What are steroid injections?
Corticosteroids for arthritis (commonly known as steroids) are synthetic drugs that closely resemble cortisol, which is a hormone that your adrenal glands produce naturally. The steroids work by decreasing inflammation and reducing the activity of the immune system.
Steroid drugs can be administered in several forms, which vary in how long they stay in the body and how easily they can dissolve. Steroids can be given systemically throughout your body through a vein (intravenously), into a muscle (intramuscularly), or by mouth (orally). Steroids can also be given locally to the precise place of your problem through the forms of eye drops, skin creams, or direct injections into the joints.
What conditions are treated with steroid injections?
Injecting steroids into the local areas of inflammation helps to direct the treatment to the problem area. Steroids are often injected directly to treat conditions such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Inflamed bursae
- Conditions related to your tendon near the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, hand, or wrist
What are the benefits of steroid injections?
Some benefits of steroid injections can include:
- Easily administered
- Few side effects
- Cortisone is a naturally occurring substance
- Injections can be done with minimal discomfort
- Can be used as an adjunct therapy along with another form of therapy (meaning you can continue taking your medications while receiving steroid injections)
Where can I go to receive steroid injections treatment?
Healthpointe now offers Regenerative Medicine Services. Among our Regenerative Medicine Services, we also offer steroid injections. Contact Healthpointe today to learn more about comprehensive evaluations and treatments including steroid injections for your arthritis symptoms!
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