Features November 2013 Issue

Steroid Injection Insight

There are risks, but the overall benefits of steroid injections outweigh the dangers when used correctly.

Itís been 65 years since the anti-rheumatic properties of cortisone were first discovered, and use of the steroid hormone in the form of a corticosteroid injection into painful joints remains a vital part of managing osteoarthritis (OA) today. While not a cure, intra-articular injections for joint pain and those injected directly into the muscle (intramuscular injections) to ease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be a potent suppressor of inflammation, but when can too much of a good thing be bad for you?

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