Information for Patients Receiving a Steroid Injection

Patient Leaflets Team

  • Reference Number: HEY1005/2018
  • Departments: Radiology


This leaflet has been produced to give you general information. Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet. It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and the healthcare team, but may act as a starting point for discussion. If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team.

Why am I having this injection?

Steroid injections can be a good way of giving pain relief when the tissue is inflamed or suffering from wear and tear.

What Is In The Injection?

 It contains local anaesthetic and corticosteroid:

  • Corticosteroids have an anti-inflammatory effect
  • Local anaesthetic is used to give a temporary numbing effect to make the procedure easier for you. The numbness may remain for up to six hours after the injection, to help with pain relief

What should I do if I am taking blood thinning medication?

If you are on warfarin:

If your INR (International Normalised Ratio – a laboratory test measure of blood coagulation) level is always reliably below 3 then all you need to do is to get your INR level checked the day before the appointment with us and bring along your INR record so we can confirm your results.

If your INR level sits at 3 or above, please ring our secretary on (01482) 622046 as soon as you get this letter as you will need special instructions before you come for your injection.

If you are taking any other blood thinning medication:

Please ring our secretary on (01482) 622046 at least 2 days before your appointment for advice about what you need to do.

Also, please ring our secretary on (01482) 622046 if any of the following apply:

  • You are pregnant
  • You are epileptic
  • You are on antibiotics at the time of the scan

What should I expect following the injection?

It can take several days before any improvement is noticeable.  During this time you may experience an increase in pain in the injected area as the tissues can be irritated.  This should only last for 48 hours.

To give the injection the most successful chance of working we recommend that you rest the region that has been injected for 24 hours.

Look out for any obvious sign of infection in the injected region and if you suspect one, please contact your GP immediately.

Can I drive following the injection?

You are able to drive following your injection; however we ask that you to remain in the department for approximately 10 minutes following your injection to make sure you have no immediate side-effects before you leave.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the Radiology Department on tel no: (01482) 622046.


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