What is a joint injection?
What is a steroid injection?
Corticosteroid is an anti-inflammatory medicine that is similar to the steroids produced by our own bodies. A corticosteroid injection is designed to reduce pain, swelling and stiffness caused by inflammation in the joint.
This procedure involves the injection of corticosteroids into the affected joint. This can provide quick and long-lasting pain relief with very little risk of damaging the tendons, ligaments or nerves. These joint injections are fairly safe and can provide long-term benefits.
Normally, the pain relief lasts about 3-4 months. At that time, the procedure may be repeated if necessary.
Potential side effects from the steroid injection include menstrual irregularities, skin flushing, muscular fatigue, and gastrointestinal upset. Local side effects may include soreness at the site of injection, bruising, changes in skin pigmentation and infection. Infection is very rare and is reported in one out of every 10,000 injections. Patients are advised to refrain from excessive weight bearing activities for 24-48 hours after the injection.
We use Musculoskeletal Ultrasound to guide our injections to ensure precision and accuracy with each injection.