Steroid injections can be used to treat pain in the hand and arm. Here are five things you should know about steroid injections:
- They can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including carpal tunnel, arthritis, tennis elbow and more.
- The injections typically contain a steroid called cortisone, which is different from steroids used by some athletes.
- Benefits of an injection may last for several weeks.
- Several injections may be needed to solve your problem.
- The injection site may be painful for two days after the injection.
The results of steroid injections can be different for everyone. Some may find success, and some may experience one of the many possible side effects, including a “flare,” thinning of skin, weakening of tendons, or an infection. Talk to your hand surgeon about whether a steroid injection is right for you. Find a hand surgeon at www.HandCare.org.