripheral injections and is training to perform spinal injections. She completed her Diploma in Injection Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire in 2012 and finds that using corticosteroid injections as an adjunct to physiotherapy can be exceptionally useful and successful. Kate completed her non-medical Independent Prescribing course from the University of Brighton in 2017 and therefore has the ability to prescribe the necessary medications for the injection without the need for you to see your GP for the prescription.

Kate has excellent experience in treating lower limb injuries and assessing biomechanical issue, as well as her experience in managing patients with spinal injuries and pain.

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Thomas Walton

MSc PodSurg, BSc (Hons) PodM

Specialist Biomechanical Podiatrist

Tom currently works within the NHS and Private sector. His role in the NHS is assisting the consultant podiatric surgeon in foot and ankle surgery day cases providing pre and post-operative care. He also performs injection therapy regularly for patients with foot and ankle dysfunctions.

In the private sector Tom specialises in Biomechanical Podiatry looking at the structure and function of the foot and lower limb during walking.  He is also qualified to provide corticosteroid injections and hyaluronic acid injections into the joints / soft tissues as required.

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Beverley Jerome

Having graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Physiotherapy, Beverley has practised as a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist for 19 years assessing and managing patients safely and effectively with a focus on analysis of human movement.

Beverley has a detailed knowledge of anatomy and the function of muscles, soft tissue and bony skeletal architecture. She has used injections for soft tissue and joints for some years now safely and effectively in her own practice. She sees cosmetic injectables as an extension of these already evolved skills, and having undergone further training she is now a fully qualified cosmetic aesthetician.

Driven by her passion for art and design, life drawing and fashion, Beverley decided to combine her extensive medical background and artist’s eye to create Strata Aesthetics- a unique aesthetics company that works with patients to create subtle yet effective treatments.

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