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What are Steroid Injections ?

Steroid Injections


What are steroids?

Corticosteroids are man-made medications that resemble cortisol, a steroid that your body's adrenal glands produce naturally. Unlike growth hormones that some athletes abuse, corticosteroids are utilized for their remarkable ability to reduce inflammation and immune response within the body. 


Why is my doctor recommending a steroid injection?

While certain diseases require steroids to be applied topically to the skin, inhaled in a vapor form, or ingested as a pill, it is common for physicians to recommend a steroid injection. Injecting steroids into one or two inflamed body parts ensures that the medication reaches the injured tissue, rather than being unsure whether adequate amounts of steroid will eventually reach the problem area via the bloodstream or absorption through the skin. Depending on the condition being treated, steroid injections can be essential to ensuring successful outcomes. 


What conditions are treated with steroid injections?

Steroids are typically utilized for the treatment of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, bursitis, tendonitis in the shoulder, elbow, hip, hand, or wrist. One of the main conditions we treat at Remedy Pain Solutions is sciatica, caused by nerve root impingement or disc herniations. Sciatica responds extremely well to steroid injections into the back near inflamed nerves.


What should I expect during a steroid injection?

Steroid injections are typically able to be done at Remedy Pain Solutions, though some injections are better performed at a surgical facility. Your doctor will have you sit or lie down on a clean examination table, exposing the injection site. This area of the body is then thoroughly cleansed before numbing medication is used to minimize pain from the steroid injection itself. Typically an x-ray or ultrasound machine is used to pinpoint the exact location of the desired injection site while the needle is carefully inserted through the skin. Patients often experience a brief sensation of pressure as the steroid is injected. 


What should I expect after a steroid injection? 

You are able to go home the same day as the steroid injection and may feel better that same day, though it can take up to one week to notice the pain begin to subside. Each injection may provide relief for weeks or several months, but every patient responds differently to steroid injections. You may have dramatic improvement after a single injection, though several may be needed to effectively manage your symptoms. If you have an injection and your pain returns, it is best to return to Remedy Pain Solutions for a discussion with your doctor about whether another injection might benefit you.

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