Steroid injections are often recommended for people with rheumatoid arthritis and other types of inflammatory arthritis. They may also be recommended for osteoarthritis if your joints are very painful or if you need extra pain relief for a time. The injection can reduce inflammation, which in turn will reduce pain.
When you have a cut or wound on your skin, inflammation usually occurs as the body’s natural reaction to infection or bacteria and your immune system produces extra fluid to fight this infections or bacteria, which causes swelling, redness and heat in the affected area.
In some conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system produces inflammation in the joints or other parts of the body by mistake, which can cause permanent damage if left untreated. Steroids can be used to reduce this immune reaction.
Local steroid injections are less likely to cause serious side effects than other forms of steroid medications. Steroid injections often ease inflammation in a joint so it can work better and avoid the need for oral steroids or higher doses of oral steroids, which could have stronger side effects.
Some of the most common conditions that will benefit from our Steroid Treatment are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Back pain
- Inflamed bursae (bursitis)
- Inflamed tendons near your shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, hand, or wrist (tendinitis)
- Frozen shoulder included with hydrodistension of the joint. Special technique with rapid results of increased movements within two weeks.
Steroid injection may be unsuitable for those with infection in the inflamed area or if your joint is severely damaged. It may also be unsuitable for those with a bleeding problem. Those on anticoagulant medications should take it with caution.
If you have diabetes, you will need to mention this because having a steroid injection can raise your blood sugar levels for a few days after the injection. It is important you monitor your blood sugar levels after a steroid injection.
How will Steroid Help?
Usually, 40mg of steroid is injected into the inflamed bursa and inflamed tendon sheaths under ultrasound guidance and produces good results of alleviated pain in most patients. Common bursa and tendon sheaths to be injected are in the shoulder and ankle.
A number of different steroids are available for injection. Common examples of steroid injections are hydrocortisone, triamcinolone and methylprednisolone.
Some steroid injections start to relieve pain within hours but the effects are short-term. Other steroid injections take around a week to become effective but can ease your symptoms for two months or longer. How quick the treatment works and how long it lasts depends on your condition.