To get a Corticosteroid injection or not is a common question we as Physiotherapists are often asked by clients. As health professionals we always respond in a way that provides our clients with all the details and facts they need to know to help them make an informed decision.
Corticosteroid injections are essentially a very strong form of anti-inflammatory medication. They are administered by a medical practitioner and can be given into either a painful joint or muscle.
The evidence surrounding corticosteroid injections show that they do provide some immediate pain relief, which is often a result of the local anaesthetic provided during the injection. However, it may then take the injections a few days or weeks to start working and the effect generally wears off after a few months. The best long term effects of Corticosteroid injections have been shown when the injection is administered in conjunction with ongoing Physiotherapy.
Injections and Physiotherapy
Corticosteroid injections can help facilitate your physiotherapy sessions by providing a reduction or elimination of the inflammation and pain in your joint and muscle. This allows Physiotherapy to progress through rehabilitation with less resistance, treating the underlying cause of your symptoms. However, our physiotherapist will often always recommend you start some anti-inflammatory oral medication if your symptoms require it as a way of calming the inflammatory process in your body and progressing treatment without the need for a corticosteroid injection.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any muscle joint or possible nerve irritation please contact us. We can determine if it is a musculoskeletal issue before having to see a GP. We are open 5 days a week and a couple Saturdays a month. We have early and late appointments available. Please call us at 1300 842 850 or Click here to book an appointment.