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Steroid Injections

If you need a Steroid Injection, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is A Steroid Injection?

Steroid injections, also known as corticosteroid injections or cortisone shots, are a common medical treatment used to reduce inflammation and relieve pain in various parts of the body. They involve the injection of a corticosteroid medication, such as hydrocortisone, triamcinolone, or methylprednisolone, into the affected area.

Here are some key points about steroid injections:

  1. Purpose: Steroid injections are primarily used to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain in conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and certain joint or soft tissue injuries. They are often recommended when other conservative treatments, such as rest, physical therapy, or oral medications, have not provided sufficient relief.
  2. Mechanism of Action: Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications that mimic the effects of natural hormones produced by the adrenal glands. When injected into the affected area, they help reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain by suppressing the immune response and reducing the production of inflammatory substances.
  3. Procedure: The injection is typically performed in a doctor’s office or a clinical setting. The area is cleaned, and a local anesthetic may be applied to numb the area before the injection. Using a syringe and needle, the corticosteroid medication is injected directly into the targeted site, such as a joint, tendon sheath, or bursa.
  4. Efficacy and Duration: The effectiveness and duration of pain relief from steroid injections can vary depending on the specific condition and individual factors. Some individuals experience immediate relief, while others may have a delayed response. The duration of pain relief can range from a few weeks to several months.
  5. Side Effects: While steroid injections are generally considered safe, they can have potential side effects. These may include temporary pain or discomfort at the injection site, thinning of the nearby skin or tissues, discoloration of the skin, temporary increase in blood sugar levels (in individuals with diabetes), or a slight risk of infection. Systemic side effects are rare but may occur if large doses or repeated injections are administered.
  6. Precautions and Considerations: Steroid injections may not be suitable for everyone, particularly individuals with certain medical conditions or those taking specific medications. It is important to discuss any existing medical conditions, allergies, or concerns with the healthcare professional administering the injections. The number of injections and their frequency may also be limited to prevent potential complications.

It’s important to note that steroid injections are a temporary measure to provide relief from inflammation and pain. They do not address the underlying cause of the condition and are often used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that may include other interventions, such as physical therapy or lifestyle modifications.

If you are considering steroid injections, it is recommended to consult with a qualified healthcare professional who can evaluate your specific condition, discuss the potential benefits and risks, and provide personalized recommendations based on your individual circumstances.


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