Category : Steroid Injection

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Ask a Doctor: Steroid Injections

Hand surgeon Steven Goldberg, MD, answers your questions about steroid injections.


Steroid injections are a common non-operative treatment for multiple musculoskeletal conditions. The following are a list of some conditions where steroid injections may be recommended:

 

How do steroids work?

There are different types of steroids. Glucocorticoid steroids are the ones used to treat the musculoskeletal problems listed above. There are many different types of steroids that have different onsets of action, duration, solubility, and reasons for use. Any single medication may be used at different doses and volumes depending on the clinical problem. There is no single steroid regimen that is “best”. They have different effects on many different types of tissue, but they may work to reduce inflammation and change the array of proteins that cells make.

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5 facts about steroid injections

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Steroid injections can be used to treat pain in the hand and arm. Here are five things you should know about steroid injections:

  1. They can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including carpal tunnel, arthritis, tennis elbow and more.
  2. The injections typically contain a steroid called cortisone, which is different from steroids used by some athletes.
  3. Benefits of an injection may last for several weeks.
  4. Several injections may be needed to solve your problem.
  5. 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.

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