Steroid Injections

A steroid injection appointment is a medical procedure in which a steroid medication is injected directly into an area of the body that is experiencing pain and inflammation. It is done to reduce pain and inflammation in the area, allowing for improved mobility and comfort. The steroid medication works by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system, allowing the body to heal itself naturally.

Getting a Steroid Injection

During an appointment for a steroid injection, you’ll be taken through the following process:

  1. You’ll first be positioned in such a way that the area of discomfort can be easily accessed.
  2. Then, the skin is cleaned thoroughly to minimise the risk of infection.
  3. A needled syringe is then used to inject a combination of steroid medication and localised anaesthetic into the affected area. If this process needs to be guided by ultrasound you may be referred on to radiology to ensure precision.
  4. After the injection, you may be observed for a short while to monitor for any immediate side-effects.

Following the procedure, you’ll be advised on when to resume normal activities, as well as restrictions and care instructions.

Clinics who offer these services

MyClinic Elsternwick
384 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick VIC 3185
MyClinic Melbourne
91 William Street, Melbourne 3000
MyClinic South Yarra
Shop 6/300 Toorak Road, South Yarra
MyClinic Southbank
63 Power Street, Southbank, 3006
MyClinic Bacchus Marsh
12 Gell St, Bacchus Marsh VIC 3340
MyClinic Balaclava
161-163 Carlisle St, Balaclava VIC 3183 (inside Priceline Pharmacy)
MyClinic QV
Corner Swanston & Lonsdale Street, QV Retail Centre, Melbourne VIC 3000 (Inside Priceline Pharmacy)
MyClinic Prahran
191-193 Commercial Rd South Yarra, VIC, 3141
MyClinic Tarneit
412 Derrimut Road, Tarneit, VIC 3029
MyClinic Werribee Village
Shop 10 167-179 Shaws Road, Werribee Vic 3029
MyClinic Hoppers
150 Hogans Road, Hoppers

Aftercare and Recovery

Post-procedure, the patient might experience temporary soreness in the injection site. Applying an ice pack can help alleviate this discomfort, as well as over the counter pain medication. Most individuals notice an improvement in their symptoms within a couple of days to a week following the injection. However, the exact timeframe can vary depending on the individual’s body response. It’s essential to avoid activities that can potentially strain the treated area for at least a few days to allow the medication to take full effect.

Potential Side-Effects

As with any medical procedure, there can be potential side effects. These may include temporary pain and swelling at the injection site, and in very rare cases, infection. More systematic effects can include facial flushing, insomnia or changes in mood. However, these side effects are generally rare and temporary.

Success Rates and Considerations

Steroid injections can be incredibly effective in managing pain and inflammation. However, it’s important to note that the longevity and degree of relief can vary from person to person. While some individuals might require only a single injection, others may need a series of injections to achieve the desired relief. Effectiveness can also depend on the specific condition being treated.

FAQS

  • How soon can I return to work after receiving a steroid injection?

    Typically, you can return to work the next day following the procedure. However, this might vary depending on the nature of your job and the specific area where you received the injection.

  • Can I drive after having a steroid injection?

    This may vary depending on where your injection is, as local anaesthetic is often used during steroid injections. It’s generally recommended to arrange a ride home following the procedure, especially if you’ve received an injection in your lower back or leg.

  • Will I need someone to accompany me for the procedure?

    Though the procedure is typically quick and you can usually leave immediately afterwards, it might be beneficial to have someone accompany you to drive you home, particularly if you’re receiving an injection in your lower back or leg.

  • Can I exercise after receiving a steroid injection?

    It’s generally advised to avoid strenuous activities for at least a few days post-procedure to allow the medication to take full effect.

  • What signs of complication should I watch for after receiving a steroid injection?

    While complications are rare, it’s important to monitor for any signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or persistent pain at the injection site. If you notice any unusual symptoms or side effects, seek immediate attention.