Features April 2019 Issue

Steroid Shots for Knees and Hips

Corticosteroid shots can be one part of a comprehensive arthritis treatment strategy.

Steroid Shots for Knees and Hips

Steroid injections bring down swelling and relieve arthritis pain, but you can't rely on them forever.

"If we're seeing a patient early on, when they have mild-to-moderate changes inside the knee joint, they have a much better chance of the injection lasting a long time," Golnick says. The effects of the injection can last for three months or more in someone with mild-to-moderate arthritis, but those with more severe arthritis could have a return of symptoms within a fewweeks.

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