Steroid Injections for Quick Pain Relief

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What Is a Steroid Injection?

Inflammation can occur in joints and muscle tissues, causing immense pain. A steroid injection acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, greatly reducing this pain. Those who suffer from low back pain, joint pain, and even severe allergies can benefit from a steroid injection. The most common steroids used are Triamcinolone acetonide, Dexamethasone, or Methylprednisolone acetate. Usually, the injection is comprised of the steroid medication and a local anesthetic. This assists in providing immediate pain relief upon injection. Steroids can be injected into soft tissues or joints. Injections are more effective than any other way of taking steroids because they deliver a high dose of the steroid directly into the inflamed area.

Treatable Conditions

Steroid injections are used to treat and cure certain skin inflammation, such as eczema and alopecia. Joint inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, rotator cuff, and frozen shoulder can all be treated with a steroid injection, or with a series of steroid injections.

Steroid Injection Process

These injections are easily administered by a doctor. To perform a steroid injection for muscle tissue, your doctor will draw the steroid up into the syringe. He will then select and sterilize the injection location on your body. If the injection is to treat allergies, the syringe is inserted into the gluteal region. Once he inserts the syringe, he will release the steroid into the inflamed tissue, withdraw the needle, and apply a sterile bandage. If your doctor is performing a steroid injection for your joint, he may first relieve the joint of any excess fluid causing pressure. This is done prior to inserting the needle directly into the joint, releasing the steroid, withdrawing the needle, and applying a sterile bandage. You may feel very minor discomfort; but you will quickly experience significant pain relief. It may take up to a week to experience complete pain relief. Some conditions are cured after one injection. However, other conditions may cause inflammation month to month. In this case, your doctor will work with you to perform a series of steroid injections. Your chance of experiencing side effects increases as the number of steroid injections you receive increases.

Possible Side Effects

Steroid injections have a high success rate and a low possibility of side effects. Rare side effects include: bacterial infection, bleeding caused by broken blood vessels, depigmentation of the skin at the injection site, atrophy of the injection area, soreness, and blood pressure elevation. However, side effects are not anticipated.

If you have been suffering from chronic pain, contact Jeffrey M. Epstein today for a consultation to begin your journey toward pain relief.