Corticosteroid injections are commonly used for their anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties in the treatment of joint and soft tissue conditions. Here are some frequently asked questions about corticosteroid joint and soft tissue injections:
• What is corticosteroid joint and soft tissue injections?
Corticosteroid injections involve the administration of a corticosteroid medication directly into a joint or the surrounding soft tissues to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain associated with various musculoskeletal conditions.
• How do corticosteroid injections work?
Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs. When injected into a joint or soft tissue, they can suppress the local inflammation, reduce pain, and improve mobility.
• What conditions are commonly treated with corticosteroid injections?
Corticosteroid injections are frequently used to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and various joint and soft tissue inflammations.
• How long does it take for corticosteroid injections to provide relief?
Many individuals experience relief within a few days to a week after the injection. However, the duration and extent of relief can vary depending on the specific condition and the individual’s response.
• How long do the effects of corticosteroid injections last?
The duration of pain relief can vary widely but often lasts several weeks to several months. Some individuals may require periodic injections to maintain long-term relief.
• Are there any potential side effects or risks associated with corticosteroid injections?
Possible side effects may include temporary pain or discomfort at the injection site, infection, bleeding, skin discoloration, and, in rare cases, tendon or ligament damage. Corticosteroid injections can also have systemic effects, particularly if administered in large quantities or frequently.
• Who is a suitable candidate for corticosteroid joint and soft tissue injections?
Candidates for corticosteroid injections are typically individuals with musculoskeletal conditions that involve inflammation and pain. Your healthcare provider will determine if this treatment is appropriate based on your medical history and the specific condition being treated.
• How frequently can corticosteroid injections be administered?
The frequency of corticosteroid injections depends on the individual’s response and the condition being treated.
• Are there any precautions or restrictions after receiving a corticosteroid injection?
• After the injection, it is recommended to rest for up to 48 hours. This entails staying away from actions that make your discomfort worse for a maximum of 48 hours. Following this, you should attempt to gradually resume your regular activities.
• For two weeks, abstain from any high-impact workouts and activities. This aids in lowering the minor risk of tendon damage and optimise the injection’s therapeutic effects.
• Examine the injection site for any signs of infection, such as intense pain, a heated joint, redness, or swelling. If any of these symptoms occur, get emergency medical attention. Please get in touch with your GP surgery if you have any questions.
• Can corticosteroid injections be used in combination with other treatments?
Yes, corticosteroid injections can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan that may include physical therapy, medications, and lifestyle modifications.
• Are there any contraindications or situations where corticosteroid injections should not be used?
The Physiotherapist will consider your medical history and the specific condition being treated to determine if corticosteroid injections are suitable for you. In some cases, such as active infections or allergies to corticosteroids, they may be contraindicated.
• How can I best prepare for a corticosteroid injection?
Before the procedure, discuss any medications, allergies, or medical conditions with your Physiotherapist. Arranging for transportation home if necessary and wearing loose-fitting clothing can also be helpful. It’s crucial to have a thorough discussion with your treating Physiotherapist about corticosteroid injections, including their benefits, potential risks, and alternatives. This will enable you to make an informed decision about whether this treatment is right for you and to understand what to expect during and after the procedure.