Table of Contents
- What is cortisone steroid joint injection?
- What are the alternatives?
- Preparing for the injection
- During the injection
- After the injection
- Recovery from the injection
This guide is intended for individuals who are considering or receiving a cortisone steroid joint injection and would like more information on the procedure.
Cortisone steroid joint injections can provide pain relief and reduce inflammation caused by conditions such as arthritis or injury. It is important to note that the procedure can vary based on your individual needs and preferences, and you will have an opportunity to discuss your care with your doctor.
What is cortisone steroid joint injection?
Your doctor may recommend a steroid injection if you have arthritis in a joint such as the knee, shoulder, elbow, or wrist. Steroid injections can also be used to treat soft tissue pain and swelling, such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome. The steroids used in these injections are similar to those produced naturally by your body.
The length of pain relief can vary from one week to two months or longer, depending on the type of steroid used. The injections can be repeated every three to four months, with a maximum of three injections per year.
What are the alternatives?
Your doctor will recommend alternative treatments based on the cause of your pain, which may include steroid tablets, anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers, or physiotherapy. Discuss the options available to you with your doctor.
Preparing for the injection
Your doctor will explain how to prepare for the injection, which may take place in a hospital or your doctor’s office depending on the joint being injected. The injection may include a local anaesthetic to temporarily relieve pain during the procedure.
Before the injection, your doctor will discuss the process and address any concerns or questions you may have. You may need to sign a consent form before the procedure.
During the injection
Your doctor will examine the area and clean the skin with a sterile wipe before injecting the steroid. They may also use ultrasound or X-rays to guide the injection to the correct location.
If you have too much fluid in the joint, your doctor may withdraw it using a syringe before the injection.
After the injection
It may take several hours for the feeling to return to the joint after the local anaesthetic wears off. Pain relief may be necessary during this time.
You will usually be able to go home once you feel ready. Your doctor may assess the range of motion in your joint and recommend exercises to perform at home.
Recovery from the injection
You may experience discomfort as the local anaesthetic wears off. Your physiotherapist may suggest moving the joint or recommend minimal movement for a day or two. Follow your doctor’s or physiotherapist’s advice.
Most individuals do not experience complications after cortisone steroid joint injections. However, contact your doctor if you experience a high fever or persistent swelling or pain in the joint that does not improve after 24 hours.
As with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with cortisone steroid joint injections that are specific to each individual. Ask your doctor to explain how these risks may apply to you.
Cortisone Steroid Joint Injections FAQ
- Temporary Facial flushing.
- Temporary flare-up of joint pain and inflammation.
- Temporary rise in blood sugar levels.
- Damage to the cartilage.
- Death of nearby bone.
- Infection of the joints.
- Damage to the nerves.
- Tendon deterioration or rupture.
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