Cortisone Injection Hip

KUER Clinic works to not only establish cause of hip pain however also reduce the symptoms attributed to a pathology within the hip. A corticosteroid injection can help to provide some symptom relief for:

  • Labral Tears
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement
  • Osteoarthrtis of the hip
  • Rheumatoid arthritis of the hip

A comprehensive assessment is completed within the initial appointment prior to the injection to allow us to focus on a complete management plan post injection. Routinely lidocaine (a local anaesthetic) is given prior to the steroid injection giving a rapid pain relief. The steroid acts as a very powerful anti- inflammatory working within the whole joint to settle down inflammation.

After the injection we recommend a period of rest for 48 hours to allow the area to settle. In this time it is recommended to use ice to assist in pain relief. After 48 hours a gradual return to normal activity is recommended.

How long does a steroid injection take to work?

Usually immediate pain relief can be felt from the injection. The pain returns when the local anaesthetic wears off usually around 8- 14 hours after the injection. The steroid should start to yield and take effect 3-5 days post injection however can continue to take effect 2-3 weeks post injection. It will be discussed in this time with your consultant whether taking pain relief would be indicated short term. It is very important after the injection to focus on introduction of a management programme to address the mechanical fault. This can be discussed at time of the cortisone injection.

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