A cortisol injection is a steroid injection used to treat inflammation, typically in the joints. The treatment injected to the localized area where the patient is experiencing pain. Injecting the steroid delivers a high dose of medication to the problem, while orally or intravenously administered drugs take longer to work and less of the treatment could reach the problem area.
Steroid injections to the knee or shoulder treat inflamed bursae or tendons causing a painful and limiting movement. Elbows, hips, hands and wrists can also benefit from this treatment. Other conditions that can be treated with an injection include gout, rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory diseases.
The steroid injection is typically part of a multidisciplinary treatment. Patients may be prescribed anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy and a regime of ice and rest. The injection can help with pain relief by reducing the inflammation while the condition is treated. The treatment plan depends on the nature of the problem and the overall health of the patient.
There are some side effects associated with steroid injections, which rarely occur including: infection, allergic reaction, local bleeding, skin discoloration, and ruptured tendons. Excessive injections to the same area can cause weakening of the bone, ligaments and tendons.
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